Mountain City is in Eastern Tennessee, in the northeastern corner of the state. It is the county seat of Johnson County.
Mountain City is on US 421 between Bristol and Boone. US 421 between Mountain City and Bristol is a very curvy road, though, and as is often the case in the mountains, the most direct route isn't always the quickest (or most pleasurable). Drivers heading from Mountain City to Bristol are advised to take TN 91 north through Laurel Bloomery to Damascus VA, where they pick up US 58 to Interstate 81 outside Abingdon VA, just north of Bristol.
From Mountain City to Boone, US 421 is a well engineered highway, with passing lanes at intervals between Mountain City and the Tennessee/North Carolina state line. The drive to Boone is approximately a half-hour.
The closest commercial airport is Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, between Johnson City and Bristol. Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte NC and Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro NC are within a three-hour drive from Mountain City via US 421 through Boone.
The closest Amtrak stations are also in Charlotte and Greensboro.
There is no public transportation, so a private vehicle is necessary. While Mountain City has a walkable downtown, most eating places and stores are located on US 421 south of downtown.
At the intersection in the center of town, which is the intersection of Main Street and Divide Road (formerly Highway 91) there is a two-story antique store.
- Pizza Plus, 1637 South Shady Street (US 421 South), ☏ . Regional pizza chain. $.
- Burger King and McDonald's are located on US 421 south of town.
- Americourt Hotel, 450 Dotson Lane, ☏ . Interior corridors. Located on US 421, south of the commercial section. $-$$.
|Routes through Mountain City|
|Lexington ← Bristol ←||N S||→ Boone → Winston-Salem|