What are the best day trips near Nashville?

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Claire Gibson

While there's plenty to do in and around Nashville proper, there's something fun about hitting the road and seeing something that's off the beaten path. If you're looking for a day-trip from Nashville, look no further than the following: 

1. Arrington Vineyards- located less than an hour's drive away from Nashville, in Arrington, Tenn., this vineyard is the handywork of Kix Brooks, half of the iconic country duo, Brooks & Dunn. Along with winemaker Kip Summers and entrepreneur, John Russell, Brooks is making a new kind of music with his bold vintages, including a Petite Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Savignon, among others. Pack a picnic and head to the hill, which overlooks the vineyard valley. At times there's live music, and there's always wine for sale in the main house. Bring a wine key!

2. Leipers Fork - for a fun day in the country, head southwest from Nashville on the Natchez Trace Parkway, until you reach Lepiers Fork, a small town with big personality. Stop in for lunch (or late night live music) at the original Puckett's Grocery, and don't miss Serenite Maison, for antiques and other household treasures. 

3. Jack Daniel's DistilleryIf you're looking for something to warm your belly, take an hour drive to Lynchburg, the site of Jack Daniel's famous whiskey distillery. Though it was famed for its location in a dry county, thanks to a small 2012 change in legislation, visitors can enjoy a Jack Daniels tasting right on the premises. 

4. Virgin Falls - Located just east of Sparta, TN, Virgin Falls offers over 1,000 acres of natural beauty to hikers and campers. The trail, which is well marked from the parking lot, takes 5 to 8 hours, depending on your pace. But if you're feelign more adventurous, hike in with a tent and a few supplies—you can almost always find a camping spot just near the falls, and sleep next to the roaring sound of waters in the middle of Tennessee. 

Happy travels!

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