Distance from Nashville: 45 miles north; one-hour drive
Why it made our list: Just across the border into Kentucky, the other Franklin is home to Kentucky Downs, a modest track where the only really race the ponies a few weeks out of the year. But they do offer simulcasts and betting from other tracks seven days a week, plus slot machines and live entertainment. Its tagline is “Vegas-style gaming,” but that might be a bit of an overstatement.
Pro tip: Franklin, Kentucky liquor stores are open on Sundays and often stock bourbons you won’t ever find in Nashville at less expensive prices.