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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 Abington 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.

Barter Theater - 15.6 mi.

127 W Main St
Abington, 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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. 

Studio Brew - 0.2 mi.

221 Moore St
Bristol, VA 24201, (423) 360-3258

What began in a five-gallon bucket in 2008 is now an award-winning brewery and taproom, owned and operated by husband and wife Erich and Pam Allen.

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.

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-August

  • Border Bash Concert Series
    - 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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