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Downtown Franklin, Franklin

4.7
#2 of 11 in Neighborhoods in Tennessee
Built around a town square featuring a Civil War monument of a lone Confederate soldier overlooking the center of town, Downtown Franklin offers a glimpse into its history, along with a collection of modern boutiques and art galleries. The site of a major Civil War battle, the town features a 16-block area on the National Register of Historic Places that's filled with restored Victorian buildings, many of which now house antique shops, gift shops, and bookstores. Shop around town, stroll down one of the walking trails, and dine at one of the many restaurants in the area. Parking is free and within easy walking distance from everything the town has to offer. Plan to visit Downtown Franklin and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Franklin attractions using our Franklin road trip planning app .
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  • A friend recommended we visit. Small friendly town. Good restaurants and boutique shops. Loved their craft store with lots of people's consignment crafts. The warehouse was bare with few shops only bi...  more »
  • Small town America is our preferred travel choice and Franklin does not disappoint. The downtown has plenty of restaurant choices and a good selection of shops without the typical tee shirt shops. Gre...  more »
  • What a fun time we had at downtown Franklin’s annual pumpkin Festival. Parking is difficult for those unfamiliar with the area. It’s also hard to figure out how to walk downtown from where you park. O...  more »

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Where to stay in Franklin

With its brick buildings and small-town charm, the downtown area remains Franklin's biggest draw, but accommodation options here are limited to just a couple inns and bed and breakfasts. You will, however, find many national-chain hotels in the commercial district around where Murfreesboro Road meets Interstate 65. As an alternative, consider staying on a working farm just outside the town center for a more rustic experience.
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