Visiting Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia
Walk the Line in Historic Downtown Bristol
Dance along State Street where Tennessee meets Virginia and walk in the footsteps of country music legends! Bristol is the bridge between The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail and Tennessee’s Music Pathways—the place where your exciting journey through the history of country music begins.
Explore Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia
Bristol’s beautifully revitalized and walkable historic downtown will make you feel right at home among our locally owned restaurants, breweries, shops, galleries, hotels, and businesses—even an award-winning craft distillery—all just steps away from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.
Make it a destination with an overnight stay at The Sessions Hotel or Hotel Bristol and take in a show at the elegant Paramount Bristol lunch at the famous Burger Bar where Hank Williams was last seen alive; enjoy a sweet treat at Southern Churn or Blackbird Bakery; and so much more!
The Museum is located in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee.
The Tennessee Side
From the Hands On! Discovery Center and Gray Fossil Site to legendary music venue The Down Home in Johnson City, the Tennessee side has just as much to offer in the way of attractions and outdoor recreation, all within an hour’s drive or less from Bristol. Our tourism partners and friends at Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association will help guide you.
The Virginia Side
Bristol is part of the greater region of Southwest Virginia, which is steeped in the traditions of Appalachian music, arts, culture, and outdoor adventure. From The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons to the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, our friends at Visit Southwest Virginia are the best resource for things to do and see just outside Bristol on the Virginia side.
Special Exhibit: The Way We Worked
Oct 30, 2021 - Jan 23, 2022
Oct 30, 2021 @ 10:00 AM
Virtual Speaker Series: Jennifer Licko on Appalachia and Scottish Folk Songs
Nov 9, 2021 @ 07:00 PM