Combining the welcoming spirit of Southern hospitality, the fun-loving lyrics of some of country music’s greatest hits, and a cornucopia of cuisine including barbeque and southern, Nashville serves up the perfect ingredients for a great vacation.
Why Go To Nashville
Rightly known as “Music City,” Nashville two-steps, swings, and line-dances to the sounds of country, bluegrass, folk, and rock music every day — and evening — of the week. If you like live music, Nashville will never disappoint. Whether you want to be an eyewitness to the start of a singer-songwriter’s blossoming career, attend a concert of a major recording artist, or take a timeless journey to the Ryman Auditorium to listen to the stars of the Grand Ole Opry, there is music to satisfy just about every musical taste.
In addition to the music scene, this fast-growing metropolis offers an amazing amalgamation of dining opportunities, historic homes of presidents and plantations, major league sports teams, exceptional parks and outdoor attractions, and so much more.
Visit the world’s only full-scale replica of the ancient Parthenon
What To Do
Country Music Pilgrimage
If you love country music (and even if you don’t), here are some must-dos:
- Ryman Auditorium — THE home of country music and often referred to as the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Since 1892, legendary performers have graced the stage, including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis (both Presley and Costello), and more. The Grand Ole Opry radio show is the world’s longest-running broadcast and still takes place each week. Tours are available for a fee.
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — Features an ever-changing collection of exhibits, showcasing the oldest, hottest, and best in country music.
- RCA Studio B — The classic hits of country’s biggest stars were recorded here at this famous recording studio, as well as more than 200 songs by Elvis Presley.
- Music City Walk of Fame — Much like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you can stroll down the sidewalk and look for the name of your favorite artist and their stars embedded in the sidewalk.
- Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum — Has something for everyone, as the museum honors musicians from all genres and takes you on a tour of Nashville, Detroit, and other important music cities.
- Johnny Cash Museum — Houses the most comprehensive collection of memorabilia in the world of the incredible life and career of The Man in Black.
- Patsy Cline Museum — Highlights the amazing talent and tragic end of country music’s first female superstar.
- George Jones Museum — More than just a museum, it houses four floors of fun including a restaurant, multiple bars, and a rooftop bar, with the second floor devoted to the incredible George Jones.
Located in Nashville’s Centennial Park, it is the world’s only full-scale replica of the ancient Parthenon, found in Athens, Greece.
Some of the best shopping is found southwest of downtown at The Mall at Green Hills, which features both large, major retailers and smaller, high-end brands. Another mega shopping area is Opry Mills, Tennessee’s largest outlet mall with more than 200 stores. For lovers of all things vintage, head to SoBro (south of Broadway). And if you want to look like a country music star, head to the 12South neighborhood and its collection of shops specializing in denim, hand-crafted jewelry, and accessories, or wander in and out of the shops along Lower Broadway.
From Southern fare to haute cuisine and nearly everything in between, Nashville's food scene is exceptional. Some of the best areas to search out great restaurants are Germantown for fabulous farm-to-table offerings; East Nashville for chef-driven cuisine; The Gulch for southern fare and BBQ; 12South for burger joints, taco stands, and tap rooms; and Hillsboro Village for hipster coffee shops and Bohemian breakfast spots. And be sure to make time (and room) for some of Nashville’s original hot chicken — crispy fried chicken seasoned with an enlightening blend of spices, ranging from sizzling to scorching. Hattie B’s and Prince’s are two favorites.
For an outstanding concentration of music, head to Lower Broadway, next to the Ryman Theater, and the many clubs that line the street. Many big-name stars began their careers in these clubs, and some still stop by after their gig in the area. Another fun area for music is Printers Alley, where music, merriment, and patrons flow out into the narrow alleyway. For a quieter evening, attend a “writers night” at one of the smaller clubs like The Bluebird Café, where you can listen to singer-songwriters showcase their original work.