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Bristol is an independent city in southwest Virginia, bounded by Washington County, Virginia and Sullivan County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the population was 17,367 residents. Bristol, Virginia is the twin city of Bristol, Tennessee, which is just across the state line. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Bristol, Virginia with Washington County for statistical purposes, but it is an independent city. Originally named Goodson, it was renamed Bristol in 1890 (after Bristol, England.) Bristol is considered to be the Birthplace of Country Music according to a resolution passed by the US Congress in 1998 for its contributions to early country music recordings and influence. One of the locals from Bristol was the Carter Family, who got their start here in 1927. The city of Bristol is surrounded by natural beauty and unlimited outdoor recreational opportunities. There are hundreds of acres of beautiful lakes, national forests, trails and open space in the area. Activities include hiking and biking, boating, fishing, camping, horseback riding and picnicking. Other attractions near Bristol include the Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Bristol Caverns, Natural Tunnel State Park, Watauga Lake and Sugar Hollow Park Wetlands.

Surrounding areas: Abingdon, Virginia (14.2 mi), Damascus, Virginia (22.4 mi), Blacksburg, Virginia (23.1 mi), Whitetop, Virginia (33.6 mi)

Bristol Vacation Rentals

Bristol Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn2368 Lee HwyBristol, VA (276) 466-3881
Courtyard By Marriott Bristol3169 Linden DrBristol, VA (276) 591-4400
Econo Lodge912 Commonwealth AveBristol, VA (276) 466-2112
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites3005 Linden DrBristol, VA (276) 466-4100
Howard Johnson Inn2221 Euclid AveBristol, VA (276) 669-7171
Knights Inn2221-2 Euclid AveBristol, VA (276) 669-7171
La Quinta Inn #933 - Bristol1014 Old Airport RdBristol, VA (276) 669-9353
Microtel Inn & Suites Bristol131 Bristol East RdBristol, VA (276) 669-8164
Super 8 Motel Bristol2139 Lee HwyBristol, VA (276) 466-8800
Regency Inn975 Volunteer PkwyBristol, TN1.5 mi.(423) 968-9474
Hampton Inn3299 W State StBristol, TN3.8 mi.(423) 764-3600
Bristol Lodging Services LLC111 Holiday DrBristol, TN4.0 mi.(423) 968-1101
Hampton Inn Abingdon340 Commerce DrAbingdon, VA13.8 mi.(276) 619-4600
Super 8 Motel298 Towne Centre DrAbingdon, VA13.8 mi.(276) 676-3329
Comfort Inn170 Jonesboro RdAbingdon, VA14.1 mi.(276) 676-2222
Comfort Suites Abingdon1093 Ole Berry DrAbingdon, VA14.1 mi.(276) 698-3040
Martha Washington Inn150 West Main StAbingdon, VA14.2 mi.(276) 628-3161
La Quinta Inn #935-kingsport10150 Airport PkwyKingsport, TN14.8 mi.(423) 323-0500
Holiday Inn Express940 E Main StAbingdon, VA16.1 mi.(276) 676-2829
Quality Inn & Suites930 E Main StAbingdon, VA16.1 mi.(276) 676-9090
Cleeks Motel2760 East Stone DrKingsport, TN16.6 mi.(423) 228-9996
Comfort Inn-elizabethton1515 19e BypElizabethton, TN17.2 mi.(423) 542-4466
Comfort Inn100 Indian Center CtKingsport, TN18.3 mi.(423) 378-4418
Econo Lodge1704 E Stone DrKingsport, TN18.5 mi.(423) 245-0286
Microtel Inn1708 E Stone DrKingsport, TN18.5 mi.(423) 390-2110
Comfort Inn South4624 Fairlane DrKingsport, TN18.8 mi.(423) 239-7447
Super 8 Motel108 Wesley StJohnson City, TN19.9 mi.(423) 282-8818
Comfort Suites3118 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN20.0 mi.(423) 610-0010
Ramada Limited2606 N Roan StJohnson City, TN20.0 mi.(423) 282-4011
Holiday Inn-johnson City101 W Springbrook DrJohnson City, TN20.2 mi.(423) 282-4611
Quality Inn & Suites207 E Mountcastle DrJohnson City, TN20.2 mi.(423) 282-3335
Days Inn2312 Browns Mill RdJohnson City, TN20.3 mi.(423) 282-2211
Red Roof Inn210 Broyles DrJohnson City, TN20.3 mi.(423) 282-3040
Jameson Inn119 Pinnacle DrJohnson City, TN20.4 mi.(423) 282-0488
Garden Plaza Hotel211 Mockingbird LnJohnson City, TN20.7 mi.(423) 929-2000
Best Western Colonial Inn4234 Ft Henry DrKingsport, TN21.0 mi.(423) 239-3400
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1217 Stewball CirKingsport, TN21.0 mi.(423) 723-2300
Jameson Inn - Kingsport3004 Bays MeadowKingsport, TN21.0 mi.(423) 230-0539
Ramada Inn Kingsport2005 Ln Masa DrKingsport, TN21.0 mi.(423) 245-0217
Sleep Inn & Suites200 Hospitality PlKingsport, TN21.0 mi.(423) 279-1811

