Jackson, TN

Travel Guide

This city located between Memphis and Nashville offers a fascinating Civil War history, a thriving music scene and a variety of outdoor activities.

Jackson is a city in west Tennessee known for its Civil War history and musical heritage. The city was originally called Alexandria when it was settled in the early 19th century. It was renamed in 1822 to honor General and future President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.

The city played a key role during the American Civil War. Tour monuments throughout Jackson that commemorate its place in America’s history. On East College Street, a monument marks the Affair at Jackson. It was here that Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest exaggerated the size of his small cavalry and kept a Union force of 10,000 men at bay. Visit the sites of the Battle of Salem Cemetery and the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads, where Forrest further delayed Union General Ulysses Grant’s progress to Vicksburg.

Jackson is located in the middle of two of the country’s greatest musical cities and has its own unique musical heritage. Discover this history at the Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame, which is home to old video footage, portraits of famous musicians, Elvis memorabilia and an in-house dance troupe. If your tastes lean more toward classical performances, see a show by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra.

Experience moviemaking history at Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum. This venue has more than 25 cars from famous films and shows.

For an outdoor night of fun for the whole family, head to The Ballpark at Jackson to cheer on the home team. This is where the Jackson Generals play AA baseball.

Rent a bike or walk the peaceful trails of Natchez Trace State Park on foot. Nearby, see the majestic raptors that live in Cypress Grove Nature Park.

The weather in Jackson is warm throughout the year. Even during winter months, temperatures never dip below freezing. If you visit during the summer, you can expect very hot days that are great for exploring forest trails or cooling off in the air-conditioned comfort of a museum.

From Jackson, take the highway west to Memphis or east to Nashville. You can reach either city by car in less than 2 hours. McKellar-Sipes Airport offers flights to many major cities within the U.S.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jackson
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jackson
2.5 out of 5
2370 N Highland, Jackson, TN
The price is $67 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Hickory Mall, Casey Jones Village, and North Hospital. Union University is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) ...
3/5 (964 reviews)
"Very nice location. Staff was great & very helpful"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Jackson
Baymont by Wyndham Jackson
Baymont by Wyndham Jackson
2.5 out of 5
465 Vann Dr, Jackson, TN
The price is $71 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in Jackson, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Union University, Casey Jones Village, and North Hospital. Old Hickory Mall is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) ...
3.5/5 Good! (828 reviews)
"Recently remodeled. Looks nice but there is still a chemical smell from the big remodel. Running the room fan helped. The door lock needs adjusted. Have to slam the door for it to fully close. Doesn't seem to have an elevator, had to lug suitcase up stairs."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Jackson
Best Western Plus Executive Residency Jackson Northeast
Best Western Plus Executive Residency Jackson Northeast
3 out of 5
2443 CHRISTMASVILLE COVE, Jackson, TN
The price is $88 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Situated in Jackson, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex and The Ballpark at Jackson. Old Hickory Mall and Casey Jones Village ...
4/5 Very Good! (110 reviews)
"Breakfast was fantastic"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Best Western Plus Executive Residency Jackson Northeast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Charming house in Jackson, Tn. Sleeps 5
Charming house in Jackson, Tn. Sleeps 5
Jackson, TN
The price is $150 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 6
Situated in Jackson, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of The Ballpark at Jackson, West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex, and Old Hickory Mall. International ...
4/5 Very Good! (3 reviews)
Great stay...
"Great house... very quiet.. love the porch!!"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Charming house in Jackson, Tn. Sleeps 5
Newly Remodeled
Newly Remodeled
Jackson, TN
Situated in Jackson, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum and International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame and Museum. ...
Newly Remodeled
Beautifully renovated  Craftsman house
Beautifully renovated Craftsman house
Jackson, TN
Located in the heart of Jackson, this vacation home is 1 mi (1.6 km) from International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame and Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rusty's ...
Beautifully renovated Craftsman house
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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