The Day Trips You Need to Take Before the End of Summer 

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It’s August so that means school is almost back in session and we’re well on our way to the fall season. The great thing about living in Middle Tennessee is how many great day trips you can take within just a few hours. So, here’s a round-up of our favorite quick road trips you can do for a quick weekend getaway.

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1. Asheville

These destinations are listed in no particular order, however, if we had to pick one to claim the top spot, Asheville would definitely be it! If you’re located in the greater Nashville area, you can drive to Ashville in about five hours or less! Ashville has great options for shopping and eating, full stop. But if you’re wanting to venture out and do some outdoor activities, there are some great hikes and sights (i.e. The Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Mountains) to see!

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2. Chattanooga

If you’re looking for a quick trip you can take either on a whim, Chattanooga is the place. You can hike up Lookout Mountain, walk the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge, or simply grab a coffee and a bite to eat. If you’re traveling from Brentwood, it’ll likely take you a little over two hours plus any time used for stops along the way.

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3. Lexington

There’s so much to do in this city and there truly is something for everyone. You can visit Mary Todd Lincoln’s historical home for a dose of rich history, check out one of the area’s many breweries or distilleries, or wander through The Arboretum. Take your pick!

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4. Memphis

Barbeque anyone? Okay, so this might be obvious to everyone already, but a trip to Memphis has to be on your if you’ve never been before OR if you’re simply a fan of delicious BBQ. Plus, there’s Graceland. Enough said.

You can get to Memphis in just a couple of hours so you could make a day of it if you don’t want to make hotel or Airbnb reservations!

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5. Huntsville

You can find yourself in Huntsville in under two hours which makes it a great escape even just for a few hours. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is worth the trip alone, but there are also some great hiking and biking trails at Monte Sano Park. There are so many things to do so take your pick!

Where are you headed this summer? What other locations would you add to this list? Leave a comment and let us know!

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