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Bristol is about as far north as you can go in the state of Tennessee, and still be in the state! In fact, the Virginia state line runs right through the middle of town! The town of Bristol is located in the middle of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and near Holston Lake. It also has a very pretty, historic downtown district, with a three block area known as the "Commonwealth Antique Section." Here you'll find an antiques mall and a half dozen or so other antiques shops. Although Nashville is known as the center of country music, it is here in Bristol that Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family recorded the first country and western music that was distributed nationwide. Therefore, Bristol has the official title of "The Birthplace of Country Music." Bristol is also home to the "Bristol Motor Speedway," the site of the world's fastest half-mile track and host to several racing events throughout the year. Also, be sure to visit the fascinating Bristol Caverns, which has an underground river and winding trails that take you through several levels of magnificent scenery. The area around Bristol has eight golf courses, several public parks and lakes and the Cherokee National Forest. Visitors enjoy hiking and biking, swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and there are several snow ski resorts within an hour's drive of Bristol.

Surrounding areas: Bluff City, Tennessee (7.5 mi), Boone Lake, Tennessee (16.1 mi), Englewood, Tennessee (17.5 mi), Watauga Lake, Tennessee (17.6 mi), Johnson City, Tennessee (18.9 mi), Kingsport, Tennessee (19.3 mi), Butler, Tennessee (20.4 mi)

Bristol Vacation Rentals

Bristol Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bristol Lodging Services LLC111 Holiday DrBristol, TN (423) 968-1101
Hampton Inn3299 W State StBristol, TN (423) 764-3600
Regency Inn975 Volunteer PkwyBristol, TN (423) 968-9474
Howard Johnson Inn2221 Euclid AveBristol, VA2.0 mi.(276) 669-7171
Knights Inn2221-2 Euclid AveBristol, VA2.0 mi.(276) 669-7171
Microtel Inn & Suites Bristol131 Bristol East RdBristol, VA2.0 mi.(276) 669-8164
Econo Lodge912 Commonwealth AveBristol, VA2.6 mi.(276) 466-2112
Super 8 Motel Bristol2139 Lee HwyBristol, VA4.5 mi.(276) 466-8800
Comfort Inn2368 Lee HwyBristol, VA4.9 mi.(276) 466-3881
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites3005 Linden DrBristol, VA5.5 mi.(276) 466-4100
La Quinta Inn #933 - Bristol1014 Old Airport RdBristol, VA5.9 mi.(276) 669-9353
Courtyard By Marriott Bristol3169 Linden DrBristol, VA6.0 mi.(276) 591-4400
La Quinta Inn #935-kingsport10150 Airport PkwyKingsport, TN13.7 mi.(423) 323-0500
Hampton Inn Abingdon340 Commerce DrAbingdon, VA15.2 mi.(276) 619-4600
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN15.3 mi.(423) 542-4466
Super 8 Motel298 Towne Centre DrAbingdon, VA15.3 mi.(276) 676-3329
Comfort Inn170 Jonesboro RdAbingdon, VA15.6 mi.(276) 676-2222
Comfort Suites Abingdon1093 Ole Berry DrAbingdon, VA15.6 mi.(276) 698-3040
Martha Washington Inn150 West Main StAbingdon, VA15.7 mi.(276) 628-3161
Cleeks Motel2760 East Stone DrKingsport, TN15.9 mi.(423) 228-9996
Comfort Inn100 Indian Center CtKingsport, TN17.5 mi.(423) 378-4418
Quality Inn & Suites930 E Main StAbingdon, VA17.5 mi.(276) 676-9090
Comfort Inn South4624 Fairlane DrKingsport, TN17.6 mi.(423) 239-7447
Holiday Inn Express940 E Main StAbingdon, VA17.6 mi.(276) 676-2829
Econo Lodge1704 E Stone DrKingsport, TN17.8 mi.(423) 245-0286
Microtel Inn1708 E Stone DrKingsport, TN17.8 mi.(423) 390-2110
Ramada Limited2606 N Roan StJohnson City, TN18.1 mi.(423) 282-4011
Super 8 Motel108 Wesley StJohnson City, TN18.1 mi.(423) 282-8818
Comfort Suites3118 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN18.2 mi.(423) 610-0010
Holiday Inn-johnson City101 W Springbrook DrJohnson City, TN18.3 mi.(423) 282-4611
Quality Inn & Suites207 E Mountcastle DrJohnson City, TN18.3 mi.(423) 282-3335
Red Roof Inn210 Broyles DrJohnson City, TN18.4 mi.(423) 282-3040
Days Inn2312 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN18.5 mi.(423) 282-2211
Jameson Inn119 Pinnacle DrJohnson City, TN18.6 mi.(423) 282-0488
Garden Plaza Hotel211 Mockingbird LnJohnson City, TN18.9 mi.(423) 929-2000
Sleep Inn Inn & Suites2020 Franklin Terrace CtJohnson City, TN19.7 mi.(423) 915-0081
Comfort Inn Of Johnson City1900 S Roan StJohnson City, TN19.8 mi.(423) 928-9600
The Jam N'jelly Inn1310 Indian Ridge RdJohnson City, TN20.3 mi.(423) 929-0039
Best Western Colonial Inn4234 Ft Henry DrKingsport, TN20.3 mi.(423) 239-3400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1217 Stewball CirKingsport, TN20.3 mi.(423) 723-2300

