A city belonging to the so-called "Mountain Empire," Kingsport is situated in along the scenic Holston River. Kingsport possesses a rich performing arts community, including an arts guild and ballet. The Symphony of the Mountains is a group that performs around the city and region, and is revered by residents and visitors alike. The city is home to a lot of shopping options, with both small businesses and chains represented. Be sure to head downtown to check out the stellar variety of antique shops and jewelers. Bays Mountain Park offers great summer recreation options for the whole family, with picnic areas, day hikes and a zip-line. For more adventurous types, there's white water rafting.