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Bristol welcome sign over State Street, spanning the two states.

Bristol is a city in Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee, United States of America.


Bristol is a city bisected by the Virginia-Tennessee border; the north half is in Virginia and the south half in Tennessee. State Street runs along the borderline and the two cities share a downtown.

Bristol, Virginia is an independent city in Virginia, bounded by Washington County, Virginia and Sullivan County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 17,835.

Bristol, Tennessee is in Sullivan County. As of the 2010 census, the city has a total population of 26,702.

Originally named Goodson, the city was renamed to Bristol in 1890.

Get in[edit]

Map of Bristol (Tennessee-Virginia)

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

Interstate 81 connects Bristol with other cities (Roanoke, VA to the north and Knoxville, TN to the south) along a scenic and well maintained corridor that is a major route for private and commercial traffic. Bristol can be accessed via exits 1, 3, 5, and 7 in Virginia and exit 74 in Tennessee. Exit 3 on I-81 leads to I-381, a short spur freeway that takes traffic into downtown Bristol.

Get around[edit]

Public transportation is available to a limited portion of the city via a municipal bus system.


  • Downtown district including shopping, historic landmarks in the history of Country Music.

Cumberland Square Park and War Memorial


  • 1 Bristol Motor Speedway, 151 Speedway Blvd. A NASCAR short track auto racing venue. An enlarged cartoon version of this track appeared as the "Motor Speedway of the South" in Pixar's "Cars" in 2006.





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Routes through Bristol
RoanokeWytheville  N  S  KingsportKnoxville via
RoanokeWytheville  N  S  Splits into and
Merges with  N  S  Johnson CityKnoxville
Merges with  N  S  KingsportKnoxville

Bristol, Virginia
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