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Downtown Franklin, Franklin

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#2 of 11 in Neighborhoods in Tennessee
Historic Walking Area Neighborhood
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. To visit Downtown Franklin on your trip to Franklin, use our Franklin itinerary builder.
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  • The town itself is amazing and full of history - the merchants however we found several to be very rude towards us. Maybe that is the price of being a tourist - joke is on them though - we are not som...  more »
  • We loved walking around Franklin. My wife found numerous items to purchase. We ate breakfast and lunch in town. Everything was wonderful. We WILL be back. Don't miss Leiper's Fork!  more »
  • We were there during the blue grass festival so despite the heat there were a lot of people there. There are many historic buildings and, of course, the obligatory Confederate memorial in the middle 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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