10 Best Downtowns



Franklin, TN

The Franklin Theatre in Downtown Franklin, TN

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Looking for the quintessentially cute downtown? Try Franklin, TN for the complete experience. Franklin's historical roots reach deep, dating back almost two centuries, and the city has the battlefields and plantations to prove it. This 15-block historic district includes an eclectic mix of more than 70 boutiques, fabulous restaurants, a round of street festivals and a mix of sweet shops, including Sweet Cece's. The recently restored Franklin Theatre hosts classic movie screenings and live music, often performed by country stars who live in the surrounding area. Downtown Franklin has received much praise from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 2011 teen popstar Justin Bieber shot a music video for an upcoming Christmas Album on Franklin's Main Street with his girlfriend, actress Selena Gomez. Now that's just cool.

The Scene: Blast from the Past

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