The charter bus is ready to roll with all of you on board to the place called TriCities.
The name "Tri Cities" refers to the region surrounding the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol. All three cities are located in the extreme northeastern corner of the state; Bristol is on the Virginia state line, and has a twin city of the same name on the Virginia side.
There are a lot of activities available to your charter bus group here in the TriCities area. A great first stop for your charter bus tour is at the Cherokee National Forest which holds much of the rare scenic beauty of the Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia. The forest offers recreation sites, more than 30 miles of the Appalachian Trail, virgin forests, waterfalls, and trout streams. Everyone on your charter bus excursion will be impressed with this stop.
Another great place is the Carroll Reece Museum located on the ETSU campus. The Carroll Reece Museum, is one of only nine museums in Tennessee accredited by the American Association of Museums. Formally dedicated in 1965, the Reece houses several permanent collections and presents a varied schedule of art exhibitions, historical displays, concerts, films, lectures, "artist in action" programs, and children's art classes. Your charter bus group will love the ever changing exhibits.
There is the Tipton-Haynes Historic Site. This 18th century home in Johnson City was built by John Tipton, a member of the 1776 Constitutional Convention. It has been restored to the style when it was the home of Landon Carter Haynes, a Confederate Senator. The TriCities area is full of history for your charter bus group to explore.
Another historical stop for your charter bus excursion is the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area. The first permanent settlement outside the 13 colonies, Sycamore Shoals, near Elizabethton and a short drive from the ETSU campus, served as the muster point for the Overmountain Men on their way to the Battle of King's Mountain. All of you from the charter bus can tour the reconstructed Fort Watauga at your own pace.
If your charter bus group loves covered bridges, they will definitely love a stop at the Doe River Covered Bridge. This historic bridge is made out of heavy oak planks, hand-forged nails, and threaded spikes. All of these materials, have helped the Covered Bridge in downtown Elizabethton remain beautiful and functional. Built in 1882, it is one of the few remaining covered bridges in Tennessee.
For the history buffs on your charter bus tour, take a stop at Davy Crockett's Birthplace. No, Davy Crockett wasn't born on a mountaintop in Tennessee but rather on the banks of the Nolichucky River in 1786. A restored cabin marks the spot of his birth between Johnson City and Greeneville in Limestone, Tennessee. The cabin is furnished with some of Crockett's possessions. Crockett was killed at The Alamo in 1836 along with other Tennessee Volunteers.
This city, or should I say cities, also has lots of shopping and the antiquing is particularly great in Johnson City. Food is no problem, there are an abundanct amount of choices. All the different kinds of food you and the folks on the charter bus could want. Italian, southern, burgers and much more are all available here.
All of you on your charter bus tour, will say, "why didn't we come here sooner". The fun begins when you book your next charter bus excursion to the TriCities area.