If you’ve traveled on I-81 between Tennessee and Virginia, you’ve likely seen the turnoff for Johnson City. It’s another small city in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, and their logo aptly states “start your adventure here.” It’s a great hub for biking, hiking, and even exploring a fossil site.
Over the years, the downtown has been revitalized and now offers terrific restaurants and breweries in a quaint downtown setting. And for those fans of Asheville’s White Duck Taco Shop, you’ll find its Johnson City location literally attached to YeeHaw Brewery. Score! Tip: The YeeHaw Dunkel is quite tasty.
It’s an attractive town and a place where you can spend a day hiking the Appalachian Trail over numerous mountain balds with amazing 360 degree views, bike a local family-friendly bike path, or tour a fossil dig site and easily return to town for lodging, a local craft beer, and a great meal. It’s an “under the radar” vacation spot that I think your family would really enjoy.