[The Culture Trip] The 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Tennessee

This appeared in The Culture Trip on May 26, 2015

The state of Tennessee boasts many beautiful cities, charming small towns and breathtaking scenery. With the Appalachian Mountains to the east and the Mississippi River to the west, the state is fraught with captivating imagery and must-visit locations. Read our guide below to discover 10 such places in ‘The Volunteer State,’ Tennessee.

Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee’s ‘Music City,’ is both the capital of the state and its second-largest city. The city, founded in 1779, is named after Francis Nash, a brigadier general during the American Revolutionary War. Nashville sits upon the Cumberland River, which gets its source from the Appalachian Mountains. It is also home to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and the beautiful state capitol building nestled upon a steep, magnificent hill. With so many fantastic restaurants, live music, tours, museums and beautiful countryside scenery just outside the hubbub of downtown, Nashville truly offers something for everyone.

Franklin

Located just over 20 miles south of Nashville is a fast-growing Tennessean city in Williamson County. Franklin was founded in 1799 by Abram Maury, Jr., who named the city after founding father Benjamin Franklin. The town is well-known for the Battle of Franklin, which occurred in the city on November 30,1864, during the American Civil War. Many visitors flock to the Carnton and Carter houses, two historical homes involved in the battle that are still there today and open for tours. Franklin is also home to many yearly festivals, including the Main Street Festival, the Wine Down Main Street Festival, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas (which attracts nearly 50,000 visitors annually).

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