How to Enjoy a Vacation Away from the Crowds: Nashville Edition
There’s something about a worldwide pandemic that shifts our perspective, isn’t there? This year has undoubtedly changed the game when it comes to most things. Work, school, parenting, summer vacations, and more — nearly everything is different.
Are you hanging onto these words a little longer: summer vacations? If so, what about vacations, in general? What’s the latest?
Well, research shows that more and more families will get away to drivable, regional destinations to bond this summer and fall (and beyond), while opting for activities other than theme parks. Think away from crowds.
All that to say, if you’re searching for ways to push that reset button with a family vacation in the coming months, you’ve come to the right place. We’re kicking off our Away from the Crowds blog series, sharing destinations within our Tripbound resort portfolio that we think you’ll love and appreciate.
Okay, so you might consider Nashville to be the opposite of away from the crowds, as it’s known for its Music Row, traditional lively festivals, and infectious nightlife. But there’s more to this beautiful city than meets the eye.
Disclosure: while some state parks have started reopening with restrictions as of April 27, many of the attractions featured here are closed for the time being. We’re hopeful that come summertime, these favored “away from the crowd” spots will provide a welcome respite for out-of-town guests.
WHAT TO DO?
1. Experience Tranquil Beauty at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Bursting with tidbits from our nation’s past, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is the perfect place to travel back in time.
Watch history come to life before your children’s eyes when you tour the mansion. Just be sure you allow yourself plenty of time to explore as you walk the grounds, featuring more than 30 historic buildings, of one of the most visited presidential homes in the U.S.
Tripbound Traveler Tip: Active-duty military? You can get free admission with a valid military ID!
2. Stroll the Gardens
Breathe in the fresh air as you venture on stone pathways through green grass and vibrant foliage at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden. With 14 different gardens to explore, it’s easy to spend all day soaking up some sweet sunshine.
But if you have to choose just one, then head to the Bracken Foundation’s Children Garden. Horticulturally diverse with interactive surprises at every turn, this outdoor destination is sure to be a favorite for everyone in your travel crew!
3. Explore Over Two Centuries of Hospitality
Next up is Belle Meade Plantation. From its start in 1807 to its decline in 1906, this site witnessed years of our nation’s history, firsthand. Travel back in time with a 45-minute tour of the Greek-Revival Mansion, then spend the next hour on the Journey to Jubilee, where an experienced guide will tell you the story of the enslaved men and women who called Belle Meade home.
Tripbound Traveler Bonus: it’s just two miles from Cheekwood Gardens, so you can easily make a day of it!
4. Go on a Day Trip
Who says you have to stay put when you’re on vacation? Load up the kids, grab a handful of snacks, and make the drive to one of the following day-trip destinations.
- Rock Island State Park: Located just about an hour and a half away from Nashville is a massive 883-acre that is situated at the intersection of the Caney Fork, Rocky, and Collins Rivers. This beautiful park features natural beaches for sunbathing and swimming, trails for hiking and biking, and picnic and camping areas, as well as boat launch ramps and a multitude of great fishing spots. It’s pretty much a massive playground for the whole family. Some scenic spots you’ll want to check out with the kids include Great Falls—a 30-foot cascading waterfall—and the Caney Fork Gorge, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.
- Greeter Falls & Foster Falls: Just 90 minutes away is where you’ll find Greeter Falls and Foster Falls for a day of hiking and, of course, breathtaking waterfalls. And don’t worry, the hikes leading to the falls are easy. One great option at Greeter Falls is a short in-and-out, which is perfect for kiddos of any age. The trail at Foster Falls is also easy, but toddlers might need the occasional hand-holding. The payoff? An unforgettable view of cascading waterfalls at the end of both hikes and an almost cave-like feeling (complete with pebble throwing) at Foster.
- Mammoth Cave National Park: If you enjoy natural wonders, you’ll want to make the hour-long drive out to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. This massive network of caves is the most extensive system in the world, stretching over a whopping 405 miles, with more yet to be explored.
During your visit, you can choose from a variety of different cave tours that range in both length and difficulty (good news for those with shorter legs in tow!). There are also trails in the park for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, as well as opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing on the nearby river.
5. Hit the Water
Is it a real summer vacay if you’re not out on the water? Located at Hamilton Creek Recreation Area, Nashville Paddle Company is your ticket to a day of paddleboarding and kayaking.
If you have older kids, head downtown to Cumberland Kayak and Urban Adventure Company, where you can paddle the Nashville skyline — because we can’t think of a more impressive way to set our sites on this lively city.
6. Breeze Through the Air via Zip Line
See the area like you’ve never seen before with Adventureworks. It offers two sites where you can fly harnessed onto steel cables up to 85 feet in the air (aka Nashville West (Kingston Springs and Nashville Fontanel). Both offer incredible 90-minute tours that let you soar through the lush canopy overhead.
Tripbound Traveler Tip: this adventure is not suitable for children under six years old.
7. Sneak Away for a Ride at Juro Stables
If your travel crew features animal lovers, then you don’t want to miss a stop at Juro Stables where you can enjoy a leisurely walk on horseback or (if you’re feeling up to it) a more adventurous ride just outside Nashville.
WHERE TO STAY?
You have two options with Tripbound – either Wyndham Nashville or Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham – Nashville!
Wyndham Nashville is a Tripbound traveler favorite thanks to its proximity to the Grand Ole Opry. But everyone is loving the new Margaritaville Vacation Club, too! Both offer affordability and comforts of home with suites featuring a kitchen and space for the entire family to stretch out.
Should you choose Nashville to be the destination to venture to this summer in search of a family-friendly vacation away from the crowds, you’ll find another side of the city — a calm, outdoorsy, and beautiful escape.
So what do you say? Let the team here at Tripbound help you plan and book a stress-free getaway, and push that much-needed reset button this summer or fall! Peace of mind included.*
*Free cancellation up until 15 days before check-in. Additional coverage is also available for $49, allowing you to cancel your suite stay, if needed, for cancellation up until 24 hours before check-in for a full refund (less the insurance cost).