Bristol Weather & Climate

The climate of the northeastern Tennessee mountains is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year; as there is no distinct wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is quite variable from year to year, and some winters have relatively little. Thunderstorms occur anytime of the year, but are most frequent in spring and summer. Summer temperatures are rarely extreme, but the high humidity often makes it seem hotter than it actually is. Snow is minimal in Tennessee except in the higher mountain regions. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 24°F 3.52 in. -
February 48°F 27°F 3.40 in. -
March 58°F 34°F 3.91 in. -
April 67°F 42°F 3.23 in. -
May 74°F 51°F 4.32 in. -
June 81°F 59°F 3.89 in. -
July 84°F 63°F 4.21 in. -
August 83°F 61°F 3.00 in. -
September 78°F 54°F 3.08 in. -
October 68°F 41°F 2.30 in. -
November 57°F 33°F 3.08 in. -
December 47°F 26°F 3.39 in. -

Bristol Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 13 miles west of Bristol, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located approximately 43 miles southwest of Bristol in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located roughly 65 miles southeast of Bristol in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and finally the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located around 72 miles southeast of Bristol in Hickory, North Carolina.

Bristol Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC88.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Steel Creek Golf CourseBristolTN 
Clear Creek Golf ClubBristolVA1.7 mi.
Tri Cities Golf CourseBlountvilleTN7.3 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN14.6 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN15.9 mi.
Pine Oaks Golf ClubJohnson CityTN18.9 mi.
Cattails at Meadowview Golf CourseKingsportTN19.3 mi.
Crocketts Ridge Golf ClubKingsportTN19.3 mi.
Warriors Path State Park Golf CourseKingsportTN19.3 mi.
Scott County Park & GolfGate CityVA21.6 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN23.1 mi.
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA23.2 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC27.0 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN27.4 mi.
Cypress Creek Golfers ClubSmithfieldVA28.2 mi.
Smithfield Downs Golf ClubSmithfieldVA28.2 mi.
Silver Lake Golf ClubChurch HillTN28.6 mi.
Dan Hall Mountain ResortCoeburnVA29.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC33.4 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC33.4 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC34.8 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC55.0 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV87.1 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC88.3 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV92.7 mi.
State Parks
Warriors Path State ParkTN16.6 mi. 
Natural Tunnel State ParkVA31.2 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA39.4 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN19.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN19.7 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC69.8 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN104.8 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC119.1 mi.

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