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Franklin, North Carolina Travel Guide

Franklin is a beautiful small town nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. In the town center you’ll find friendly people -- with a population of only 4,000, everyone seems to be a on a first-name basis -- a slower pace of life, and rich indigenous history. On the outskirts of town, Franklin lays claim to a vast expanse of wilderness that includes hiking trails, biking trails, white water rafting, hunting, fishing, and waterfalls. It’s also known as the “Gem Capital of the World,” so for any geology enthusiasts out there, this is a must-visit.

Things to Do in Franklin, North Carolina

As its nickname suggests, one of the most iconic things in Franklin is the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. It’s not just limited to pretty rocks, here you’ll find old native american artifacts, dinosaur fossils, and more. As far as entertainment goes, visit the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, a beautiful building that hosts drama, live music, and dance shows. The streets of downtown Franklin are dotted with a wide variety of shops ranging from outdoor outfitters to jewelry and home goods. However, arguably the best thing about franklin is it’s natural reserves. As part of the greater Nantahala National Forest, Franklin is within a stone’s-throw from beautiful lookout points, Dry Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, and Whiteside Mountain.

Best Time to Visit Franklin, North Carolina

While springtime in Franklin is often touted as the best season, the summer heat isn’t too bad, so feel free to visit any time between March and October. Mother’s day weekend in May is often a time for gem and flower festivals.

Price and Availability Index in Franklin

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Franklin is in July, while the cheapest month is in April. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Franklin is in the high season in October. Franklin has its low season in April, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Franklin tends to be Tuesday, while the most expensive day tends to be Friday. Vacation homes in Franklin tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The weather in Franklin

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Franklin. The warmest months in Franklin are June and July, when temperatures reach 91 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to 2 ˚F. The wettest month in Franklin is June with 5.1 inches of rain, while the driest month is November with 1.12 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Franklin

At AllTheRooms.com we have accommodations from all of your favourite providers - Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and more. Franklin has 637 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, luxury travelers and everything in between. For those traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in Franklin is available at $10 per night. A typical accommodation in Franklin costs on average $203 per night.

If you want to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 341 accommodations in Franklin that have WiFi. 18 of our accommodations in include a breakfast in the price. You can keep up with your workout regime by staying at one of 14 accommodations that provide gym facilities. If you're planning on arriving in Franklin by car, be sure to choose from 363 accommodations that provide parking. 12 hotels and vacation rentals have a pool or jacuzzi.

If you're traveling with a furry friend, then be sure to choose one of the 151 pet-friendly accommodations available.

AllTheRooms aggregates vacation rentals, hotels and other unique accommodation types from 6 providers in Franklin, including 179 places to stay from Airbnb, 114 accommodations from VRBO and 88 places to stay from Homeaway

446 of our accommodations in Franklin have been reviewed and rated. 62% are rated excellent or good. You can instantly book any of 284 places to stay right now.

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