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If you are going to be spending some time in Nashville and want to explore the rest of middle Tennessee, this article points you to five cheap day trips to suit a range of tastes. Each one is within a couple of hours of downtown Nashville.

Stones River National Battlefield

This is one of many Civil War sites in Tennessee, about 45 minutes south of Nashville in Murfreesboro. The roughly 570-acre site includes historical markers, a large cemetery, hiking and biking trails, and the remains of Fort Rosecrans. The trails here are level and most are paved. Park rangers and trained volunteers offer historical talks from time-to-time. Admission to Stones River Battlefield is free.

Cumberland Caverns

Drive about 90 minutes southeast to McMinnville, Tennessee for a walking tour in 32-miles of passages and underground chambers. The caverns also boast some underground waterfalls and vast chambers with stalagmites and stalactites that are bigger than a person.

The Jack Daniels Distillery

Go about an hour southwest of Nashville, to the tiny town of Lynchburg. When you finish your tour of this historic distillery, you can buy a souvenir in the gift shop. Even though Lynchburg is in a dry county, you can buy a bottle of Jack Daniels at the gift shop.

Huntsville Space & Rocket Center

Located in Huntsville Alabama approximately two hours southeast of Nashville, this museum boasts almost 1,500 artifacts associated with rocketry and space exploration. The highlight of their technology display is a variety of Apollo Program hardware. If you love plants, consider combining your trip here with a quick tour of the nearby Huntsville Botanical Garden.

Rock Island State Park

About 90 to 95 minutes away, this 883-acre park is probably the closest good place for a long hike. You can also enjoy swimming and kayaking here. Go for a hike down to spectacular Great Falls if you can. The miles of hiking and biking trails are mostly easy or moderate trails. You can relax on the little sandy beach at Center Hill Lake too. Rock Island State Park admission is free.

Whether you want to experience some history, get out in nature, or learn some science there is something on this list for you. Stay at a Nashville vacation rental through Playlist Properties for convenient access to these attractions and popular Nashville attractions too.

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