Music and more: Top Nashville Attractions

Although Nashville, Tennessee is affectionately known as Music City, USA, music isn’t all this vibrant southern city has to offer.  Nashville truly boasts something for everyone!  Check out some of these top attractions and experience Nashville to the fullest!  

Music Lovers: A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the musical culture that has shaped the city so dramatically.  Tour Ryman Auditorium, the cultural hub of the city, and see why this historic building is often referred to as “The Carnegie Hall of the South.”  Visit The Country Music Hall of Fame and Historic RCA Studio B to learn about the history of country music and the Nashville music industry. The Grand Ole Opry, “Country’s Most Famous Stage,” is a great place to catch a concert and the famous honky tonks of Broadway provide endless live music venues for a night on the town.  Hard-core country music fans should visit during the Country Music Festival or Country Music Awards when all the stars are in town! 

Outdoor Enthusiasts: Nashville boasts 108 parks and 19 greenways, so there are ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors!  Hiking, biking, golf, disc golf, swimming, camping, horseback riding, and a variety of other outdoor activities are available at parks throughout the city.  Don’t miss Centennial Park, located just minutes from downtown Nashville. Centennial Park is home to the Parthenon, a truly impressive full-size replica of the original Athenian structure.  In addition to the city parks, Radnor Lake State Park is a perfect spot for viewing wildlife and taking in the beauty of Middle Tennessee.  Although not technically outdoors, the elaborate gardens of the Opryland Hotel are absolutely breathtaking and admission is free.    

Foodies: Nashville has hundreds of wonderful restaurants, but be sure to check out some of these local favorites! The Pancake Pantry is Nashville’s best breakfast spot, but be prepared to wait in line!  Noshville DeliThe Pharmacy, and Loveless Cafe all offer unique dining experiences and quality meals.  If spicy food is your thing, make plans to visit Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and try a Nashville specialty!

History Buffs: The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, offers visitors a glimpse of the past with over 1,000 acres of preserved buildings and grounds to explore.  Belle Meade Plantation is another popular destination for tourists interested in learning more about life on a southern plantation.  Tours of the plantation also include a wine tasting.  

Sports Fans: Nashville is home to two professional sports teams, the Predators (NHL) and the Titans (NFL).  The city is also home to the Sounds, a minor league baseball team.  There are also countless opportunities for attending Division I collegiate sporting events at Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Tennessee State University.  

Visit the city known for music and more!  Make Nashville your next vacation destination! 


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