Traveling to Nashville for a long weekend? Maybe a week out with friends or family? Check out my travel guide to help you make the most of your time in Music City! There are so many things to do in Nashville, I suggest prioritizing your wish list prior to arrival. At the top of your list should be MUSIC!
LET THE MUSIC PLAY!
The Grand Ole Opry and Ryman auditorium are must sees. If your schedule allows, you will not be disappointed! Both venues offer tours whether there is a show or not. The Opryland Resort Hotel hosts a beautiful indoor 4.5-acre Delta Atrium and is home to a quarter-mile-long indoor river with flatboats with soaring twin waterfalls. They also have a gift shop for picking up a Nashville souvenirs. The Bridgestone Arena is home to many concert events and the Nashville Predators. There is live music playing at many places in the downtown area as well as the surrounding areas. If you are looking for live music (and not just country) you are in the right place! Check out the links for event listings.
I think a songwriters venue is a must. You never know when you might hear the next big artist to hit the radio waves, but more importantly getting to hear the stories behind the songs will create some great memories during your Nashville experience. The Bluebird Cafe is located in a small nondescript strip mall in the Garden Hills neighborhood (it is not located on Lower Broadway). This iconic venue is great place to see songwriters. 3rd and Lindsley is located just off Lower Broadway and hosts a variety of music genres. The Listening Room is located at 618 4th Ave South and hosts a wide variety of songwriters and artists. City Winery is a newcomer on the Nashville scene and hosts a wide variety of events (and wine). Check out the variety of other free music venues here.
Monell's at 1235 6th Ave. North in the Germantown neighborhood is AMAZING!! Southern style dining, large tables, you'll get to meet new people you're seated with :) about $25 a plate but you will not need to eat the rest of the day! Demo's downtown at 300 Commerce Street remains one of my favorites. Pasta, seafood, steaks and VERY reasonably priced. I also like ACME Feed & Seed, it is on Lower Broadway and if you don't eat there give it a walk through and check out all the levels. Great country art and memorabilia throughout and the view from the top floor is awesome! There is a bar on the top floor and if the weather is good you can sit outside and look over downtown Nashville. There are lots of great places to eat in Nashville, check out some others here.
Let's not forget what made Nashville famous, Lower Broadway Honkytonks! Music begins early in the day and continues late into the night! There is SO much talent in these venues you can't go wrong with any of them. You will want to go into the famous Tootsie's. Another one of my favorites is Legends Corner, there is always music playing that will start your day right! 2nd Fiddle, Roberts Western World (you can get a fried bologna sandwich here!) and Whiskey Bent Saloon are all located in about a 6 block radius downtown. Plan on walking Lower Broadway and checking out as many as you can! Also, the Wildhorse Saloon is located just off Lower Broadway on 2nd Ave. N. in case you want to get your line dancing on!
OTHER SIGHTS AND SOUNDS
The Country Music Hall of Fame is interesting if you are interested in music history, check their website for artist signings/ performances. The Omni Hotel houses a print shop for Hatch prints and you can watch them printing. It also houses a great coffee shop, Bongo Java :)
GETTING AROUND NASHVILLE
Nashville is very easy to navigate, the traffic can however be very crazy during certain times of the day. Walking downtown Nashville is the best way to get around to all the sights. Regarding parking, often times there is metered street parking available. There are also several parking garages that you can park in, they will however; be a bit expensive. If you are in need of transportation a taxi or uber is your best bet.
Check out the above links on the dates you will be in Nashville and then, let Nashville come to you, Nashville never disappoints :)