Destination guide

Ol' Frank's back in town - Welcome to Franklin, Tennessee

Welcome to America's favorite Main Street. Franklin, Tennessee is a buzzy small city with big attraction. Located 20 miles south of country music capital Nashville, Franklin is renowned for its historic downtown and Main Street. Book a Franklin vacation rental close to downtown and hop on the Franklin Trolley and explore Main Street, or hop off at the Factory at Franklin, a former stove factory turned buzzy shopping and dining quarter. After dark, catch a live music performance in the art deco Franklin Theatre, which hosts a calendar of festivals and events throughout the year.

Things to do

Franklin's historic sites battle for attention

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Franklin in 1864 was regarded as one of the bloodiest battles in American history, and the town has a trio of historic sites. Carter House became the Union Army's headquarters during that fateful day and is now history museum and State Historic Site. History buffs will love a behind-the-scenes tour of the house, or see the battlefield. Carnton House, a former plantation, was a field hospital during the battle, while Lotz House has a vast collection of antiques and art, plus guided tours and special events.

Activities

Say "howdy" to America's favorite Main Street

Book a Franklin vacation rental close to downtown and have access to all the city's main attractions. Rooted in old-town Americana, Franklin is great for just pottering around. Franklin's historic Main Street has earned the accolade of "America's favorite Main Street," thanks to its many independent shops and boutiques, music bars, and hip diners. For more mainstream shopping, head to Cool Springs, one of the largest malls in the Southeast. After a busy day, relax with a local craft beer and some live music at one of the town's jumping bars and breweries.

Weather

Franklin, my dear, I don't give a damn (as long as it's sunny!)

Franklin, Tennessee is a delightful vacation destination all year round. However, to see the town as its best, visit during the warmer summer months. The busiest time of year is July and August, when the days are dry and sunny, and temperatures reach highs of 85-90 degrees. If you want the place to yourself, then visit in fall, which still sees a fair bit of sunshine plus a wider choice of Franklin vacation rentals. The temperature starts to drop November through spring, and rain is not uncommon, although it's not a place for snowmen.

Natural features

Beavers and bobcats, Franklin has stacks of wild appeal

Located 20 miles south of Nashville, Franklin is a small and charming rural town in central Tennessee. A 25-minute drive north of the city is Radnor Lake State Park, a vast 1,300-acre nature reserve renowned for its mix of rugged hiking trails and paved pathways, and abundance of indigenous wildlife. Centered around Radnor Lake, there are 6 miles of trails, where you can spot river otter, beaver, bobcats, and white-tailed deer. It's also a popular destination to watch the leaves change color in fall. There's a parking lot, and a visitors' center that's open daily.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Franklin

The nearest airport is in Nashville, TN (BNA-Nashville Intl.), located 18.1 mi (29.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Smyrna, TN (MQY), which is 19.9 mi (32.1 km) away.

Where to stay around Franklin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 370 vacation rentals near Franklin. From 41 Cabins to 235 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Franklin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Franklin?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Franklin:

  • Historic Downtown Franklin: 47 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 791 vacation rentals
  • East Nashville: 2,000 vacation rentals
  • The Gulch: 766 vacation rentals
  • Music Row: 1,467 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Franklin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Franklin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • CoolSprings Galleria: 2,767 vacation rentals
  • Franklin Theatre: 2,227 vacation rentals
  • Carnton Plantation: 1,910 vacation rentals
  • The Factory: 2,419 vacation rentals
  • Confederate Memorial Park at Winstead Hill: 1,362 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Franklin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Franklin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 41 Cabins in Franklin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Franklin include:

  • Houses: 235 rentals available
  • Cottages: 41 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 52 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Franklin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 44 vacation rentals with pool available in Franklin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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