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Just a hop, skip, and a short drive south of Nashville, the spirited city of Franklin boasts a vibrant present and a captivating past. The remnants of a rich history stud the city, from its heritage hewn downtown core to the very site where the infamous Battle of Franklin took place. Whether you’re visiting or just passing through, Franklin’s blend of small town charm, Southern hospitality, great food, top shopping, and sensational entertainment make it a memorable patch of Tennessee.

Things to see

In 1864 Carnton Plantation witnessed one of the nastiest confrontations of the American Civil War, the Battle of Franklin. Whilst the battle only lasted 5 hours, it claimed the lives of thousands. Today, the McGavock Confederate Cemetery commemorates the fallen, whilst the elegant plantation house serves as a museum. Another must-visit site for history buffs is the Lotz House Museum. Dating back to 1858, the prim white abode provides a glimpse back in time, with its authentic interiors and vast collection of antiquities. For those in need of retail therapy, the CoolSprings Galleria shopping complex offers a satisfying session. With 5 department stores and over 165 shops, you’ll find everything from big name fashion fixes and cosmetics, to home ware, electronics, and toys. Capturing the romance of simpler times, Franklin Theatre has been a community favorite since 1937. Along with movie showings, the venue also hosts theatrical productions and performances from celebrated country crooners.

Hotels in Franklin

There’s a great choice of hotels in Franklin, all brimming with comfort, convenience, and Tennessee’s warm brand of hospitality. Much of the city’s full-service and condominium accommodation comes with a chain name, both upscale and budget, but all offering lots of amenities. Among them you can expect swimming pools, spa tubs, gymnasiums, and tennis courts. Whilst the more luxurious hotels in Franklin come with a few more in-room or in-suite extras, most hotels offer cable TV, WiFi, and refrigerators as standard. Thriftier accommodation options are in good supply, ranging from budget brand inns to simple motel-style stays.

Where to stay

With its portfolio of characterful Victorian buildings, tree-lined streets, and brick pavements, downtown Franklin’s Main Street is the historical centerpiece of the city. Whilst it holds much of the commercial focus in the city, numerous antique stores, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants dot the 16-block downtown district. Several of the luxury hotels in Franklin can be found in the Cool Springs area. Home to the CoolSprings Galleria shopping center, strip malls and big box retailers; what it lacks in character it makes up for in commercial offerings. Conveniently however, the Franklin Trolley bus service can whisk you into downtown, and vice versa.

How to get to Franklin

Situated just a 23 mile drive away, Nashville International is Franklin’s nearest airport. Well linked to most major US cities including Chicago, Denver, New York, and Los Angeles, connecting flights are easily made should you need them. Once you’ve landed a shuttle transfer or taxi can whisk you into Franklin, whilst Nashville’s MTA bus service provides a cheaper alternative. The Route 18 travels from the airport to downtown Nashville, from where you can hop aboard the Route 91X bus into Franklin. The area is also reachable via the Greyhound bus line, which stops in the center of Nashville.

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