For our group travelers we’ve put together sample itineraries that can be detailed to meet the needs of your group. Let the Bristol CVB and Tri-Cities Tennessee Travel Connection help develop a specialty tour to make your group’s visit both memorable and unique! As each specialty tour is distinctive, please contact us early so that we may plan a truly unforgettable tour!
Day One Activities
Birthplace of Country Music Museum (1 1/2– 2 hours): The museum celebrates the influence and importance of Bristol’s rich and unique musical heritage. The historic building offers a state- of-the-art, interactive multimedia experience charged with making history come alive. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum features traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian. Special guided tours available.
Historic Downtown Bristol (1-3 hours): A certified Main Street USA community, Historic Downtown has a thriving Arts and Entertainment District. It is full of specialty shops, dining, galleries and more for your group to explore.
Walking Tour (Guided: 30-45 minutes; Self guided:1-2 hours): Take a guided (available for groups only) or a self-guide walking tour through revitalized Historic Downtown featuring turn-of-century architecture, and learn why Bristol TN/VA is the true Birthplace of Country Music. Maps are available through the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Bristol CVB for a guided group our and rates.
The Southern Churn (45 minutes): Offering churned ice creams, nostalgic candies, more than 20 flavors of homemade fudge, roasted nuts and tasting tours.
Taste of the South (30 minutes-1 hour): Take a walk in the past as your group samples some good ole’ southern cuisine at Cranberry Lane.
Tennessee Ernie Ford House (30 minutes –1 hour): Visit the childhood home of this nationally-renown entertainer and Bristol Native; garnished throughout with memorabilia of his career. NOTE: The Tennessee Ernie Ford House tour must be arranged in advance.
Day Two Activities
Rocky Mount (2+ hours): Step back in time to 1791 and tour William Cobb’s homestead, experiencing life as it was during Cobb’s day. Resting at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, this living history museum offers interpretive tours through a day in colonial life, including demonstrations of crafts, farming practices and eighteenth century cooking techniques.
Bristol Caverns / Appalachian Caverns (2 hours): Visit the underground where cavern chambers feature geologic formations and year-round temperature of 56-60 degrees. These are some of the largest caverns in the Smoky Mountain Region and over 200 million years old. Guided tours.
Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway (2 hours): Home of the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile” track and host to Nationwide and Sprint Series NASCAR events in April and August. Bristol Dragway hosts an NHRA event each June and many other events throughout the year. Track tours are available of the famous high banks of Bristol’s oval track and dragway. Speedway In Lights (November-January), is a 4-mile driving tour that is sure to get anyone in the spirit of the season with almost 2 million holiday lights, a Santa’s Village and more.
The Pinnacle: Bristol, Tennessee’s newest shopping center which features Belk, Bass Pro, Boot Barn, Marshalls, many other stores and restaurants.
The Falls: Shopping Center with Cabela’s, Lowes, restaurants and more.
Evening Entertainment Options
Paramount Center for the Arts: Historic landmark theater and movie palace from 1931; preserved in its original, opulent art-deco style. Enjoy music concerts, ballets and theatre performances. Performance dates and shows vary.
Music Scene: Enjoy the live music scene in Bristol with a variety of genres. From May-October, you can listen to outdoor concerts in Historic Downtown Bristol; from the weeknight performances at the Downtown Center and Monday nights at the Pickin’ Porch to the monthly Border Bash and the Annual Bristol Rhythm and Roots Music Festival in September. Many are free to the public. Check out PickBristol.com for all live music schedules in Bristol.
Carter Family Fold: Located approximately 20 miles from Bristol is the homestead of The Carter Family. One of the recording artists during the Bristol Sessions in 1927, The Carter Family became one of the largest influences in country music. Every Saturday night the fold hosts an evening of traditional mountain and folk music with some good old-fashion foot stomping and flat footing.