Returning from College in Knoxville
Mitchell Hollingshead has lived in Knoxville nearly all his life. He just graduated from Central College in Pella and is now attending graduate school in the Twin Cities to become a Mental Health Therapist. Mitchell describes himself as a very social person and enjoys doing any type of activity, as long as he gets to enjoy it with others. Mitchell’s favorite thing about his hometown is the connections that he’s made with all the kind, fun people who live here.
As a college student, Mitchell has lots of fun suggestions for things to do in your hometown. Take a look at his itinerary for ideas on having fun and making the most of your time in Knoxville once you come back from college.
If you had an entire day free in Knoxville, how would you spend it?
Begin the day with Breakfast at Downtown Diner. After breakfast, drive to Marion County Park and spend the morning exploring the historical village, enjoy the fishing pond, or playing a pick-up game on the basketball court.
For lunch, head to Kone Korner, which was recently voted Best Outdoor Dining location in the Red Rock Area. Kone Korner offers a full food and ice cream menu, so you’re bound to find something on the menu to enjoy!
After lunch, hop in the car and make your way to Lake Red Rock, the largest lake in Iowa. Start off at Cordova Park and make the short hike to the Cordova Cliffs for a beautiful view of the lake. After visiting the cliffs, hop back in the car and drive to North Overlook Beach for some swimming, tanning, and relaxation on the sand.
After a busy afternoon at Lake Red Rock, make your way back into town for dinner at Deng’s Garden. Deng’s Garden is Mitchell’s favorite restaurant in Knoxville, so you know you’ll be happy with your food.
Spend your evening by having a bonfire and catching up with friends from high school who you haven’t seen for a while. If there is a race taking place at Knoxville Raceway, head over to the track to enjoy a night of sprint car racing. Mitchell also suggests getting a group of friends together and going to a Methods concert, a band made up of 4 Knoxville High School alums.