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Bristol

The Tale of One City, Bordering Two States

From award-winning craft breweries to acclaimed performing arts, there’s an abundance of activities and events in the area to ensure an authentic and entertaining stay. Enjoy live country music, acres of park systems and miles of trails, scenic golf courses, and so much more.

Birthplace of Country Music

In 1927, Ralph Peer of Victor Records came to Bristol to record local acts Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. These early Bristol recordings laid the groundwork for much of the country music that followed, and in 1998, Congress passed a resolution recognizing Bristol as the "Birthplace of Country Music."

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Birthplace of Country Music Museum - 62 ft.

520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201, (423) 573-1927

Text, artifacts, and interactive displays tell the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, which recorded some of earliest and most influential country music in America.

Carter Family Fold - 25.4 mi.

3449 A P Carter Hwy, Hiltons, VA 24258, (276) 386-9480

Honoring the first family of country music, the Carter Family Fold is a live concert venue dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional country music.

Downtown Center - 0.4 mi.

810 State St, Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 764-4171

From up and coming acts to big name bands, Downtown Center hosts free full moon concerts Tuesdays and Thursdays in front of its colorful Country Music Mural.

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Center for the Arts

The love for live art comes in many forms—symphony, stand-up, opera, ballet—and the local theaters do an exemplary job of capturing them all. Catch a performance at the Barter Theater in Abingdon or skip across the state line to see a show at the Paramount or Niswonger Performing Arts Center. You’ll thank us later.

Paramount Center for the Arts - 0.2 mi.

518 State St
Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 274-8920

Built with a classic Art Deco facade and neon marquee, this opulent performing arts venue boasts a 732-seat auditorium, complete with Mighty Wurlitzer organ.

William King Museum of Art - 15.4 mi.

15 Academy Dr NW
Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 628-5005

The museum’s mission is to provide arts education, exhibit fine art, and preserve the region’s cultural heritage.

Virginia Cultural Center and Marketplace - 13.6 mi.

415 One Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 492-2400

Showcasing the best in craft and home for ‘Round the Mountain, Southwest Virginia’s artisan network.

Theatre Bristol - 0.1 mi.

512 State St
Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 212-3625

From new romance to love for family, community, country, and society, Theatre Bristol is full of laughs and heart-warming moments for the whole family, as well as thought-provoking and important reflection and connection.

Barter Theater - 15.6 mi.

127 W Main St
Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 628-3991

Beginning in 1933 with patrons paying in produce, Barter is the longest-running professional theatre in the nation with more than 160,000 visitors each year.

E&H McGlothlin Center for the Arts - 24.7 mi.

415 One Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 944-6333

A true center of creativity that leads to inspiration, of energy that leads to exploration, and of quality that leads you back.

Parks and Recreation

Get back to nature at one of Bristol’s 15 parks and recreation areas, perfect for horseback riding, hiking and wildlife watching. Other highlights include the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, segments of the famous of the Appalachian Trail, and Bristol Caverns for underground adventures.

Steele Creek Park Nature Center  - 3.7 mi

Steele Creek Park Rd,
Bristol, VA 24202

A 2,200-acre lakefront park with paddle boating plus regular & disc golf, a mini train, and nature trails.

Cherokee National Forest - 9.3 mi.

Elizabethton, TN 37312
(423) 476-9700

Encompassing over 650 thousand acres of land, the Cherokee National Forest is divided into sections by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Virginia Creeper Trail - 15.5 mi.

201 Peacan Street SE,
Abingdon, VA 24210

The 35-mile (56 km) multi-purpose rail trail, runs from Abingdon to Whitetop, Virginia near the North Carolina state line – through National Forest and crossing numerous restored trestles and crossing the Appalachian Trail. 

Sugar Hollow Park - 6.0 mi.

Steele Creek Park Rd,
Bristol, VA 24202

The 35-mile (56 km) multi-purpose rail trail, runs from Abingdon to Whitetop, Virginia near the North Carolina state line – through National Forest and crossing numerous restored trestles and crossing the Appalachian Trail.

Bristol Motor Speedway - 9.0 mi.

151 Speedway Blvd
Bristol, TN 37620 (423) 989-6900

Conceptualized and constructed in 1960, the Bristol Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR race in the summer of 1961, and the rest has been a glorious blur.

