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Welcome to Nashville

Nashville may sound like twangy country music and smell like barbecue, but this Tennessee city is swinging past stereotypes and fast becoming the hipster-hub of the South. Think street art, coffee shops, craft breweries, farm-to-fork dining, and of course, plenty of live music (not limited to country)—all happening along the banks of the Cumberland River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Come for the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of its counterpart in Athens, and stay for literally everything else.

Top 10 attractions in Nashville

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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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From Elvis Presley to Dolly Parton, Nashville's stars have earned the city its title as “Music City,” and you can dive into that history and culture at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn about the best of this classic American music genre with historic video clips, recorded music, and a menu of live performances and public programs.More
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Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville

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Music City’s lively downtown doesn’t disappoint. Nashville’s entertainment hub is home to a who’s who of restaurants, hotels, and cultural hot spots, including the Frist Art Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. After dark, live music takes over the bars of Honky Tonk Highway.More
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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

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Known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Ryman Auditorium helped transform Nashville into a legendary music destination. Since 1892, the venue has hosted notable stars such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and Minnie Pearl. Today, visitors can tour the 2,362-seat auditorium, visit the museum, or catch a live show.More
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Nashville Riverfront Park

Nashville Riverfront Park

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Nashville’s Riverfront Park was built in the early 1980s on the site where the area’s first settlers founded the city back in 1780. Today the sprawling green enclave on the banks of the Cumberland River is home to several attractions, including Fort Nashborough, Bicentennial Park, and the Ascend Amphitheater.More
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Frist Art Museum

Frist Art Museum

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Lavish cream and green marble floors and wall paneling, high ceilings with and cast iron doors surround guests with the art deco charm of the Nashville’s original post office completed in 1934. The historically significant building kept its original charm through a public/private partnership-driven revamp into the non-profit Frist Art Museum in 2001. The space now holds art exhibitions, interactive art workshops as well as a gift shop and café.The Frist is a different kind of museum that does not have permanent collections. Instead, it sources a host of themed exhibits that roll through every six to eight weeks. Traveling national and international shows including classical pieces by Michelangelo and Monet have hung on Frist walls, as have collections of American folk art, modern photography, European classical works from the age of exploration and even an exhibit deconstructing Italian sports car design. The building’s 24,000 square feet of gallery space includes 30 interactive stations on the upper level for kids and families to get creative and make their own stop motion animation, printmaking, watercolor painting, etching, sculpture creation and more—some of these stations also rotate to match visiting exhibits. In the summer, Frist Fridays bring bands—also often tied to exhibit themes—to jam at the museum, and live music features year-round on Thursdays and Fridays in the Grand Lobby or café. Be sure to check what’s on before stopping by—it’s a new experience every time.More
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Music Row

Music Row

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No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to Music Row. This is the home of the country music industry, with a slew of record labels, radio stations, and recording studios working side-by-side. There are also live venues on or near Music Row, to check out established artists as well as up-and-comers looking to break through.More
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Centennial Park

Centennial Park

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Like New York’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the lush green landscape of Nashville’s Centennial Park provides welcome refuge from congestion, crowds, and bustling city life. The most notable, and possibly most out-of-place, feature of Centennial Park is its impressive Parthenon replica.More
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Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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The Tennessee State Capitol stands tall on Nashville’s highest hill as a symbol of its time, virtually unchanged since its construction in 1859. The structure is the masterpiece of notable architect William Strickland, who passed away during construction and was laid to rest in the building. The National Historic Landmark was built in Greek Revival style and is one of few state capitols without a dome. It was modeled after an Ionic Greek temple. Though classic in design, at the time it was considered innovative in construction.The capitol building is beautiful to see and historic to visit, with statues of many important political figures as well as the graves of President James K. Polk and his wife. Its walls are lined with beautiful murals, frescoes, and paintings, while its halls are lit by ornate chandeliers. It is still in use by the Tennessee state government today. It is the oldest operating state capitol in the country.More
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Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery

Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery

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At Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, you can experience a sanctuary of Southern hospitality. Located just west of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, this historic site now functions as a museum and is a popular food and wine destination.First occupied in 1807 and continually expanded throughout the 19th century, Belle Meade became world renowned as a first-rate thoroughbred horse-breeding establishment. Though a variety of tours and experiences are offered, the history of Belle Meade is covered in two tours: The Mansion Tour tells a century of Belle Meade’s history through the eyes of the Harding and Jackson families as well as the women, men, and children who labored here and contributed to the preeminence of this site. The Journey to Jubilee Tour, invites discussion and focuses on the enslaved individuals, telling their story both before and after emancipation. Book your tour online to guarantee entry.More
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Grand Ole Opry House

