Kingsport Sights and Landmarks Guide, Tennessee
Kingsport has emerged as a great tourist haven not only because of its unique positioning (which gives one access to many nearby areas) but also because of its extended history and its geographical diversity. No wonder Kingsport sights and attractions range from natural attractions to many historically important sites, art centers, theaters and even sporting arenas.
Kingsport Sights – Natural Attractions
The greatest natural attraction of Kingsport is certainly the Holston River, which continues to be the lifeline of the Eastern Tennessee region. Two dams, namely, the Cherokee Dam and the South Holston Dam have been built on the meandering river.
Among other natural lures of Kingsport are its many natural trails, state parks/national reserve areas. A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Roan Mountain State Park or Warrior's Path State Park or for that matter, a walk down the Appalachian Trail is enough to rejuvenate anybody.
Kingsport Sights – Important Pre-historic/Historic Sites
Kingsport region has many scattered evidences of pre-historic settlements and these sites are among Kingsport’s chief attractions. Good examples of such sites are the Appalachian Caverns; the caverns were once a part of the life of the Native Indian tribes, who would meet here or go into hiding. Of course, the caverns have been used in successive historical periods. These caverns were opened for public viewing in 1991 and today guided tours are available. The Appalachian Caverns have now become home to different bat-species, including the endangered gray bats and these have become additional lures of the caves.
The Bristol Caverns, which was once the secretive attack and escape route of marauding Indian tribes, are also among the top area attractions. The caverns with their stalactite and stalagmite formations are natural wonders of unsurpassed natural beauty.
Moreover, the area has several historically significant sites and structures. To start with, we must name Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, which helps one appreciate the efforts of the industrious tailor who went on to become the 17th President of USA.
Then, there is the Allandale Mansion, better known as the ‘White House’ of Kingsport. The fine furnishings, antique and art collection of the place are certain things to be admired. Kingsport's Exchange Place also finds a place in the National Register of Historic Places and very nicely focuses on the way life was led in the 1800s. Other important inclusions are Netherland Inn, Hammond House, etc.
Kingsport Sights – Area Museums and Other Sights
Kingsport region is home to many museums. B. Caroll Recee Museum safe-keeps some B. Caroll Recee memorabilia, musical instruments as well as different Tennessee artifacts. Then, there is the Jonesborough / Washington County History Museum that gives you a comprehensive idea about the oldest town in Tennessee. Other important museums in the area are Hands On! Regional Museum, the John Fox Jr. Museum, Nathanael Greene Museum, Southwest Virginia Museum, the Depot Museum, etc.
Sporting venues like the Bristol Motor Speedway (NASCAR) and Kingsport Speedway and Hunter Wright Stadium and art centers like Wall Gallery, Meadowview Regional Art Collection and Paramount Center of the Arts are worth visiting. Among other frequently visited Kingsport sights are the Archie Campbell Tourism Complex, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium and The Carter Family Fold and Museum (in Hiltons, VA).
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