I recently took a short trip to Nashville Tennessee for the first time. When people call Nashville the Music City they are not kidding! Downtown Nashville is filled to the brim with clubs and bars and parks with musicians at every stop. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but very quickly grows on you. There is also no shortage of BBQ in this town; if that is your thing you are in the right place. This is also one of the most popular places for Bachelorette parties. I’ve never seen so much pink in my life. If you are interested in seeing more than drunken women and bars then read on for my top attractions.
The Main Attractions
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
- Number one on the list for a reason. This place is HUGE!!! You could spend several days in here no problem. I would definitely make time to visit here. There are interactive displays, trivia, visiting spokesman, and golden records galore.
- Frist Center for Visual Arts
- My sister and I had the best time in the kid’s area! I think we were there for an hour lol. The museum itself is of good quality and not too large either. We were lucky enough to visit during a fantastic aboriginal art installation.
- Ryman Auditorium
- This was the original Grand Ole Opry. Known for its acoustics you can still enjoy a show here as well as the new Grand Ole Opry. There are tours available and I have heard you can even record a song while you’re there!
- Grand Ole Opry
- The Grand Ole Opry is the longest running radio broadcast in US history. This new and improved location has 4.400 seats! It’s a major show stopper; well actually the shows don’t stop lol. Make sure to take in a concert while you’re in town.
- The Parthenon
- This is a full scale reproduction of the Parthenon in Greece. There is a small fee to go down inside, but it is free to tour the outside and it is placed in lovely Centennial Park that does regular free concerts.
- Belle Meade Plantation
- Take a historic guided tour through a real southern plantation. Your guides will be dressed in colonial garb, enjoy seeing what life was like. If you aren’t a history buff then there is even a winery to pass the time.
- Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
- I very much enjoyed strolling through this park and would recommend it if you have extra time to kill. There is an amazing concrete map installed with a fun water feature. You can view the capitol from the amphitheater and then there is the Tennessee World War II museum.
- The Johnny Cash Museum
- This museum has the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia in the world. If you’re a fan it is a must see.
- Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge
- This is a fun walk over the river to a nearby park and General Jacksons Showboat.
- Jack Daniel Distillery
- If you appreciate a classic jack and coke then don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Jack Daniel Distillery. They have daily tours with of course the option of a tasting.
Also don’t forget to check out any special events happening while you’re there!!! There is ALWAYS something happening in Nashville
Bonus suggestion…..EAT!!!! My favorite spot was actually for breakfast. We had to wait almost an hour to get in but it was well worth it. You absolutely must make time to eat at Biscuit Love.
Some other suggestions are Olive & Sinclair (for chocolates), Etch, Capitol Grill, Silly Goose, Mad Tacos por Favor, Pharmacy, Epice, Josephine, and the Hermitage hotel supposedly has a great restaurant and bar.