Nashville January 22, 2020
12 Unforgettable Nashville Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
While Nashville is full of tons of stuff to do, it’s always a good idea to get out of town every once in a while and explore all that Middle Tennessee has to offer. These day trips that we’ve put together are the perfect ways to get out of town all year round and see some of the most beautiful, fun, and unique spots throughout the state. Check them out!
January - Land Between The Lakes
Situated between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee/Kentucky border, Land Between The Lakes is a beautiful landscape full of stunning views and abundant wildlife. January is peak bald eagle season, making this 2-hour drive from Nashville ideal for this winter month.
February - Rock City
What's more romantic for February than taking the 2-hour drive down to Lookout Mountain to the famous Lovers Leap waterfall? Rock City even has Valentine's Day packages for any lovebirds visiting during Valentine's Day weekend. Visit
for more info.
March - Sewanee
As the state comes alive after the cold winter, Sewanee is the perfect spot to see the budding flora and experience the natural beauty of the state. The hundreds of miles of trails along the Cumberland Plateau in and around Sewanee are the perfect spot for a quick springtime hike.
April - The National Cornbread Festival
Every April in the small town of South Pittsburg, the National Cornbread Festival takes over downtown for a weekend. The festival is full of arts, crafts, live music, and tons and tons of cornbread concoctions up for competitions and for tasting. Find out more at the
National Cornbread Festival website
May - Shiloh National Battlefield
The Shiloh National Battlefield still has many of the canons from the infamous 1862 battle on the site, making it a sobering but perfect day trip for the Memorial Day weekend at the end of May. You can walk the battlefield and learn all about its importance in the Civil War.
June - RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival
One of the quirkiest but favorite festivals in the state is Bell Buckle's annual RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival. The small town throws a parade, has all kinds of local artists, and even throws a pageant for Mr. RC Cola and Ms. Moon Pie. The dates for 2020 haven't been announced yet, but you can expect the festival to happen in mid-June.
July - Smithville Fiddlers' Jamboree
Every year on the weekend closest to the 4th of July, the tiny town of Smithville throws one of the biggest parties any small town in Tennessee has ever seen. The town of 4,000 get over 30,000 visitors for the weekend as they pay homage to classic Appalachian music. They've been going strong every year since 1972, and the festival history, which you can read about
on their website
August - The Lost Sea
When the hottest months of the year come around, the smart ones head underground. And there's nowhere better to escape the heat than the Lost Sea Adventure, where you can ride a glass-bottomed boat across
America's largest underground lake
September - Burgess Falls
Another great way to cool off in the hottest months? Head to the water. Burgess Falls is stunning any time of year, but swimming at the pool at the bottom of the falls is both incredibly refreshing and picture perfect. The falls are only an hour and twenty minutes outside of Nashville, making this an easy day trip.
October - Bell Witch Cave
You need a good, spooky road trip for October, and what's spookier than one of the most haunted places in Tennessee? The Bell Witch Cave is only a 45-minute drive from downtown Nashville, and you can tour a cave so haunted, even Andrew Jackson wouldn't stay on the property. You can read all about it
in our article here
November - Natchez Trace Parkway
The beginning of November is peak foliage season for most of Tennessee, and there's no better spot to see the leaves than the stunning, scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. Head south on the highway from Nashville at least to Lieper's Fork where you can get stunning views of the valley from the parkway's famous double-arch bridge.
December - Franklin
Franklin is often lauded as one of the best small towns in America, and they pull out all of the stops when it comes to Christmastime. The Main Street gets decked out with all of the Christmas cheer you could imagine, and their annual Dickens of a Christmas festival is one of the biggest events in Middle Tennessee. It's the perfect way to spend a weekend before the holidays start.
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