Laying down tracks and Living up to Legends
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 old-fashioned 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 first country music recordings earned Bristol the title of Birthplace of Country Music. The tradition continues with great live performances throughout the year including Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and music venues in our historic downtown. A complete list of live music events in Bristol can be found on PickBristol.com. Other musical heritage attractions nearby include the Carter Family Fold and the Crooked Road.
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.
Bristol is home to the Paramount Center for the Arts, 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. Not far away is the Barter Theatre, the State Theater of Virginia.
Historic downtown Bristol and the area is rich with history dating back to pre-revoluntionary war times and attractions like Tales and Trails and Rocky Mount to help bring that history to life.
Request a visitor guide, find information on accomodations, restaurants and attractions, see sample itineraries, and more to make your Bristol Experience the stuff of legends.
Bristol hosts several events throughout the year. You will be sure to find many fun things to do from our complete listing.