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Knoxville Car Rentals & Travel Guide

As Knoxville poet Nikki Giovanni sagely posited, “I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try.”

Don’t make this the year you just think about taking a horizon-expanding trip to a new destination; instead, make it happen. Start with her hometown, nestled in the scenic Great Smoky Mountains. You could spend days moseying along Knoxville’s city streets, discovering hidden treasures in the form of inventive eateries, inspired microbreweries, and trendy boutiques. But if you want to really get in touch with Mother Nature, your Knoxville car rental can take you to new adventures beyond the city limits to the area’s greenways and trails—finding historic sites, nature preserves, and friendly locals wherever you go. And the money you save with Travelocity’s rental car deals in Knoxville will help you turn those “could-haves” into will-dos”.

Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Knoxville?

That’s like asking which is better: Crinkle-cut or waffle-cut French fries. Downtown Knoxville has the University of Tennessee and attractions like the World’s Fair Park and the Women’s Suffrage Memorial. But outside of town, you can enjoy nature’s playground with lakes, rivers, and green forests as far as the eye can see. That’s why it’s a great idea to rent a car in Knoxville—you can enjoy both types of fries. Here are some of our favorite hotels in and around Knoxville (all of which offer plenty of self-parking):

  • Hilton Knoxville – Conveniently located in the heart of the city, the Hilton is a short walk from the financial district, the University of Tennessee, and Market Square. Guests can enjoy their meals at the hotel’s rustic restaurant, have a cocktail at the bar, or take a dip in the pool.
  • Best Western Knoxville Suites – Start your morning with a free hot breakfast, then hop in the car to explore the wilderness north of downtown, like Blue Ridge State Park. The Best Western’s spacious guest suites make a perfect home base if your vacation should turn into an extended stay.
  • Hampton Inn Oak Ridge – Put your rental car to good use with a cruise through the twists and turns in the scenic Devil’s Triangle. If you prefer a more scientific pursuit, visit the nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory. No matter how your adventure turns out, a restful night’s sleep in your comfortable guest room will recharge your batteries for tomorrow.
  • Hilton Knoxville Airport – Thanks to its business services and proximity to the airport, the Hilton is ideal for the corporate traveler. And being situated south of town makes it a great option for vacationers planning on spending much of their time in the Great Smoky Mountains nearby. Whether your day was filled with conferences or conifers, a dip in the hotel pool is a great way to decompress.

A Whole New Meaning to “Great Outdoors”

Flights to Knoxville arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), a short 14-mile drive from downtown. You can pick up the keys to your rental car in Knoxville from the agency courtesy counters near baggage claim while you’re waiting for your luggage to appear on the carousel. At that point, you are ready to begin your adventure in the Marble City.

Intrepid explorers will love Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is just 30 miles to the southeast. Take a guided horseback ride along picturesque trails for glimpses of elk, white-tailed deer, and even black bears! For an easy stroll sans steed, drive your Knoxville rental car out to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, where you can leisurely follow the path alongside mountain streams, primeval forests, and a spectacular collection of rustic colonial log buildings. Up for a more pulse-pounding time on foot? Hike to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the Volunteer State. With every step, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Smokies and a feeling of accomplishment. Experience one of nature’s beautiful oddities at the Lost Sea—the world’s second-largest underground.

Visit the Heart of the Valley

The incredible vistas of Tennessee are right in front of your windshield when you reserve one of Travelocity’s cheap rental cars in Knoxville. And when you bundle your airfare and accommodations together, you save even more money—money better spent creating Great Smoky Mountain memories that will last a lifetime.

Here at Travelocity, we’re committed to helping you score cheap deals on Knoxville car rentals. We’ll have your rental car waiting for you as soon as you arrive in town. Traveling with your whole family in tow? Choose a spacious and affordable van to keep your crew sane throughout the trip. Exploring the city with your sweetheart? Reserve a swanky two-seater as you paint the town red. With our low rates on rental cars in Knoxville, you can go out and smell the roses, without stressing out your bank account. You can even use our mobile booking app to snag exclusive deals, so you can spend more on your adventures and less on your vehicle.