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Travel to and nearby Nashville with these 5 day trips


Tennessee is such a large state that it offers so much for travelers to see and do. A visit to Nashville, one of the state's top destinations, is a must for travelers. But there are also many short drives around the Music City that make for great day trips. We've put together a few of the best day trips from Nashville.


Lookout Mountain: Lookout Mountain isn't just one of the best overlooks in Tennessee, but one of the best in the southeastern United States. You'll want to leave first thing in the morning for Lookout Mountain, not because of the distance, but because of how busy it can get during the afternoon. The drive between Nashville and Chattanooga is a beautiful drive, offering many great photo opportunities, but none like the photos you'll get atop Lookout Mountain. The overlook provides a panoramic view of Chattanooga and the Great Smoky Mountains.


Land Between the Lakes: Land Between the Lakes is one of the most interesting national landmarks in the U.S., as it is literally a sliver of land between two lakes. Located north of Nashville, in Kentucky, Land Between the Lakes is a national recreation area situated between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. This is a great day trip for enjoying the day outdoors. Activities here include hiking and bicycling trails, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, and ATV trails.


Mammoth Cave: The surrounding area around Nashville features some of America's best natural attractions, one of which includes Mammoth Cave, which is just north a couple hours in Kentucky. The cave is the largest cave system in the world. Guided tours are available to take visitors down into parts of Mammoth Cave.


Natchez Trace Parkway: The Natchez Trace Parkway isn't as much of a destination, as it is a trail of the southeast's natural beauty. The 444-mile parkway stretches from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville. The scenic trail winds through Tennessee, offering many great scenic photo opportunities. Hiking and bicycling trails are also located at many entry points along the parkway.


Jack Daniel's Distillery: You won't find much in Lynchburg, Tennessee, but what you will find, Tennessee Whiskey, is good enough for a day trip. The tour of the distillery mainly involves walking around the outdoor grounds of the property, highlighting the history of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey. Tours are free and take place daily during normal business hours, however, if you want to buy Jack Daniel's products from the shop, make sure you don't come on Sundays, when the shop is closed.


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