Fall around Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a wonderful time of year, full of and with the season slowly heading into its final stretch there are still plenty of great events and activities for you to enjoy before winter makes its appearance.
Taking one of the many Ghost Tours around Nashville is a fantastic idea if you are looking for a way to extend the Halloween festivities well into November. Some of the ghost tours are heavily focused on history and some just look to spook and entertain you, so you are sure to find a tour that is just perfect for you. There are haunted city tours in Nashville and Franklin, hearse tours, candlelit cemetery tours, and you can even visit President Andrew Jackson’s ghost at the Andrew Jackson Hermitage.
Make sure to research your options well because some of these tours are family friendly while some may be too scary for kids.
If you are looking to fully take in all the beautiful autumn colors in Tennessee, going for one of the many scenic drives is a great idea. You can’t go wrong with a relaxing cruise through the Natchez Trace, a 444-mile recreational road that actually goes through three states. This road roughly follows a historic travel corridor that has been in use for 10,000 years. Driving isn’t the only activity you can enjoy at the Natchez Trace, there is also horseback riding, hiking, biking, and camping, so you can fully appreciate the experience at your own pace.
And if you don’t feel like driving and just want to relax while still enjoying the views, then taking a train is your best option. The Tennessee Central Railway Museum offers scenic train rides from Nashville to Watertown on a restored classic streamlined stainless steel passenger train. The trip takes around 2 hours each way and there is a 2.5-hour lunch break at Watertown so you can enjoy the town.
The best seats on the train are definitely the 20 seats on the dome-coach car which offers passengers an unobstructed 360-degree view of the entire countryside.
For sports fans, fall in Tennessee is the perfect time to catch one of the many local teams at their home fields. Football enthusiasts can watch a college football game at the Volunteers’ Neyland Stadium, or watch the pros go at it at the Tennessee Titans’ Nissan Stadium. Another popular option is to attend a Memphis Grizzlies’ basketball game.
It is a well-known fact that the music never stops in Nashville, and fall is no exception. There are many concerts, festivals, and other music events around the city, so you can be sure to find something you will enjoy. For jazz lovers there is the Jazz at the Lodge concert series at the Arrington Vineyards, which features live music every weekend. Then there is the annual Nashvember event at Servier Park, where you can listen to local musicians for free. And for country music fans, the CMA Awards airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.