Kingsport (pop. 48,205) is a city in Eastern Tennessee.
Interstates I-81 and I-26. (I-26 may be shown as I-181 on older maps or GPS navigators.) U.S. Highways 11-W and 23
Greyhound has a bus stop located downtown with daily service.
The principal way to get around town is by automobile. Traffic is often light and driving is thus typically not a challenge.
Parking is plentiful in downtown areas and usually free of charge.
Kingsport has a public transit system (Kingsport Area Transit System or "KATS") with buses that run six hourly routes that cover downtown, major employers and major shopping areas.
Kingsport has several taxi companies available for hire:
- Courtesy Cab - +1 423 230-0285
- Tri City Cab Company - +1 423 246-9037
- C & S Taxi - +1 423 765-2376
Kingsport has a few signed bike routes available for use. Moreover, the Greenbelt is a multi-use path that connects many main parts of the city. Bike riders should use extreme caution when riding on roads, as many local drivers are not accustomed to bicycles.
Most of the downtown area is easily accessible on foot, and sidewalks are provided in many parts of the city.
- Up Against the Wall Gallery, 316 East Market St, ☏ . One of the largest galleries in the Southeast features lamps, jewelry, pottery, and unique custom framing.
- Meadowview Regional Art Collection, 1901 Meadowview Pkwy, ☏ . A collection of original art by regional artists.
- Exchange Place, 4812 Orebank Rd. A living history farm.
- The Netherland Inn, The Nation's only registered historical site which was both a stage stop and a boatyard. The restored Netherland Inn and section of the Old Historic Boatyard depict an intimate study of a way of life that is intriguing part of America's heritage.
- Hammond House, Visit this fully restored late-Victorian house on the National Register of Historic Places for a glimpse of the architecture and life-style of this era. See antique furnishings including a fainting couch, working foot-pump organ, working Edison phonograph, wood-burning heat stove and (electrified) wood-burning cook stove and others.
- Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail, 2144 Netherland Inn Rd. One of the nation's most historic routes, the Wilderness Trail was blazed by Daniel Boone in 1775.
- [dead link] The DKA Gallery, 140 West Main St, ☏ . The DKA Gallery is a non-profit contemporary fine art gallery created in partnership with the Madison Art Center in Nashville.
- Kingsport Mets Local Minor League Baseball Team.
- Listen to free bluegrass concerts on Broad Street on summer Friday evenings.
- Listen to free blues/rock/gospel concerts on Broad Street on summer Thursday evenings.
- There is a playhouse in nearby Bristol, which also has the famous racetrack hosting major NASCAR and NHRA events.
- The Kingsport Renaissance Center has periodic plays.
- Visit Boat Yard/Riverfront Park, Netherland Inn Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, 423-229-9457,
This section of the Greenbelt Linear Park includes a swinging bridge, picnic area, playground, jogging/bicycle path, fishing and historical markers.
- Ride horses at Warriors' Path Riding Stables, 490 Hemlock Park, Kingsport, TN 37663-2073, 423-323-8543,
Enjoy guided trail rides with beautiful woodland scenery.
- Many events, shows, festivals of various types throughout the year. See the "GoTriCities" section of the Kingsport Times News on Thursdays for listings.
Most of the major retailers have outlets here, primarily along Stone Drive (US Route 11W) or at the Fort Henry Mall.
Kingsport has a variety of locally and regionally operated eating establishments to suit the needs of any palate.
- The Chop House, 1704 N. Eastman Road, ☏ . Kingsport's #1 restaurant for great steaks and chops in a warm, friendly environment.
- Chef's Pizzeria, 254 W. New Street, ☏ . A popular pizzeria located downtown serving pizzas, calzones, salads, and more. Proclaimed home of Tennessee's largest pizza--the 28" (71cm) Big Chef
- Edo Sushi Bar & Grill, 818 Johnathan Way, ☏ . One of the few places to get fresh sushi in town, but also has numerous other Japanese-inspired dishes.
- Giuseppe's, 2539 East Stone Drive, ☏ . A pricier Italian restaurant but with a plethora of top-quality dishes available.
- Pal's. A very popular local fast-food chain serving hotdogs, hamburgers, french-fries, and more. While there tend to be long lines during lunchtime, service is nevertheless usually very quick.
- Pratt's BBQ, 1225 E. Stone Drive, ☏ . Serves typical cuisine from the southern United States, particularly barbecue.
- La Carreta, 1336 South John B. Dennis Highway. A quick and inexpensive local Mexican restaurant serving all types of the typical Mexican-American cuisine.
- Riverfront Seafood Company, 1777 Netherland Inn Road, ☏ . A seafood restaurant serving everything from salmon to lobster. Also has a fresh onsite seafood market with a variety of fresh fish available for purchase.
In addition, fast food chains such as McDonald's or Subway are available in numerous locations throughout the city. Additionally, many chain restaurants including Olive Garden and Chili's are located around the intersection of Stone Drive and Eastman Road.
Clubs and bars with live entertainment in and around Kingsport include Acoustic Coffeehouse, Pickin' Porch, Bistro 105, River's Edge Restaurant, Bridges Cafe, Cahootenanny's, Gatsby's, Stir Fry Cafe, Nashville Sound, Country's Stateline Tavern, Picasso's.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1217 Stewball Cr, ☏ .
- MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center, 1901 Meadowview Pkwy, ☏ , fax: .
- Fox Manor Bed & Breakfast, 1612 Watauga St.
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|Wytheville ← Bristol ←||N S||→ Jct W E → Dandridge → END|
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|Catlettsburg ← Paintsville ←||N S||→ Johnson City → Asheville|