Bristol Weather & Climate

The climate of the northeastern Tennessee mountains is temperate with moderately cold winters and warm, humid summers. Precipitation is fairly well distributed throughout the year; as there is no distinct wet or dry seasons. October has the least rainfall, July the most. Snowfall is quite variable from year to year, and some winters have relatively little. Thunderstorms occur anytime of the year, but are most frequent in spring and summer. Summer temperatures are rarely extreme, but the high humidity often makes it seem hotter than it actually is. Snow is minimal in Tennessee except in the higher mountain regions. Severe storms are infrequent in the state, being east of the center of tornado activity, south of most blizzard conditions, and too far inland to be affected by hurricanes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 43°F 22°F 4.11 in. -
February 47°F 24°F 3.86 in. -
March 57°F 31°F 4.47 in. -
April 66°F 39°F 3.73 in. -
May 74°F 48°F 4.93 in. -
June 81°F 56°F 4.11 in. -
July 85°F 60°F 4.82 in. -
August 83°F 59°F 3.62 in. -
September 78°F 52°F 3.62 in. -
October 68°F 39°F 2.74 in. -
November 57°F 32°F 3.33 in. -
December 47°F 25°F 4.07 in. -

Bristol Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Tri Cities Regional Tn Va airport (TRI) located about 14 miles southwest of Bristol, the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located approximately 44 miles southwest of Bristol in Greeneville, Tennessee, the Wilkes County airport (UKF) located roughly 65 miles southeast of Bristol in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and finally the Hickory Regional airport (HKY) located around 74 miles southeast of Bristol in Hickory, North Carolina.

Bristol Attractions

Golf Courses
Clear Creek Golf ClubBristolVA 
Steel Creek Golf CourseBristolTN2.0 mi.
Tri Cities Golf CourseBlountvilleTN8.6 mi.
Bear Trace at Tims Ford State ParkWinchesterTN14.5 mi.
Elizabethton Municipal Golf CourseElizabethtonTN17.8 mi.
Cattails at Meadowview Golf CourseKingsportTN20.1 mi.
Crocketts Ridge Golf ClubKingsportTN20.1 mi.
Warriors Path State Park Golf CourseKingsportTN20.1 mi.
Pine Oaks Golf ClubJohnson CityTN20.7 mi.
Scott County Park & GolfGate CityVA21.8 mi.
Deer Field Golf CourseDamascusVA22.4 mi.
Roan Valley Golf EstatesMountain CityTN23.3 mi.
Cypress Creek Golfers ClubSmithfieldVA26.3 mi.
Smithfield Downs Golf ClubSmithfieldVA26.3 mi.
Dan Hall Mountain ResortCoeburnVA28.1 mi.
Tillery Tradition Country ClubMount GileadNC28.3 mi.
Buffalo Valley Golf CourseUnicoiTN29.3 mi.
Silver Lake Golf ClubChurch HillTN29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BeechBanner ElkNC34.8 mi.
Sugar Mountain Ski AreaBanner ElkNC34.8 mi.
Hawksnest Golf & Ski ResortSeven DevilsNC36.1 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC56.9 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV85.2 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC90.2 mi.
WinterplaceFlat TopWV90.9 mi.
State Parks
Warriors Path State ParkTN17.8 mi. 
Natural Tunnel State ParkVA31.3 mi. 
Grayson Highlands State ParkVA38.8 mi. 
Carroll Reece MuseumJohnson CityTN21.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hands On! Regional MuseumJohnson CityTN21.6 mi.(Children's)
Zoos and Aquariums
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC71.8 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN106.0 mi.

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