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Best Times to Visit Knoxville

The best time to visit Knoxville is March through June and September through November. While Knoxville experiences four distinct seasons, the beautiful dogwoods in spring and the bright foliage in the fall make visiting during these months especially appealing. Summer can get quite warm and is the busiest season for tourism in Tennessee, which leads to higher hotel prices. Winter is typically pretty mild, though can get chilly, making it a less popular time to visit, which can lead to lower room rates.

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Weather in Knoxville

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Average Temperature (°F)
46.9
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Average Precipitation (in)
4.84
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3.9
5.57
3.35
3.74
2.84
4.24
5.07
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-June

Knoxville warms up temperature-wise come March, with highs jumping to the 60s and lows to the 40s. April and May's highs rest in the 70s, with lows jumping from the high 40s in April to the high 50s in May. Festivals start up in March, with all sorts of popular music, garden and food celebrations. Keep in mind temperatures will slowly heat up in mid- to late June.

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July-August

Knoxville is hot and humid during the summer, with temps ranging from the mid-60s to high 80s. Keep in mind: Lots of tourists pour into the city at this time, making hotel rates rise.

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September-November

Autumn is when Knoxville's natural spaces are ablaze with color. Highs in September hang in the low 80s then steadily decline to the low 70s in October, and on to the low 60s come November. Although days are still pleasantly warm, expect cool nights with lows in the 60s in September that fall into the 40s during October and November.

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December-February

Knoxville experiences a somewhat chilly winter, with lows hovering in the 30s and highs in the mid-50s. The payoff, however, is lower hotel rates. Plus, the city celebrates the holiday season with its Christmas in the City series of special events.

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