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Bristol Information

About Bristol

Nicknamed the “Birthplace of Country Music,” Bristol in Tennessee’s Sullivan County is home to an abundance of musicians, events, and museums dedicated to the music genre. Additionally, the city serves as an esteemed destination for motorsports fans since it boasts the Bristol Motor Speedway, which is a short track used by NASCAR. Due to its humid weather, Bristol typically experiences very warm summers. However, due to the city’s elevation, the high temperatures are slightly cooler relative to neighboring areas and the South’s general reputation for unbearable heat.

Things to do in Bristol

Nature lovers should make a trip to Steele Creek Park. Offering thousands of acres of land replete with a lakefront, golf, and nature trails, the park is a prominent place for recreational activities. Accordingly, the park offers paddle-boating on the lake, a playground, and an abundance of picnic tables.

The underground Bristol Caverns is another distinguished tourist spot. With paved walkways and arched chambers, the caverns remain one of the most well-known attractions in the city. During September, the annual Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion event kicks off in the downtown area. The festival is a celebration of country music and the city’s heritage.

As far as sports go, the Bristol Motor Speedway is where NASCAR enthusiasts can be spectators at exciting professional racecar events. Moreover, the National Hot Rod Association’s Ford Thunder Valley Nationals is held at the Bristol Dragway.

Day trips from Bristol

Johnson City, Tennessee is located approximately a 40-minute drive away from Bristol. This humble city features several festivals every year. The Umoja Unity Festival celebrates the city’s diverse community and highlights local crafts and food vendors. There are music performances as well. In the summer, the Johnson City has the Blue Plum Festival where musicians from around the country and region convene to play folk, bluegrass, and Americana music. Aside from these celebrations, family-friendly spots include the Mall at Johnson City, an expansive indoor shopping center, as well as the Hands On! Museum as it houses many interactive play areas and exhibits.

Directly across the state line between Virginia and Tennessee is Bristol’s twin city of the same name. Bristol, Virginia boasts the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which honors the origins of the music genre. Operating within the museum, a local live radio station regularly broadcasts bluegrass and classic country. Other popular points of interest include the Bristol Brewery; the downtown area where Tennessee meets Virginia; and Benjamin Walls Gallery, a museum featuring a breathtaking collection of wildlife and nature photography from around the world.

Bristol accommodations

From lake houses and cozy cabins to charming suburban homes and cottages, there are plenty of Bristol vacation rentals to choose from. Many of the accommodations boast gorgeous, scenic views. Emanating a rustic, Southern flair, these properties will serve as an unforgettable home away from home.

Transportation in Bristol

The Tri-Cities Airport is about a half an hour’s drive away from Bristol. On weekdays from around morning until evening, the Bristol Tennessee Transit provides locals with a fixed route bus service. Otherwise, driving a car would be the most convenient mode of transportation in the city.

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Vacation Rentals in Bristol

Save hundreds with a vacation home rental from and forget the hotel room. For the ultimate getaway, Bristol offers 102 affordable vacation rentals with a price to match your budget and accommodation needs. Prices in Bristol start at an average price of $246 a night with long-term rentals averaging $25 a month.

These vacation rentals offer a range of amenities, so you’ll feel right at home. For those looking to stay in a corporate rental, 58 of Bristol’s rentals offer high speed WiFi Internet so you can easily keep in touch with your company or team. Go for a swim at one of the 12 properties complete with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with a night of cable TV in any of our 56 vacation home rentals.

Traveling with your dog or cat? Choose from 25 pet-friendly rentals in Bristol that allow you to bring your extended family’s home rentals offer far more room and comfort than a hotel, providing a safe and spacious place for you and your pets. Many properties allow you to book directly online, so once you find that perfect vacation rental, you’ll be all set to go!

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