Oak Ridge travel guide

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You're Going to Love Oak Ridge

With a population of 29,330, Oak Ridge is a must-see destination in Tennessee, United States. It is among the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Where to Eat in Oak Ridge

If you’re looking for affordable options, Flatwater Grill (100 Melton Peninsula) and Calhoun’s Oak Ridge (100 Melton Lake Peninsula) are great picks.

When to visit Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Oak Ridge in December
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Oak Ridge in July, when the average temperature is 77 °F, and the highest can go up to 87.8 °F. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 26.6 °F, with an average temperature of 35.6 °F. You’re likely to see more rain in March, when precipitation is around 5.5″. In contrast, October is usually the driest month of the year in Oak Ridge, with an average rainfall of 2.8″.

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How to Get to Oak Ridge


Although Oak Ridge doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Knoxville McGhee Tyson (TYS), which is located 21 miles from Oak Ridge. Chattanooga Lovell Field is the most popular, with regular flights from Emirates, United Airlines, American Airlines and other airlines departing from the United States. The shortest domestic flight to Oak Ridge departs from Chicago and takes around 1h 21m.


Another option to get to Oak Ridge is to pick up a car rental from Atlanta, which is about 156 miles from Oak Ridge. You’ll find branches of Hertz and Kyte, among others, in Atlanta.

Airlines serving Oak Ridge

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British Airways
Good (2,089 reviews)
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Air France
Good (628 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,599 reviews)
Good (1,167 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,688 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (2,590 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (160 reviews)
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Alaska Airlines
Good (3,422 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Good (221 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (305 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (558 reviews)
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Korean Air
Excellent (448 reviews)
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Where to stay in Oak Ridge

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oak Ridge, An IHG Hotel and Hampton Inn Oak Ridge Knoxville.

Where to stay in popular areas of Oak Ridge

Most booked hotels in Oak Ridge

Hampton Inn Oak Ridge Knoxville
Excellent (8.7, 276 reviews)
Staybridge Suites Knoxville Oak Ridge
Excellent (8.5, 43 reviews)
Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Oak Ridge - Knoxville
Good (7.9, 161 reviews)
Comfort Inn Oak Ridge - Knoxville
Good (7.5, 473 reviews)
Quality Inn Oak Ridge
Good (7.3, 61 reviews)
Days Inn by Wyndham Oak Ridge Knoxville
Okay (5.4, 146 reviews)

Renting a car in Oak Ridge

Renting a car in Oak Ridge costs $55 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to rent your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 13% cheaper than airport locations in Oak Ridge.

Expect to pay $3.82 per gallon in Oak Ridge (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between $45.88 and $61.17. The most frequently booked car type in Oak Ridge is Standard (Toyota Prius or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size rental cars (Nissan Pathfinder or similar) are, on average, 44% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.