[Knoxville, TN] — 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the Knoxville World’s Fair. “Energy in Motion” was the exposition’s theme, and the Sunsphere was its iconic symbol.

The 266-foot tower, with its gold sphere, represents the sun, in keeping with the fair’s theme. It features a public observation deck offering a 360° view of downtown Knoxville.

During the fair, it cost $2 to ride the elevator to the observation deck, but today admission is free.

World’s Fair Park, the site of the fair, is adjacent to the Knoxville Convention Center on a 70-acre site that includes fountains, streams and a lake, walking paths, and an amphitheater.


World’s Fair Park

1060 World’s Fair Park Dr.

Knoxville, TN 37916

Official website: http://worldsfairpark.org/worlds-fair-sunsphere.html

More facts and figures: http://www.sunsphere.info/

Knoxville tourism: http://www.knoxville.org/

Tennessee tourism: http://www.tnvacation.com/

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Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Megan @ Roamancing

    May 26, 2012

    Crazy structure! Did you go up it?
    Megan @ Roamancing recently posted..It’s Presidential Election Day in Egypt!

    • Travelin' Gringo

      May 27, 2012

      Yes I did, Megan, it’s a free elevator ride to the observation deck.

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