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If you're willing to jump off the beaten path, you'll find some fascinating and scenic attractions near Nashville. Spend the day learning about whiskey, exploring caves, or hanging out at a country music star’s digs – and still get back to the city in time to catch a show.

Day Trips from Nashville

Franklin

Take U.S. 31 and see antebellum homes on the way to this historic town where a Civil War battle once took place.

Williamson County Visitor Information Center, 20 miles south of Nashville, 209 E. Main St., TN, 615-591-8514
Tags: historic | architecture | day trip

Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Find out how whiskey is made at this still-active distillery and learn what became of Jack himself. The Tennessee Walking Horse Museum is also nearby.

About 70 miles south of Nashville, in Lynchburg, TN, 931-759-4221, www.jackdaniels.com
Tags: historic | day trip | museum

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and Family Campground

This country star’s compound includes a plantation home, a replica of the log cabin she grew up in, a museum about her life, and a southern buffet restaurant.

80 miles west of Nashville, TN, 931-296-7700, www.lorettalynn.com
Tags: family | day trip | museum

Mammoth Cave

Head across the Kentucky border to check out the longest known cave system in the world. View amazing formations while exploring some of its 365 miles of tunnels.

90 miles north of Nashville, KY, 800-967-2283, www.nps.gov/maca
Tags: family | day trip | national park

Tennessee Aquarium

See alligators, sting rays, and sharks at the largest freshwater aquarium in the world. Don’t miss the 3D IMAX theater.

About 130 miles southeast of Nashville, in Chattanooga, One Broad St., TN, 800-262-0695, www.tnaqua.org
Tags: family | day trip | wildlife | aquarium

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