Day Trips

Find a New Place to Explore within a Two Hour Drive

Have a Saturday and want to get out of town and explore? Check out our suggestions for day trips – all tested by our families and 7 kids. The Nashville metro area is big, so to give you an idea of distances we have used the Tennessee State Capitol as a central starting point. All of these locations are within a 2 hour drive or less from the Capitol.

If you want to travel further or need an idea for a weekend away check out our road trip suggestions.

Scroll through the list, or click one of the buttons below and see our adventures by state.

Burritt on the Mountain

Burritt on the Mountain, located 5 miles east of downtown Huntsville is near the top of the famed Monte Sano, Italian for “Mountain of Health”, where the Hotel Monte Sano…

Tennessee State Aquarium

Two hours south of Nashville in beautiful Chattanooga, TN is the Tennessee State Aquarium which is a great place to spend a day! We drove down on a Sunday and…

The River Discovery Center

In a previous life, before kids and before Nashville, I was a Third Mate in the Merchant Marines and worked on oil tankers. I have tried for years to explain…

Kentucky Down Under

Drive 90 minutes north on I-65 and explore another continent – get a taste of Australia (at least it’s wildlife) at Kentucky Down Under. Plan to spend the day here –…

Cummins Falls State Park

I’ve never written anything controversial on this site but this post may change that. Let me make something clear right up front. If you and your family have been visiting Cummins…