Lifestyles & Region
There are countless reasons physicians and their families decide to move to the Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Among them are the wide variety of recreational opportunities and activities that can be found throughout the region.
Hiking and biking trails are available in many scenic locations, including the Virginia Creeper Trail and Appalachian National Scenic Trail and at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium in Kingsport, Tenn. Boating, fishing, camping and other recreational options are available on South Holston Lake and Boone Lake. And some of the country's best whitewater rafting can be found nearby on the Nantahala, Nolichucky and Cheoah rivers.
The region features exceptional golfing, including The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va., winner of several national awards and recognitions.
History is on display at the Allandale Mansion in Kingsport, Tenn., the Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site in Gray, Tenn., and the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, Tenn. Appalachian music fills the air at The Carter Fold in Hiltons, Va., while classic compositions from international composers can be heard at Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, Tenn., and world-class theatre and educational opportunities are offered at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., and the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, Tenn.
Individuals and families looking for a slightly faster pace of entertainment can enjoy NASCAR racing at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., home of the world's fastest half-mile track.
These opportunities and many more are strategically located in a beautiful, mountain setting within a half day's drive of major metros such as Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., and Charlotte, N.C., and within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the population of the United States.
Bristol area information
Kingsport area information
Johnson City area information
Southwest Virginia area information