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Knoxville, Tennessee where locals cherish their urban wilderness and dynamic arts and culinary scene

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Thomas Wilmer
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Even in the heart of town, Knoxville honors nature.

Discover why the East Tennessee town of Knoxville is revered as an urban wilderness, along with a vibrant downtown that rocks with an incredible array of trendy dining spots and live entertainment venues.

Kristen Combs with Visit Knoxville shares insights about the locals’ passion for outdoor activities and how the town is thriving.

Next up is a visit with Sarah Kaplan at the Knoxville Museum of Art to learn about the museum and its focus on regional art and artists.

We’ll then stop in at the four-star Tennessean Hotel where Kyle Hagerty, director of food & beverage offers fascinating insight about Knoxville’s trendsetting culinary scene.

Funding for Journeys of Discovery is provided by Nashville's Big Back Yard economic initiative focused on rural communities in the southwest quarter of Tennessee and the Shoals Region of Northern Alabama.

You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast travel show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on the NPR Podcast DirectoryiHeartRadioApple Podcast.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.