The Best Day Trips from Nashville
Collected by Chris Chamberlain , AFAR Local Expert
It’s easy to spend a whole week exploring Nashville, but thanks to three interstates that cross within a mile of one another downtown, you can also get out of the city for some fun excursions. Spend the day in nature or tour a Civil War battlefield and still make it back to Music City in time for dinner.
1345 Eastern Flank Cir, Franklin, TN 37064, USA
A historic plantation, Carnton played a crucial role in the Battle of Franklin in 1864. During the pivotal clash, the house served as a large field hospital for some of the more than 1,750 Confederate soldiers who ultimately lost their lives over...
Murfreesboro, TN 37129, USA
As the calendar flipped from 1862 to 1863, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place along the Stones River near Murfreesboro. From December 31 to January 2, the Union army marched south from Nashville to stop two advances...
Pikeville, TN 37367, USA
Covering thousands of acres, Fall Creek Falls State Park offers all sorts of outdoor recreation, from hiking and swimming to wilderness camping. The main attraction is without doubt the park’s namesake waterfall—the highest...
1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA
Cumberland Caverns is the largest show cave and second-longest cavern in Tennessee. Designated a National Historical Landmark, it was once home to mines for saltpeter, which was used to make gunpowder during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The...
732 Stone Fort Dr, Manchester, TN 37355, USA
Located in Coffee County, Old Stone Fort is one of Tennessee’s great archaeological mysteries. It’s not really a fort at all, but rather a series of walls that most likely had some ceremonial or religious significance to early...
280 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN 37352, USA
The charming little town of Lynchburg is home to Jack Daniel, the most famous distillery in all of Tennessee. Take a quick stroll around the town square before crossing a short bridge, which will lead you over a creek that flows from the same...
735 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37383, USA
Some of the South’s most important intellectuals have attended this prestigious private university since its founding by the Episcopal Church in 1857. However, you don’t have to be a student to enjoy the 1,300-acre campus, known...
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