Franklin, TN is a charming town located just south of Nashville. With its historic downtown square, high-end shopping, delicious dining options, and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder why Franklin has been named one of the best small towns in America.

Start your day trip at Soar Adventure Tower (3794 Carothers Parkway). The tower features 3 levels with 110 climbing elements that are 15′, 30′, and 45′ above the ground. Plan on spending at least 2-hours as you maneuver your way through the tower.  If this high adrenaline tower isn’t for you, Soar also offers an 18 hole, musically themed miniature golf course.

Lunch in Downtown Franklin

Once you’ve come down from the tower, you are certain to be hungry. Hop in your car for a short 15-minute drive to 55 South (403 Main Street), located in downtown Franklin, where you will enjoy some of the best down-home southern comfort food you’ve ever tasted. Regardless of what you order, you can’t go wrong!

Walk through Historic Downtown Franklin

After satisfying your hunger pangs, go outside and walk through “America’s Favorite Main Street District“. Downtown Franklin offers so many unique shops and boutiques, that you’re sure to find that special gift for that special someone.  You might even want to treat yourself to a specialty coffee and an ice cream. There is so much to see in Downtown Franklin, that you should allocate at least 1 hour to explore.

For the history buff, especially Civil War enthusiasts, you will want to visit the Lotz House Museum (1111 Columbia Ave) and the Carter House (1140  Columbia Ave), also known as “The House With 1,000 Civil War Bullet Holes”. This area is known as the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin, which was a nighttime battle that occurred on November 30, 1864. Anticipate spending at least 1-hour at each house if you do the tour. Visit their respective websites for tour times and information.

Enjoy Spirits or Wine

Leiper’s Fork Distillery (3381 Southall Road) is 15-minutes down the road, offering a 1-hour tour & tasting of their four spirits or you can opt for just a tasting of their whiskey and bourbon.

If you prefer wine rather than whiskey, Wines in the Fork (4165 Old Hillsboro Road) is just 3-minutes away, where you can sit creek side and enjoy a tasting of their award winning wines.

While in this small community of Leiper’s Fork, park your car and walk through the town, visiting the small shops and antique stores along the way.

Photo Op

After leaving Leiper’s Fork, just 15-minutes down the road is the iconic Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, which sits 155 feet above the valley. This bridge is located at Hwy 96 & Natchez Parkway. Great photo op!

If you love taking a leisurely drive, especially in the Fall, you will want to drive all or part of the Natchez Trace Parkway which travels 444 miles through three States (TN, AL, MS) and is called “A Drive Through 10,000 Years of History”.  We have driven the entire route once. Perhaps we will travel it once again and share our findings along the way.

This day trip may require more than just one day! 

Depending where you start your day trip from and how much time you spend at each stop, you may find yourself saying, “There is no way we can squeeze all this into one day!” No worries. Pick the stops you definitely want to make and do those first. Save the others for another trip, another day, and another adventure!

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