Downtown State Street
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Bristol has a proud heritage going back more than 150 years of being both a fun place to visit and a “Good Place to Live”. With so much to do and enjoy, everyone feels at home in Historic Downtown Bristol. As a Certified Main Street Community, Downtown Bristol has more to offer every day – more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life. Believe in Bristol is a nonprofit 501 ( c ) 3 organization composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends of Bristol who recognize the role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our communities identity, spirit and economy.
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Jenna G
Bristol, TN1 contribution
May 2021
State street is a beautiful unique place. The shops are cute and make sure to check out the bloom coffee shop. The small town big town feeling is on this street. If you have ever wanted to stand with half your feet in one state and one in another this is 100% the place to do it.
Written September 16, 2021
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Chan T
Bristol, TN20 contributions
Jan 2020
Where else can you literally stand into cities of two different states at the same time? Home town charm with unique shops, restaurants, and galleries. Love country music? Well, you will be visiting the birthplace of country music and the museum is a great treat. Need a stamp on the whiskey trail, the city has a distillery and craft breweries.
Written February 2, 2020
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Mish_the_Fish
535 contributions
Jun 2021
While staying overnight in Bristol, we took a late afternoon stroll down State Street. Plenty of choices for restaurants along with other stores and nicely kept up. We didn't have time to view menus and most stores were closed on this Tuesday evening (many closed at 3PM to 5PM) but it was an enjoyable walk well worth taking.
Written June 16, 2021
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TYPSUKR
Arlington, VA758 contributions
Sep 2021
While driving down I-81, we took a brief detour to Bristol to see the famed "twin cities" which straddle the Virginia-Tennessee border. It was nice to get out and walk up and down Main Street, allowing us to stretch our legs and see a new city. Admittedly, we didn't really do anything except for walking and taking a few photos. There are a few historical markers near the country music studio and the historic rail station, and also be sure to check out the state flags lining the street. You can walk the whole thing at an easy pace within 20 minutes. Parking was free and easy to find (mid-day on a week day) along Main Street.
Written September 21, 2021
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daisyferret1
Bear, DE27,779 contributions
Jun 2021
We always make our way down to State Street in Bristol when passing through the area. It is kind of special to me since my Mom used to live here and would always take us downtown to walk around.

On this trip, we walked around State Street and took in the sights first thing in the morning. Most of the shops are closed in the morning. We were there around 9am and things were pretty much still closed up. Uncle Sam's used to be one of our favorite places to visit since it was kind of like a pawn shop. We would always search for treasures, but we were not able to visit this trip. Some of the antique shops are still there, but again closed. I noticed the theatre was still there in addition to the tattoo shop. We noticed several restaurants: The Angry Italian, Blackbird Bakery, Burger Bar, Retro Diner, Quaker Steak & Lube and Bloom. We stumbled upon the Blackbird Bakery as it is about a block off of state street and decided to go on in. We were glad we did! We also made a note of the Burger Bar and considered stopping back by for lunch on our way out of town, but it was closed on Mondays.

The golden markers in the center of the street are always a must to photograph. One side of the street is Virginia and the other side Tennessee. If you straddle the yellow line, you are technically in 2 states at the same time! We also enjoyed the mural that we discovered tucked in an alleyway. The State Street sign at the end of the street by the railroad tracks is always a beautiful sight, day or night. It is lit at night. Plus there is a neat statue made out of metal parts on the street by the sign.

Overall, we enjoy walking around downtown. Kids always like to take pictures with the golden street markers and see the statue. We would have liked to look in shops, but we were surprised that most things did not open til after 11am and some places like the Burger Bar were closed on certain days of the week. Bloom and the Blackbird Bakery were the only places we saw open! We were a little disappointed, but will continue to visit this special place shared between 2 states!
Written July 19, 2021
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Faye P
Greeneville, TN153 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
People love the opportunity to stand in the middle of the street and be in two states (Va/Tn). People in cars are use to it and just let you have your moment. While there be sure to stop into Cranberry Lane for unique shopping and just off State Street on the Virginia side go to Blackbird Bakery
Written September 1, 2020
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buckeyebears
Amherst, OH28 contributions
Sep 2021
I found downtown Bristol wanting. Parts of it seemed very sad but trying to come back. Guess I’ve been watching too many Geico commercials. Nothing really stood out except the Bristol sign.
Written September 17, 2021
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Marcia C
4 contributions
Feb 2021
I enjoy the antique stores but the antiques seem overpriced to me. Too expensive, at least for me.. However, you can spend an entire afternoon in the shops just looking. You might find a nice little ice cream/gelato shop. If you do, stop and enjoy.
Written February 16, 2021
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PaulyPauly2014
Knoxville, TN5,200 contributions
Aug 2020 • Business
While in Bristol on a business trip we decided to check this area out! Nostalgia and more was offered; specialty shops, dining places and boutiques....
Quaint and a very neat place to walk, see and enjoy an afternoon and have a bite to eat or shop. Recommend if in the area and many spots to eat, drink or just hang out!
Written August 19, 2020
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RoadtripCowboy
Burlington, CT761 contributions
Aug 2021
This very interesting state border sign is an amusing must see in the area. Passing through en route to a destination, we just had to stop here briefly for some pictures and selfies. A GPS is necessary to find it since its not a prime tourist spot with signage. In an older, brick business part of town, the huge overhead sign says Bristol is a good place to live. Check it out and decide.
Written September 21, 2021
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