This sweet Southern town is one of the oldest in Middle Tennessee. Located 20 minutes south of Nashville, this town has plenty to offer history buffs, like the Carter House and Carnton Plantation. Franklin’s Main Street is a charming stretch of antique shops, specialty stores, art galleries and restaurants. Walking and trolley tours are fun ways of getting acquainted with the area’s history. What’s more, many country music stars enjoy quiet lives in Franklin thanks to the area’s focus on privacy, hospitality and community— the true Southern way.