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  • Dawn Sabato

Ready To Explore - Franklin, Tennessee


All photos courtesy VisitFranklin.com

Located just 17 miles south of Nashville, Franklin, Tennessee is no "small potatoes" town. It's the seventh-largest city in the state, with vibrant historic districts, a thriving music scene, and original annual events. Franklin is easily accessible by car from Interstate 65 and State Route 840. By air, Nashville International Airport is only 24 miles away with more than 450 commercial flights daily. According to BestPlaces.net, "July is the hottest month for Franklin with an average high temperature of 89.5°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Tennessee. In Franklin, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Franklin are May, September, and October."


Designated a ‘Great American Main Street’ by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Franklin’s 16-block historic Main Street is home to 15 spots for live music daily, along with award-winning antique shops, gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and more. Main Street is also exceptionally pet-friendly, with many businesses welcoming pets and/or leaving treats and water bowls outside. This is all a part of Franklin's efforts as the pilot city for the Mars Petcare Better Cities For Pets national initiative.



Beyond year-round events like Franklin Art Scene (First Friday of each month), Open Mic Night at Puckett’s, and The StillHouse Sessions at Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Franklin hosts a series of popular annual events, including the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. Launched in 2015 with performances by the likes of Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, and Steven Tyler, the event was named the best-curated festival in the country by Rolling Stone.


Fun Facts from our friends at VisitFranklin.com:

  • The Carter House office building is the most bullet-riddled building still standing from the Civil War.

  • The Masonic Hall in downtown Franklin (est. 1809) is the oldest continually operated Lodge in Tennessee and was the site of a historic meeting between President Andrew Jackson and American Indian Tribes in 1830.

  • The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway that runs through Franklin & Leiper’s Fork is the eighth most visited National Park in the United States.

  • Accolades include: “Charming Small Towns of the South” - USA Today, “The Most Charming Small Towns Across America” - Country Living, “The 25 Coolest Towns in America” - Matador Network, “The South’s Prettiest Towns” - Southern Living.

Take a look at some of the notable stops and things to do that we've uncovered in Franklin, Tennessee with the help of VisitFranklin.com:

  • The creative climate of Leiper’s Fork is attributed to a quiet, distinguished force of local artists who fine-tune the area's culture. Antiques lovers and collectors will find area shops a refreshing, regional mix of history, story, and style. Leiper’s Fork Lawnchair Theatre is the hub of the community buzz. Catch a movie under the stars, sample the local heat at the chili cook-off, or enjoy live music and events all year round.

  • Franklin was the site of the Battle of Franklin in 1864 - one of the only Civil War battles to take place in a downtown setting, and one of the bloodiest battles of the war. For Civil War exploration, three area sites that top the list are Carnton, Carter House, and Lotz House. Each houses a museum with tour options.

  • In 2017 Travel Channel named Franklin one of the Top 10 Cities for People With a Sweet Tooth based on the number of bakeries, pie shops, and specialty shops just for sweets in the city. The crowning piece for sweets lovers? Franklin is the home to the original Five Daughters Bakery and its famed 100-layer donut!

  • The Tennessee Whiskey Trail was launched from Franklin in June of 2017. The trail links over 25 distilleries across the state. Franklin’s Masters & Makers Trail hooks up the area’s breweries, distilleries, and wineries on one fun-filled, and delicious, trail. winding 70 miles throughout Williamson County.

  • Built circa 1929, The historic Factory at Franklin is a complex of 11 depression-era factory buildings that have been renovated into one of Tennessee's most unique shopping, dining, and entertainment venues! Restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, one-of-a-kind retail stores, theatre, working artisans, farmers market, and much more.

  • You'll find the best views along the Natchez Trace Parkway Double Arch Bridge, a 145-foot tall bridge that is part of the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway.

  • Best venues for live music include the historic 1930s-era Franklin Theatre, Leiper's Fork, and Kimbro's Pickn' Parlor.


Make sure to check out Franklin On Foot Tours for a variety of creative ways to see the city!