Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee and Virginia offers small town charm and breathtaking natural beauty.
D E S T I N AT I O N S : W E E K E N D G E TAWAY
Mountain Empire Tri-Cities Region of Tennessee is the quintessential rural getaway.
AT A G L A N C E Access: By commercial ﬂight, the TriCities area is serviced, regionally, by TriCities Regional Airport. Population: Approx. 500,000 in the region. Climate: Generally mild, with measurable differences based on altitude; cooler evenings in general and an intense fall. Main Attractions: Fall foliage, scenic paths, parks and historical interests.
OKLAHOMA MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2013
et’s face it: Most travelers with any experience can name the great cities of the world, the American “second cities” that are equally as appealing and, of course, well-traveled specific tourist destinations. But is Manhattan, Miami Beach or Milan the kind of place you want to head off to, with limited vacation time and a deep need to get away from the hustle of modern reality and recharge your battery, whether solo, on a romantic recharge or with the whole family in tow? Not so much. To really escape to the quiet world – the world of Walden’s Pond and wanderlust –one must escape the tried and true and certainly abandon any list of most popular tourist destinations. The good news? The United States is full of just such places, in virtually every state and in any type of physical environment you might personally find refreshing, from desert to remote beaches to mountains
and every other green-scape. And in the TriCities region of northeast Tennessee. While major cities and western Tennessee are better-known visitor regions in the Volunteer State, this region and its primary city, Kingsport, make for an exceptional natural getaway. Particularly in the fall, when the region turns lush and colorful, this obscure part of the state is a hidden treasure that should not be missed. Check into your accommodations and acclimate to your environment. While three cities and land in two states technically fall into this region, Kingsport is the best bet for accommodations and access to the regional natural attractions. If a late dinner sounds good, try Braeden’s Barbeque for a delicious take on regional cooking. Walk it off in this quaint town, and you’ll be aching to see more of the area by morning. Saturday morning, it’s time to connect to the region’s past, and there is no better way than Exchange Place, a farm that to this day