Backbone Rock Recreation Area - 31.0 mi.

Shady Valley, TN 37688

Open season: 4/27/2020 - 10/12/2020. A campground situated along the beautiful Beaverdam Creek at an elevation of 2,100 feet in northern Johnson County.

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Golf Courses

With an overabundance of sprawling green space, Bristol and the surrounding areas are abound with plentiful public golf courses. Set up a tee time to practice your swing, putt around the fairway, and enjoy the native flora and fauna while chipping your way to golf championship glory. 

Clear Creek Golf Course - 7.6 mi.

732 Harleywood Rd
Bristol, VA 24202, (276) 466-4833

Regarded as one of the Tri-Cities' finest public courses, Clear Creek Golf Club provides smooth, pristine fairways for a spectacular round of golf every time.

Steele Creek Park Golf Course - 4.0 mi.

20 Little Ln
Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 764-6411

This beautiful but challenging 9-hole course encompasses 65 acres of the park and includes a 300 foot driving range, practice green, and chipping area.

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Breweries

From barrel-aged Tennessee whiskey to Virginia orchard brandy, dating all the way back to the 1700s, Bristol has set the bar high for modern-day breweries that now serve the city across both state lines. When you’re ready to order a flight or sample your way around town, here are a few of our favorite breweries to begin at. 

Elderbrew- 0.2 mi.

224 6th St,
Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 360-3258

Bristol, Tenessee's first small-batch brewery.

Cascade Draft House- 0.4 mi.

828 State St,
Bristol, TN 37620, (423) 360-3258

Offers a unique selection of 40 craft beverages that are continuously in rotation for new choices. 

Gypsy Circus Cider Company- 24.0 mi.

2645 Fort Henry Dr,
Kingsport, TN 37664

Tennesse's first cidery.

JRH Brewing- 25.7 mi.

458 W Walnut St,
Johnson City, TN 37604 (423) 722-3410

Johnson City Brewing Company- 25.4 mi.

257 E Main St,
Johnson City, TN 37601, (423) 930-4186

Bristol Station Brewery & Pub - 0.1 mi.

1 Piedmont Ave
Bristol, VA 24201, (276) 608-1220

Build inside a historic Greyhound Bus depot in downtown, Bristol Station has an ever-changing beer menu, showcasing the best ingredients of the season.

Lost State Distilling - 0.2 mi.

200 State St,
Bristol, TN 37620 (423) 797-4432

Produces small batch Gin, Rum, and Tennessee Whiskey.

Wolf Hills Brewing- 15.9 mi.

350 Park St SE
Abingdon, VA 24210(276) 477-1953

A rotating list of house brews in a funky indoor/outdoor space with art & live bands.

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Shopping

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, we’ve got you covered! Bristol features an array of retailers ranging from longstanding mom and pop shops to newer specialty boutiques. You’ll find some of your favorite brand names stores here too, all just minutes from our front door.

State Street Shopping – 0.2 mi.

Local Merchants on State Street Bristol, VA/TN

State Street features specialty gift shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants, antique shops, and a variety of theatre, street festivals, and live music.

The Pinnacle – 5 mi.

460 Pinnacle Pkwy, Bristol, TN 37620, (276) 466-2626

The region’s premier lifestyle shopping destination, The Pinnacle also houses some of the region’s best restaurants, eateries, and unique entertainment opportunities.

Local Events

Whether you’re into football, fast cars, steel horses or live music, the city of Bristol and it’s bordering towns are chock full of festivities for all ages and interests. Full moon concerts, film festivals, food and wine tastings, and world-famous NASCAR races are just a few of the ways to spend your time in town.

January

  • The Black Jacket Symphony
    - Paramount Center for the Arts

April & August

  • Popular NASCAR Events
    - Bristol Motor Speedway

May

  • Main Street Saturday - May 2, 2020
    - Downtown Bristol

May-September

  • Full Moon Jam Concert Series
    - Downtown Center

June-August

  • Bristol Pirates Baseball
    - DeVault Memorial Stadium

July-August

  • Virginia Highlands Festival
    - Abingdon, VA

September

  • Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
    - Downtown Bristol

October

  • PUSH! Film Festival
    - Downtown Bristol

December

  • Bristol Christmas Parade
    - Downtown Bristol

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