Discover America’s largest underground lake at the Lost Sea, or rent a boat from Fort Loudon Marina to explore Watts Bar, Fort Loudon and Tellico lakes. The hotel’s location is near Sweetwater, TN, which means you can also visit Sweetwater Valley Farm and sample their award-winning cheese. In addition, the Country Inn & Suites Loudon is only a half-hour drive from Knoxville, so you can easily visit popular attractions such as the Bijou Theater, Knoxville Zoo, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Tennessee. Add these sites to your itinerary:
- American Museum of Science & Energy (33 miles)
Visitors learn through interactive exhibits about energy sources, science and technology, and the history of the Secret City. This museum is great for both children and adults.
Phone: +1 (865) 576-3200
- Fort Loudon Marina (12.9 miles)
Enjoy access to Watts Bar, Fort Loudon and Tellico lakes from this marina. Rentals are available for a full day or a half day. The marina also features a restaurant.
Phone: +1 (865) 986-5536
- Fort Loudon State Park (19.3 miles)
Explore one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier. The 1,200-acre state park also has hiking trails as well as boating and fishing on Tellico Lake.
Phone: +1 (423) 884-6217
- The Grove Wine and Spirits (4.1 miles)
Stocking a variety of wines and spirits, this local shop offers quality products and reasonable prices.
Phone: +1 (865) 408-1311
- Historic Lenoir City Walking Tour (10 miles)
This self-guided tour lets you explore historic landmarks in Lenoir City. Notable stops include the Lenoir City Museum, the post office and the original home of Major Lenoir.
Phone: +1 (865) 986-6822
- Lenoir City Museum and Cotton Mill Site (10 miles)
Learn about Lenoir City’s founding and growth from this museum’s comprehensive exhibits. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building itself is a piece of history to be explored.
Phone: +1 (865) 986-9169
- Lost Sea (19.8 miles)
Take a glass-bottom boat excursion on America’s largest underground lake. Nature trails, a gift shop and a cafe are also on site.
Phone: +1 (423) 337-6616
- Mayfield Dairy (25.7 miles)
Watch as your favorite Mayfield dairy products are made right in front of you at the Mayfield Dairy. Finish your tour with a scoop of ice cream or another treat from the old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor.
Phone: +1 (423) 649-2653
- Sequoyah Birthplace Museum (19 miles)
Tour exhibits that tell the story of Sequoyah, the Cherokee warrior who created a language for his people. Special events and workshops are offered throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (423) 884-6246
- Sweetwater Valley Farm (5.8 miles)
Locally owned and operated, this farm produces delicious, award-winning cheese and educates visitors on the cheese-making process.
Phone: +1 (865) 458-9192
- Tennessee National Golf Course (1.8 miles)
Every hole on this Greg Norman-designed golf course offers excellent views of Watts Bar Lake and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Phone: +1 (888) 486-6285
- Tennessee Valley Winery (5.4 miles)
One of the oldest wineries in Tennessee, this vineyard produces up to 20 different varieties of wines and has won more than 800 awards.
Phone: +1 (865) 986-5147