Johnson City, TN, USA

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Johnson City, TN, USA

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Full steam ahead for your Johnson City vacation rental

Born out of the pioneer railroad spirit of the 1800s - together with a stiff dose of bluegrass music and Prohibition-era shenanigans - Johnson City's got history and character in spades. Whether you're into outdoor living, old-time music, culture, history, or just some fine food and a few beers in good company, a Johnson City vacation rental is the one for you. With ties to the Appalachian bootlegging during Prohibition, rumour has it that Al Capone himself used to operate out of the city, and the spirit of these old rascals lives on in Johnson City's amazing craft brewing scene.

From rails to trails on the Tweetsie

Walk it, run it or ride it, Johnson City's 'Tweetsie Trail' is a 10-mile trail along the old railway track to Elizabethton, and is a great way to get a feel for the area. Or if you prefer your bike with a big engine on it, you'll want to get that hog fired up and hit Tennessee's snaking roads on one of the 'Southern Dozen' motorcycle routes around Johnson City. When you're done roaming the roads and trails or checking out the city's museums, a Johnson City vacation rental dishes up a whole new set of treats when the sun goes down.

Look a saber tooth tiger dead in the eye

Most museums in the U.S. take you back a few hundred years or so. Johnson City takes you 8 million. At the Gray Fossil Site you can see tapir, mastodon, and the big daddy - the saber tooth cat. For more family-friendly exhibits that won't crumble to dust with rough handling, try Hands On! Regional Museum, or get wagons rolling for some pioneer history at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site. If you're a music fan, the area's crammed with pilgrimage sites, from Cash and Carter to Hank Williams and Blind Lemon Jefferson, and even today Johnson City is big on its live music.

Enjoy the joys of June, but pack your umbrella

You'll get the full range of seasons in Johnson City, but the good news is that none of them will freeze/scorch your eyebrows off. Winters are frosty, with a bit of cotton candy in the air, and summers are warm without being sticky. Johnson City can sometimes be a little on the wet side, but your Johnson City vacation rental is unlikely to be a total washout. Rock up in June, and not only will you get some of the best weather, but you'll also be in time for the city's annual Blue Plum Festival of music, crafts, and art.

Old-time blues and mountain views in Johnson City

Johnson City is holed up among the Ridge and Valley Appalachians, and the clue is in the name. Think undulating valleys and big old mountains. It'll come as no surprise that opportunities for outdoor recreation are pretty epic in this part of the world. Just south of Johnson City, Buffalo Mountain State Park is the nearest outdoor playground, while 20 miles to the south, Roan Mountain State Park teems with wildlife. Time your visit to coincide with the rhododendron bloom and you're in for a rare treat.