Johnson City (Tennessee)Eastern Tennessee. With a population of just over sixty thousand, the city is the 8th largest in the state.
- Greyhound 137 W Market St.
address: 200 Hyder Hill Rd, Piney FlatsAn 18th century living history open air village. They have people dressed in period clothing demonstrating what life was like at the time. They make their own soap from lye, and its available for sale in the gift shop along with many other handmade or souvenir-type things. The Museum is located just north of town, and can be reached by bus on the SILVER LINE.
phone: +1 423 434-HANDaddress: 315 East Main StKids science and discovery museum.
phone: +1 423-439-3659address: 1212 Suncrest Dr, GrayHome to an on-going archaeological dig site, Gray Fossil Site, as its name is usually shortened to, was prehistorically a tar pit that trapped and preserved many an animal.
address: 300 W. Main StFounded in 1976, the Down Home has become a mecca for music lovers in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The primary emphasis is on quality music, and the performance atmosphere promotes listening rather than socializing. There is plenty of time for friendly conversation before the show and between sets. With an excellent sound system hung from the ceiling, the club is a favorite of performers as well as listeners. Beer & Food Available. Cash Only
Cootie BrownsIdiosyncratic place with an eclectic menu - all very tasty. Arguably the best pizza in JC.
Crazy TomatoPizza and Italian
Main Street PizzaGood pizza and good beer selection. Open late.
Mama Mia's PizzaPizza and Italian
Mid City GrillOpen late, the best burger in the state of Tennessee.
Pal'sRegional fast food chain best known breakfast-wise for their cheddar rounds, easily recognizable by the giant burger, hot dog, bag of fries, and soda cup on the building. Known for quick service, unless you are caught in the lunch time rush.
Poor RichardsLocal institution serving sandwiches and such.
Red Pig BBQ
Scratch PizzaBrick oven pizza. Order the "trust pizza" (they decide what to put on it), a Dr. Enuf (JC's local soda), and choose a record from their collection to spin. You won't regret it. BYOB
Simms PizzeriaNY style pizza
Acoustic CoffeehouseLive music, coffee, and good beer.
Cahootenany'sA proper dive bar. Offers around 40 beers on tap. A pool table is available, and live music on certain nights of the week. Order a 'Grateful Dead'
The CottageA blue collar bar.
Capone'sOne of the biggest music venues in Johnson City. Open 7 days a week, with different activities such as house bands and sports games on different nights of the week. There's a bar/performance area as well as a huge backroom, which offers a separate bar and more of a club feel.
HaloAnother dive bar, located in the heart of downtown on Main Street. It's a popular college hangout, and offers some of the cheapest drink specials in town. On Thursday nights, you can pay $7.00 for all you can drink beer. Typically isn't open during the daytime hours. Offers a great patio on warmer nights. Offers all different types of live music
New BeginningsA lively entertainment venue that caters mainly to the area's LGBT community.
Numan'sBar and pool hall. If you're bothered by smoke, avoid this bar. Otherwise, a fun place to go throw back a few.
Tipton Street PubOne of the more visited bars in town, always with a diverse crowd. Good food and drink specials all day. On weekends and certain nights of the week, the pub gets rather crowded, so get there early for a guaranteed seat. Numerous T.Vs which will always have the game on. Jukebox, no live music. Sometimes the frat boy and teenie bopper crowd will spill over from 112 next door.
Peanut's Mecca CafeA very small, beer only bar downtown, popular amongst local musicians. Cheap jukebox.
112 DowntownA restaurant by day, club by night. More upscale than other places around downtown. Popular with frat boys and sorority girls. If you're not into that kind of scene, stick to Tipton's next door.
phone: +1-423-979-6400address: 1216 W. State of Franklin RdA nice hotel, with a very nice bar and restaurant. Claims on their website that they are a revival of the old hotel that once existed- and this might be true in terms of their inspiration- but the hotel building itself is only a few years old.
phone: +1-432-282-4011address: 2606 N. Roan St
- Carter Family Fold, Hilton, VA. Probably the most interesting destination in the whole area. Old-time and bluegrass music, about an hour away. $7 to get in, concerts every Saturday night.
- Rock Creek Camp Ground is a U.S. Forest Service camp ground that is clean and not that far from Johnson City (Erwin, TN); it has bathrooms and swimming pond and trails but is closed during winter.