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More than 100 travel writers, photographers, and other experts were asked to submit their top picks for Tennessee communities by the online travel publication TravelMag.com. People in the study were asked to list their top three small towns and cities with populations under 100,000. The final choice was then determined by tallying all of the votes.
Tennessee reaches the banks of the massive Mississippi River via the center of the American South. The Appalachian Mountains, 10,000 caves, and river-fed plains of this region are home to hundreds of tiny city and town wonders, while its major cities like Memphis and Nashville are still its main attractions.
Franklin is one of the names on our list. The city was established in 1799 and is just south of Nashville. It has a picturesque old Downtown, a 16-block area that is designated on the National Register of Historic Places. The town square is surrounded by Victorian buildings on busy streets with plenty of eateries, boutiques, and antique shops. Franklin is renowned for its yearly celebrations and parades, which happen on a regular basis throughout the year.
The city of Columbia, which is located in Maury County, also has a gorgeous downtown with lots of shopping and a charming, café-lined square. The Colombia Arts District, which was created as a haven for artists and craftspeople, is now the center of a bustling art scene. For those with a passion for history, Columbia also boasts the old residence of James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States from 1845 to 1849, which is now a museum.