Knoxville offers a perfect mix of big city living, and small town feel. Knoxville is a progressive, friendly, and rapidly growing city accessible from an international waterway. It is situated at the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tennessee’s lakes, rivers and parks provide the perfect setting for outdoor activities. The fine arts thrive alongside regional crafts and sports share the spotlight with great musical attractions. East Tennessee has a thriving economy and great public and private school systems. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee, a major SEC university. McGhee Tyson Airport, a beautiful, easy access airport, allows for uncomplicated travel and is within a 30 minute drive to downtown Knoxville.