Vacation rentals in Knoxville

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Fountain City Retreat
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Entire rental unit · 2 guests · 1 bed · 1 bath

Fountain City RetreatMother-in-law suite attached to house.

Cozy Downtown Studio near UT/Downtown/Gay w/K&Qbed
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Entire condominium (condo) · 4 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Cozy Downtown Studio near UT/Downtown/Gay w/K&QbedNewly Renovated! You will love our studio apartment centrally located in the heart of downtown Knoxville! Walking distance to the many attractions, eateries, and shops. You will love our place because of the comfy bed, the ambiance, and the great location to the UT Stadium. Our studio sleeps 4 comfortably so it is great for adventurous couples, business travelers, and families. Let us know if you have any questions and we are excited to host you!

Historic Craftsman Retreat 5 Min to Downtown & UT
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Entire guest suite · 2 guests · 2 beds · 1 bath

Historic Craftsman Retreat 5 Min to Downtown & UTLocated in the heart of Downtown Knoxville in the vibrant Historic Parkridge Neighborhood. Enjoy being just 1.5 miles from Downtown & 3 miles from The University of Tennessee. **We are not within walking distance to Downtown, but you can easily catch an Uber/Lyft ride for roughly $5.

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Popular amenities for Knoxville vacation rentals

  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

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Oak Ridge Secret City Retreat- Private Heated Pool
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  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Knoxville
Couple's Retreat * Spa Shower * Private & Clean
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  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Knoxville
Trendy&Hip Spot on Hill near UT/Downtown w/K Bed
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Knoxville
Knoxville Little House
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  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Knoxville
Modern Retreat in the Heart of Knoxville
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Knoxville
Cozy Knoxville Cottage | Great for all things UT!
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  1. Entire guest suite
  2. Knoxville
Knoxville Quiet Cozy, Discounts Weekly & Monthly
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  1. Entire guesthouse
  2. Knoxville
TreeHouse Haven, Very Private, Great Location
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Knoxville
On the greenway in south Knox, near everything!
  1. Entire residential home
  2. Knoxville
"The Gathering House" Stylish Remodel-1K+4Q 2800sf
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  1. Entire residential home
  2. Knoxville
Urban Wilderness Cottage, 5 min to Downtown
  1. Entire rental unit
  2. Rockford
Quaint Apt. of A-Frame in Idyllic E TN Countryside

Top-rated things to do in Knoxville

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  • Bird Watching For Everyone
    We will meet at Keith's house in Pittman Center, have a quick orientation to the area and birding, and then head out on foot to explore the community of Emerts Cove, a section of Pittman Center, one of the richest bird areas in this part of Sevier County. We might elect to drive a short distance to a local pond and horse pasture which are often very rich in bird life. But for the most part, we'll walk for about 2.5 hours, maybe a bit more, and explore the wooded areas, forest edges, tree and hedgerows and grassy and weedy fields for a variety of bird life. Spring and summer are always better because migrant birds have returned from their wintering grounds to breed in this area and bird song is much richer. But autumn and winter are still great times to explore the bird life in Emerts Cove. During our walk, we can talk about rich history of Emerts Cove and Pittman Center as well as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. FALL Songbird migration is a great time to look for migrants and winter birds from the NORTH are moving in! Spring and Summer bring early migrants and breeding birds. There is always an abundant richness of bird life in the area! After we have explored the area for about 2.5 - 3 hours, we'll return to Keith's home and depart. Other things to note We will walk rain or shine, cold or warm, unless it's pouring and we'll try to reschedule. Wear appropriate weather and climate gear. A hat always helps with sun and any insects, bring sunscreen.
    From Price:€34 / person
  • Unplugged Waterfall Hike in the Smokies
    ***More Than Just A Hike - This Is A Gratitude Experience*** This is suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced. We're going to ditch the crowds and traffic and head out for a waterfall hike off the beaten path in the Smoky Mountains! ***Please note: Booking Private Groups Only. If you request a date, please select Private Group.*** This trail features several excellent waterfalls and cascades and is arguably one of the best waterfall hikes in the national park. We'll be unplugged, free from the distractions of our phones. This hike also includes gratitude, so please bring a positive attitude! We'll start the hike with gratitude so we can be in the right frame of mind. We'll play some other gratitude games using a deck of cards called The Grateful Deck that contain fun questions that remind us to be grateful and positive. There is a place along the trail to stop and sit by the waterfalls, while playing the Grateful Game. Since there are no phones on this hike, I'll take pics. Feel free to bring a regular camera. ***Other things to note*** - Booking Private Groups Only. - Experience is 3 Hours. - Kids are welcome. - We'll meet at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. After we meet there, we have another 3 miles to drive to get to the trailhead. - Be sure to wear comfortable clothing/shoes, and bring water. Light snacks provided. No phones.
    From Price:€50 / person
  • Wine Me, Shine Me, Dine Me-Must do tour
    Save the driving to the pros and we will just have fun! We get to ride in style on a luxury high top van or limo bus. This experience hits it all! Wine, Moonshine, Local cuisine, and fun with friends. Let the Husband/Wife team - Mike and Jenn (Hosts of the #1 rated Airbnb Experience Moonshine Walking tour) show you where the locals shop. We are living our dream showing people this amazing town we came to love after visiting just like you are! We meet up inside the Islands of Pigeon Forge. After this we will head to one of our favorite distilleries in the area. We will sample "grain to bottle" spirits from Vodka, Moonshine and Whiskey. Next you will be treated to an AMAZING lunch! No bagged lunch here! Fresh and awesome! We will be avoiding the tourist trap distilleries and take you to where WE shop! Once we leave there, we will be heading to our other location. This location has both the Winery and a moonshine distillery with over 36 different flavors of shine! Enjoy samplings of Tennessee wines and moonshines from a family doing this for FIVE generations.You can sample all the way from Pumpkin Spice to right off the still 135 proof moonshine. We have now been able to add in some time showing you all the Still and explaining the process. The reviews say it all! Don't see your dates? Large Group? Sold out? Just Message us! Jenn and I co-host
    From Price:€58 / person
  • Top Rated Wine and Shine Walking Tour
    We start by meeting under a covered pavilion to get checked in. After we give an informative overview and history of “Appalachia” wine/shine we will begin our tour. We will see working distilleries. You will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see exactly how their process works. Perfect for ADULT NIGHT out. Great couples/date night. After a short walk, we start off at an AMAZING distillery where we will taste a custom lineup just for us! At our next location we will get a true VIP experience at our favorite winery. Just remember...Tennessee does SWEET wines perfect We will take a short breather and talk history of the old timers. Even during the busiest times of the year this walk is beautiful and scenic. Once we arrive at our shine spot we get the full "VIP experience". After check-in, they will take you to an exclusive backstage tour of another working distillery (based on operating schedule). What better way to enjoy your tour then with a complimentary moonshine cocktail! Enjoy! It’s on me! If there is no tour, I will show the stills myself and answer questions. Next we will try some of the best moonshines ever made! Group size kept under 16! Don't see your dates? Large party? Message us!! 5* reviews DONT LIE! You'll have an AMAZING time. We will make sure of it! Check out my WINE/DINE/SHINE experience as well
    From Price:€41 / person
  • Bob Ross Painting Experience cri Bram
    We will paint a beautiful painting in the wet on wet style that Bob Ross made famous. We will use only Bob Ross materials such as paint, brushes, and happy little sayings. You will leave with a finished painting that you are happy with or I will paint the entire painting for you! You will also be able to see the many originals that I have created and, get this, view 2 Steve Ross Original paintings. Yes, I own 2 of Bob's sons paintings. Oh, we also have 3 golden retrievers that will be happy to say hello to you while you are painting if you would like. Masks are no longer required but encouraged if you are not vaccinated. No, I will not ask for proof. I am fully vaccinated and may or may not wear one. If you need a different time than I have listed, just contact me and we will make it work. The class usually last 2 hours or so. Lastly, everyone coming to our home for the experience needs to have paid for a spot. Please do not bring folks to tag along that have not paid.
    From Price:€82 / person

