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Cheryl
Edina, Minnesota

Cheryl from Edina, Minnesota asked

Nearby small towns or outdoor areas?

I'm going to Nashville for 4 days and want to spend 1 day renting a car and driving to a nice rural area (small town or scenic spot). Suggestions w/in 1.5 hours of Nashville?

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James from Bon Aqua

I don't know if you are a big country music fan, about 60 miles west of Nashville on I-40 is an exit called Hurricane Mills, which is where Loretta Lynn's ranch is. There is a mill and a general store, it is sort of interesting. I grew up just east of there heading back toward Nashville. While in Nashville try to see the Gaylord Opryland Resort, it is really neat and there is the Grand Ole Opry and a country music museum which is free( donation appreciated. Nashville and the area has grown so much since I lived there that I have to update myself on it, also try to visit Broadway Street Nashville and the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, also the Ryman Auditorium until they moved years back to Briley Parkway. I know that there are tours that take you to all of the hotspots in and around Nashville!


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Cheryl
James, thank you so much for the great ideas and a map too! I'm very excited to visit Nashville :)
 

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I forgot to mention earlier about the Parthenon on West End Avenue in Nashville, it is an almost full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece. It used to have a decent art museum in it!
 
 
 

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Jerry from Owosso, Michigan

Hi, 

Check out Natchez Trace for a nice scenic ride.  Make sure you stop at Loveless Cafe for breakfast or lunch.  

Happy Holidays! 

Jerry


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Linda from Nashville

Think about going to Leiper's Fork http://www.visitleipersfork.com... another town that is close by is Franklin (Tennessee).. there is a tour of historic Civil war battle in Franklin Battle Of Franklin - Civil War Museum.. it's wonderful

If you are up for a drive go to the Jack Daniel Distilleryin the town of Lynchburg.. we were just there with our family and the tour was free and wonderful and a charming town..

You will love the citizens of TN.. Nashville is the friendliest town.. and I have lived all over the world.. we love it here...


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Cheryl
Thank you so much. I'm looking into your ideas now. I really appreciate the advice and I am so looking forward to Nashville!!
 
 
 

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Jen from Ontario (Canada)

Just visited Nashville and took a drive out to Brentwood (Tennessee) and Franklin (Tennessee) and both seemed to be really cute, smaller towns (Brentwood has the beautiful mansions and downtown Franklin looked like a cute place to walk around).  Also, a drive out to the Grand Ole Opry would be neat - we went there for a concert at night, but didn't realize how far away it is from Nashville itself - would've been nice to spend a  half-day looking around Opryland USA to check out the Gaylord Opryland Resort and all the amenities surrounding it (about a 35-40 minute drive from Nashville).  Hope that helps!


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Nashville is not huge, 15~20 minutes from downtown with no traffic, you really can go around the smaller cities, as Brentwood, Franklin, Opryland, Smyrna, and Mount Juliet. If you plan to go Opryland, 2 half days is good; one day to make reservation on General Show Boat with stage performance, lunch/dinner, the boat is along with Cumberland river and will see the outskirt of Nashville. Another 1/2 day just enjoy the hotel, you can sit on Gondola on the water, a huge indoor garden, and nice cafes, around 9:00PM there is a dancing water show. You don't have to stay in the hotel to enjoy all these, there is no entrance fee. Besides all those scenes in downtown Nashville, you need to go the Wild Horse Salon(check the website) to experience the folk dance. On a nice weather Saturday afternoon to enjoy Broadway all the activities and see this town alive.
 
 
 

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Trae

Franklin (Tennessee), TN is a great small town to walk around. 


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Bryson from Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN without a doubt...it's about a two hour drive from Nashville (but you gain an hour on the drive back). It's nickname is the Scenic City -- Check out this resource (full disclosure, I work for with RootsRated and we're based out of Chattanooga, but that doesn't make it any less beautiful): http://rootsrated.com/Chattanooga-tn


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