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Downtown Franklin, Franklin

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#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. To visit Downtown Franklin on your trip to Franklin, use our Franklin itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    There are so many great shops in downtown Franklin. Lots of great places to eat as well. It is a bit nostalgic to walk downtown but there are lots of modern locations to keep up with the times. I love...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We spent a few hours exploring this beautiful town. The shops are unique and located in historic buildings. If you are looking for great gifts or treats for yourself, you will most likely find them!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Nestled in an area of beautiful homes and tree lined streets with ample on street be free garage parking, downtown Franklin had a number of small gift shops and restaurants for a nice afternoon or eve...  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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