Your guide to Knoxville

Welcome to Knoxville

Knoxville is equal parts urban life and outdoor adventure, a fusion you might only find in a metropolis that sits just out of reach of the Smoky Mountains. Dubbed “Scruffy City” decades ago when it was chosen as the site for the 1982 World’s Fair, the nickname has stuck — and Knoxville has embraced being the weird, artsy cousin to Nashville’s more polished veneer. As you drive into Knoxville on Interstate-40, the 266-foot-tall Sunsphere, one of the relics of the World’s Fair, shines like a beacon, letting you know that you have, in fact, arrived in Tennessee’s third-largest city.

A university town with a massive student population, Knoxville has a youthful vibe, with plenty of art installations and indie shops. The food scene, too, is pulsing, as is the craft beer — more than 20 breweries now call Knoxville home. Hikers, bikers, and those who simply like to exist outdoors often flock to the city due to its waterfront perch (the Tennessee River divides the campus and downtown from South Knoxville, or SoKno) and the fact that it boasts more than 100 miles of paved greenways and trails. The city’s lower cost of living compared to its neighbors draws creative entrepreneurs who want to try something new, which means that with each visit to Knoxville you’re likely to discover something completely unique, off the wall, or both.


How do I get around Knoxville?

Knoxville is home to McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), which is technically in neighboring Alcoa and has daily nonstop service to cities across the United States. If you’re flying into Tennessee from overseas, you may be arriving via Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is 172 miles west of Knoxville. Though you can get around town by foot, bus, rideshare, or bike, you’ll likely want to rent a car, as Knoxville is a sprawling city with myriad attractions on its perimeter, as well as Great Smoky Mountains National Park not far away. To get around Downtown Knoxville, you can take the free Knoxville Trolley, which operates along three routes.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Knoxville?

With Tennessee’s relatively mild climate, May through October are prime months for enjoying Knoxville, the summer in particular if you plan to take advantage of the city’s many water features. The golden falls of East Tennessee are gorgeous, with the leaves peaking in mid-October each autumn. Spring, however, may very well be the best time to visit Knoxville for those who love both art and flowers. Every April, downtown Knoxville is awash in color with the annual weekend-long Dogwood Arts Festival and the multi-day Chalk Walk art competition on Market Square.


What are the top things to do in Knoxville?

Ijams Nature Center

A 315-acre compound spanning gardens, a natural bird sanctuary, and the spring-fed Mead’s Quarry, Ijams is a prime spot to while away an afternoon swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding. If you want to get your heart rate up, test your balance at the Navitat adventure park, whose tree-based terrain spans bridge crossings, tunnels, rolling barrels, nets, and zip lines.

Ale Trail

Craft beer lovers will be eager to sip their way through Knoxville’s various homegrown brews. The Ale Trail links more than two dozen craft breweries and taprooms with a passport that encourages you to visit all of them safely and get rewarded for your efforts. The Knox Brew Bus is one convenient transportation option to hit up many of the stops along the trail.

Market Square

At the turn of the millennium, many of Market Square’s buildings were vacant or boarded up; today, the area is the epicenter of much of Knoxville’s commerce and tourism. In addition to boasting water features and some excellent restaurants and bars, Market Square houses the verdant Krutch Park with its many sculptures, including the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Memorial statue.

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