Why Clarksville?

Clarksville, Tennessee is a legendary place. Our rich history permeates our riverfront and gorgeous downtown architecture, but it's also prevalent in our people. Home to two Olympic athletes -- both of whom were trailblazers, champions, and indisputable legends  -- Clarksville is also home to an Army division filled with some of bravest men and women on the planet. 

The determination and tenacity found in Pat Head Summitt, Wilma Rudolph, and the troops who serve at Fort Campbell, are what propels our city forward while honoring our past. (Read about these are other impressive Clarksville Connections here.)

Established in 1784 at the juncture of the Cumberland and Red Rivers, Clarksville is one of the state's oldest cities. Today, a fully-developed RiverWalk begins at this intersection and tells Clarksville’s story from that historic point. And, it’s the best place around to witness a jaw-dropping river sunset! 

A short drive northwest of Nashville along I-24, Clarksville is an easy drive for a fun-filled weekend getaway.  We're also one of the state's youngest cities with a median age of 30. In Clarksville, this blending of heritage and hipster yields an energy and vibrancy that you simply have to experience for yourself. 

Clarksville's History on TennesseeEncylopedia.net

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How to Plan a Clarksville Trip

Whether your ideal excursion includes adventure, education, or relaxation with great food and drink, you can make it happen in Clarksville.

  1. Click the Build Your Trip icon in the lower right of any website page. We have some themed itineraries already designed to help you start planning. Once you're in the widget, select Tours. Then, add or delete to your liking. 
  2. Download the free VisitClarksvilleTN app on Google Play on the App Store.
  3. View, download, or request a copy of our annual Travel Planner
  4. In town, stop by our Visitor Center at 180 Holiday Drive for information about local and regional destinations. It's open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Clarksville’s enviable climate makes outdoor activities pleasant year around. Residents and visitors alike enjoy golf, hiking, fishing, road and trail biking, and even most watersports during all four distinctly beautiful seasons.

Anchoring Clarksville’s picturesque, historic downtown are the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center and the Roxy Regional Theatre – both examples of fascinating architecture outside and exciting entertainment inside! Boasting more than 35,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum showcases local and regional lore, art, science and hands-on activities. The Roxy, a 1947 art deco theatre offers 10 mainstage productions each year.

Between the two landmarks, you'll find local boutiques with one-of-a-kind merchandise and a variety of dining options -- from pub pizzas, craft brews, Cajun, Greek, mouth-watering steaks and more.

Clarksville’s military history spans from the Civil War era through modern conflicts. The remarkably well-preserved Fort Defiance Park & Interpretive Center is located on a 200-foot bluff over the Cumberland. Reenactment events show life during Civil War days.

As home to the Fort Campbell Army Post, headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) you'll see patriotism, appreciation, and pride at every turn. Many soldiers choose to make their permanent homes in Clarksville after exiting the military, adding depth to our diverse culture. In fact, many of our business and restaurants are Veteran owned. In fact, we host a 4-day festival each September to celebrate, honor and remember all Veterans. Learn more at the Welcome Home Veterans Celebration website

Don't end your visit to Clarksville without indulging your taste buds. The award-winning Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Old Glory Distillery, and local breweries serve fine libations and craft brews. Ethnic restaurants galore satisfy any international craving, but you’ll also find top-notch authentic Southern fare like barbecue and catfish.

Click the Build Your Trip icon in the bottom right of any screen to begin planning your trip today!

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