In Bristol, you’ll find the stories of yesterday are still being written today. Stories that started with humble beginnings have grown to legendary proportions. Like the recording sessions that spawned a musical movement. Or the oldfashioned racetrack that grew into NASCAR’s most beloved track. They’re just two of the reasons we say Bristol is Layin’ down tracks— Livin’ up to legends.
The Need for Speed The “World’s Fastest Half Mile Track” Bristol Motor Speedway and Bristol Dragway are fan favorites for high-powered stock car and drag racing. www.bristolmotorspeedway.com
Birthplace of Country Music The first country music recordings earned Bristol the title of Birthplace of Country Music. The tradition continues with nightly live performances throughout the year including Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, music venues in our historic downtown, and a stop along the Crooked Road Music Trail. A complete list of live music events in Bristol can be found on www.pickbristol.com, www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org and www.bristolrhythm.com
Outdoor Adventures Families can play, fish, boat, bike, hike and picnic at Steele Creek Park, Sugar Hollow Park, and South Holston Lake. Special nearby attractions include the 35-mile long Virginia Creeper Trail and the challenging Appalachian Trail. If you love to venture underground, don’t miss Bristol Caverns and Appalachian Caverns.
Historic Downtown, Theater and the Arts Bristol is home to the Paramount Center for the Arts, a historic 1931 art-deco movie palace and site of many wonderful dramatic productions including some preformed by Theatre Bristol. In historic downtown you will also find fine art galleries and studios of local artists. www.believeinbristol.org