When people think of Tennessee, their minds usually go to either Nashville or the various mountain towns throughout the state. There are plenty of other interesting cities and towns that offer exciting adventures and good eats. A few things to do in Knoxville fall into this category and it's worth a visit a least once in your life. 

If you have to road trip or even fly to this popular city, you'll save major bucks when it comes to exploring what it has to offer. 

These are just seven things you can do during your visit that are either affordable or completely free. 

Ijams Nature Center

Price: Free (donations are accepted)

Address: 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: You can hike, bike or take a dip in the crystal blue quarry while visiting this spot. There's plenty of room to social distance while still having a fun outdoor adventure.

Historic Cherokee Caverns

Price: $10

Address: 8524 Oak Ridge Hwy., Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: This cavern hosts multiple events throughout the year including movies in the cave, Halloween activities and Christmas events. You can even reserve a guided tour for your group.

The University of Tennessee Gardens

Price: Free

Address: 2518 Jacob Dr., Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: Take a stroll through these blooming gardens to see hundreds of species of flowers and plants. There are different plant exhibits throughout the year as well.

Old Gray Cemetery 

Price: Free

Address: 543 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: This cemetery was established in the 1850s and gives off an eerie, but beautiful, feel when you explore it. You can stroll through the 13 acres of peaceful resting for an unconventional adventure.

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Price: Free

Address: South Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: This spot has over 500-acres of wildlife area to explore and over 50-miles of trails you can hike to feel like you're thousands of miles away from the city.

Find the Peter Kern Library Speakeasy

Price: 💸

Address: 407 Union Ave., Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: This spot is an adventure to find and the atmosphere is worth experiencing itself. This bar used to be a library and there are still relics from that time.

Take A Stroll Down Graffiti Alley

Price: Free

Address: Strong St., Knoxville, TN

Why You Need To Go: Also known as Strong Alley, this spot has dozens of cool murals that you can take photos in front of that are constantly changing.

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