Music City is always a good time, but with all the stimulation of a bustling city that's constantly surrounded by live performances, many Nashville dwellers probably yearn for an escape. When you feel the need for some peace and quiet, these road trip destinations from Nashville are too pretty to pass up.
From cascading falls and caverns to wineries and greenhouses, these spots are sure to provide the relaxing fleet that will allow you to truly clear your mind.
Bean's Creek Winery, Manchester
Address: 426 Ragsdale Rd., Manchester, TN
Why You Should Go: This remote, rustic winery is surrounded by magical greenery embellished with bright colors during the warmer months. Taste authentic wines made with Tennessee grapes and take a bottle or two home. Nearby, you can get in touch with nature and visit the 2,000-year-old Stone Fort covered with riverside trails.
Abbo's Alley, Sewanee
Address: 735 University Ave., Sewanee, TN
Why You Should Go: This magical trail resembles a true fairytale, with a stone-lined staircase that seems to lead into an lucid abyss of wonder. Visit in the spring to witness the glorious Dogwoods in bloom. While you're here, you can venture closeby to the Romanesque All Saint's Chapel and the 50-foot Natural Bridge sandstone arch.
Cumberland Caverns, McMinnville
Address: 1437 Cumberland Caverns Rd., McMinnville, TN
Why You Should Go: Discover a mystical underground world with these multifaceted exploratories. You'll find awe-inspiring ambience with neon lit spaces, insane rock formations, waterfalls, pools and a massive concert venue. Just miles away, you can also visit Great Falls, a 30-foot cascading waterfall at Rock Island State Park.
"See Rock City", Chattanooga
Address: 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain, GA
Why You Should Go: Rock City Gardens is part of Lookout Mountain, where you can bask in falls and catch stunning views of seven states all at once. Located on the Tennessee state line, you can explore unique rock formations, natural trails, Fairyland Caverns and a 14-acre garden with more than 400 different species of native wildflowers and plants.
Long Hollow Gardens, Hendersonville
Address: 2064 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin, TN
Why You Should Go: Explore quaint and aesthetically-pleasing plants and greenery in this relaxing atmopshere. The gardens operate a vineyard, winery and iconic garden center. You can stay updated on their website to keep track of the many plant-centric events offered throughout the year.
Burgess Falls, Sparta
Address: 4000 Burgess Falls Dr., Sparta, TN
Why You Should Go: These massive falls may have you questioning if you're actually hiking through the Amazon Rainforest. The captivating cascades pour over a towering 136 feet into a massive limestone gorge surrounded by 100 to 200 feet of walls.
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