Distance from Nashville: 45 miles north; 1-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 they 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: Those greedy Kentucky bourbon distilleries often save their finest hooch and best deals just for residents of the Bluegrass State, so check out the liquor store at the interstate exit just across the border for the chance at some rare finds.