Tourist attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee, include the Civil War Driving Tour, the Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour, several parks and the Knoxville Zoo. As a musical center in the nation, Knoxville hosts numerous music festivals and ensembles, including the Meadow Lark Music Festival and Mountain Makins'.
Knoxville was a site of several Civil War encounters. Tourists can visit remnants and memorials of this period through the Civil War Driving Tour, which takes visitors past Fort Dickerson and the Battle of Fort Sanders site. The Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour explores a different but integral part of the city's history, introducing visitors to the early roots of the city's musical heritage.
The Knoxville Zoo showcases over 800 animals from across the globe. It is noteworthy for its successful captive breeding program for the endangered red panda, and so has been dubbed the Red Panda Capital of the World. The zoo is open throughout the year.
Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts have several parks within and close to Knoxville, the most notable being Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a short drive to the south). Within Knoxville is Ijams Nature Center, which comprises over 80 acres of bluffs, meadows, forests and streams. Several hiking trails are located on the property.