Sightseeing in Nashville

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Sightseeing in Nashville

Music

Grand Ole Opry – With so much history under one roof the Grand Ole Opry is a must go for any country music lover. They offer multiple tours for you to choose from for an experience like no other. Take a basic tour and walk in the footsteps of some of country music’s greatest performers or get full access with a VIP tour to soak up the energy and environment of a live performance with a backstage perspective. What better way to spend a Friday night than grabbing some tickets and enjoying a concert at the one and only Grand Ole Opry. Grand Ole Opry

Gaylord Opryland Resort– Talk about a city within the walls, Gaylord Opryland is a must do experience for everyone. You will find botanical gardens, live entertainment, boat rides, multiple dining options and a soon to open water park all under one roof. With all the perks of a Vegas resort (minus the gambling, of course) you will find everything you need under one roof. Gaylord Opryland


Ryman Auditorium – Formerly known as the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium is a Nashville staple as far as country music history goes. You can take a self guided tour or a guided backstage tour and learn all about Opry history. Want to experience it for yourself? Purchase some tickets and enjoy a modern day concert in this famous auditorium. Ryman

Country Music Hall of Fame – Dive into rich, detailed country music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville. Stroll the halls of exhibits full of unique memorabilia that built the country music empire we know today. With a seemingly never ending amount of engaging displays you will discover new things about the people who built country and those who are carrying the torch of today’s modern country music.While there you can also join a tour, find more than a few places to eat and shop. CMHOF


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RCA Studio B – Tour the historic RCA Studio B where Elvis himself recorded. This famous little studio helped establish Nashville as an international recording center. Among the famous musicians who also recorded there are Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and Willy Nelson. Studio B

Johnny Cash Museum – Located just off Broadway, this museum will familiarize you with the history of Johnny Cash and his impact on country music. With displays of memorabilia from guitars to motorcycles you will leave knowing the man and the legend that is Johnny Cash. JC Museum

 


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Food

Hattie B’s Chicken – Authentic Nashville Hot Chicken done right. Hattie B’s Chicken is somewhat of a Nashville legend. Be prepared to wait in line for this one but it’s well worth the wait. http://hattieb.com/

Biscuit Love – Love biscuits? This is the place you want to be. Everything here served between 2 delicious pieces of bread with a gourmet spin. Biscuit Love

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant – A historic Nashville favorite Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant opened in the 1950s in downtown Nashville. Catch some live music while enjoying some great Southern food.  Puckett’s

 



Historic

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage – A plantation and museum you can tour located on property once owned by President Andrew Jackson. Tours are available for those of you big history buffs but you can also do a self guided tour of the various exhibits. Fun fact: Andrew Jackson’s tomb is located on the grounds. The Hermitage

Belle Meade Plantation – Cabins, stables, a winery and more is located on this mansion’s property  The estate itself has a long, fascinating history (that I will let you discover for yourself!) you can become familiar with through one of the many tours they offer. Belle Meade

The Lotz and Carter Houses – One of my favorites, these homes withstood one of the most epic and intense battles of the Civil War. You will still see damage done to these structures, blood stains on property and be utterly engaged with the tour guides as they tell you stories from long ago. Lotz House You can find a more detailed review of the Lotz House here: The Lotz House



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Belmont Mansion – Belmont Mansion is a historic home with plenty of Nashville history to share. This Italian Villa inspired house is the largest home museum in Tennessee and one of the few that’s history is centered around a woman. The architecture itself is a sight to see with details and elegance you won’t soon forget. Belmont Mansion

Downtown Franklin – This is a bit of a drive from downtown Nashville (maybe 20-30 minutes) but well worth it! Named after Benjamin Franklin, this area is a staple for Nashville history. Downtown Franklin is charming, yet modern. Full of Civil War history, buildings established as early as 1799, modern shops, restaurants and churches so beautiful you won’t want to leave. Downton Franklin

 

Touristy

Broadway – This is the main street in downtown Nashville with major bars, shopping, dancing and food. I promise you, go anytime of a day and you will see live music and an atmosphere that is energetic and bustling. Find historic bars (such as Tootsies) or new ones owned by famous country music singers (Blake Shelton’s Ole Red bar) with great drink and food options. Buy a pair of boots, tour a museum or hang out by the Cumberland River.

The General Jackson Showboat – Enjoy a live show and dinner as this lively boat rolls down the Cumberland River. General Jackson

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – A historic honky tonk in Nashville that should be on the bucket list of every bar lover. Grab a drink, enjoy some live music (sometimes you’ll even find a surprise guest pop in, such as Garth Brooks for a free show!) and food with a great view of Broadway. Tootsies

Bluebird Cafe – A notable bar seen in popular pop culture, such as the ABC hit show Nashville, the Bluebird Cafe is one of the most visited bars on Broadway bringing in over 70,000 visitors a year. With food, drinks and an intimate atmosphere to enjoy some live music in it’s easy to see why this bar is so loved. Bluebird Cafe

Horse Drawn Carriage Ride Through Downtown – A horse drawn carriage ride by a cowboy around Broadway, few things are more southern than that. Southern Comfort is the carriage ride we took and they were fantastic! You tour most of downtown and hear the history of various buildings and the role they had in making Broadway what it is today. I suggest you do this before walking down Broadway so you have a better understanding of the area. Southern Comfort Carriage Rides

Food Tour – When all else fails the best way to get to know a city is through the food! I mean, lets be honest, you really have no idea where you are until you taste it. Walk Eat Nashville



Parks

Centennial Park & The Parthenon – This is a full scale replica of the authentic Parthenon located in Greece. Originally built as a temporary structure to celebrate Tennessee’s Centennial anniversary, it became a permanent structure in the early 1900’s. Today, it serves as Nashville’s art museum with some permanent exhibits and a variety of revolving ones. Step outside and take the time to enjoy the massive Centennial Park complete with a playground, lake, historic statues and a train. The Parthenon

Radnor Lake State Park – A 1300+ acre park with amazing views and a gorgeous lake that makes for some beautiful pictures. Hike one of the many trails, canoe and take in all the amazing wildlife native to Tennessee. Radnor State Park

 

Nashville in one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever been to. There is so much to see and do for every type of personality out there. Keep in mind you can always see what special events are going on: concerts, sports games, museum displays etc. Nashville has grown to be a hot spot for various events and traveling exhibits which makes it a constant city of excitement. Drop a comment below and share with us your favorite things about Nashville!

6 thoughts on “Sightseeing in Nashville

  1. since i am a listener of country music, i think the only place in the US that interests me (so far) is tennessee as i want to go to the grand ole opry. so, thank you so much for this! 😀

    1. You would love Tennessee Marya! There’s so much to fall in love with, especially if you’re a fan of country music. I hope you get to go one day!

  2. Nashville is at the top of the places I want to go in the US, but I’m never sure what I actually want to do there (other than eat). Lots of good recommendations here that I would have never considered.

    1. LOL! Well eating in the South is definitely an experience all on it’s own. There’s so many treasures here in Nashville that I’m sure you would love Ryan.

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