Grand Ole Opry House

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The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio broadcast in 1925 and is now a world-renowned stage show in Nashville, Tennessee, where hundreds of stars have begun their careers. It’s the longest-running radio show in the US, showcasing the genres of country, bluegrass, folk, comedy, and gospel both live and on the radio. Unlike a typical concert, the Grand Ole Opry presents six or more artists during each show, giving the audience a variety of great music to enjoy at one event. Superstars who have performed here include Patsy Cline, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, and Carrie Underwood.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

Top activities in Nashville

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Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Skip-The-Line Graceland VIP Tour & Sun Studio
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Grand Ole Opry Show Admission Ticket

Grand Ole Opry Show Admission Ticket

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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
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Nashville "Homes Of The Stars" Narrated Bus Tour with 30+ Celebrity Homes
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Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

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First time to Nashville
Kathy_K, Feb. 2021
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
If you haven’t been to Nashville before, it’s a good way to see parts of the city you wouldn’t know to visit.
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Great Experience
Shamika_P, Feb. 2021
Belle Meade Guided Mansion Tour with Complimentary Wine Tasting
I would Definitely recommend this place to others to visit when they’re in Nashville.
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Best one yet
Taylor_W, Jan. 2021
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Admission
So it was really neat to be able to see the history and the outfits our favorite artist wore.
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joyride makes my day
Gina_L, Jan. 2021
Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
by far the best way to get to see Nashville.
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BEST EXPERIENCE IN NASHVILLE
Vanessa_H, Jan. 2021
Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)
The service was outstanding, we will come back in the summer.
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Get Ideas for Nashville places to visit
Stacey_P, Dec. 2020
Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus
The tour guide was knowledgeable, and even with a major road shut down, the tour company made it a great experience, and we got ideas about what to see throughout the rest of our week in Nashville.
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Awesome Tour!!
Soraya_F, Dec. 2020
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Love Nashville and the tour is a great way to see everything!!!
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A great tour
Amy_P, Dec. 2020
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Got to see so much of Nashville in one tour
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Would do over and over
Matthew_K, Dec. 2020
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
Glad to see everyone helping out and being great neighbors.
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Nashville at night!
Janniece_H, Dec. 2020
Nashville's #1 All-Inclusive Pub Crawl with Moonshine, Cocktails, and Craft Beer
A great way to see the city and nightlife of Nashville.
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Great way to get an overview of Nashville
Sylvia, Dec. 2020
Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus
Cory our guide was very knowledgeable about the venues we saw , good recommendations for where to eat and what to do after the tour We made our tour in December and were given good advice about where to go to see the best Christmas lights.
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homes
john_a, Dec. 2020
Nashville "Homes Of The Stars" Narrated Bus Tour with 30+ Celebrity Homes
It was neat to see the celebrity homes and the tour guide gave good information along the way.
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Fun & relaxing!
Stephanie_G, Dec. 2020
Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville
This was such a fun & relaxing way to see Nashville!
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Fun experience
Michelle_W, Nov. 2020
Nashville Evening Trolley Tour
I would do this tour at the beginning of your vacation because it gives you some great ideas of things to see and do while you are in Nashville.
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A great Nashville treat
George_B, Nov. 2020
Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville
Loved to see people having fun.
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Donna_A, Oct. 2020
Grand Ole Opry House Guided Backstage Tour
Would love to see a show there.
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Homes of the Stars
Tom_Y, Oct. 2020
Nashville "Homes Of The Stars" Narrated Bus Tour with 30+ Celebrity Homes
It was interesting to see the various areas in Nashville where the stars live.
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Fun, unique, beautiful and impressive.
Patricia_B, Dec. 2020
Nashville to Jack Daniel's Distillery Bus Tour with Tastings
It was lovely to see the countryside outside of Nashville and the small town of Lynchburg was adorable and quaint.
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Highly recommended to understand why Nashville became what it is today
JimStem, Nov. 2020
Nashville's RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket Combo
I never had the chance to see Studio B before, so it was super special to visit with my aunt (his widow) the day before and then visit Studio B.
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Must-Do Excursion for Whiskey Lovers
Johannah_W, Sep. 2020
Nashville to Jack Daniel's Distillery Bus Tour with Tastings
This option was perfect for a couples getaway vacation in which we were able to visit Lynchburg and have a date night in Nashville the same day.

All about Nashville

When to visit

After cold, snowy winters, locals and visitors alike look forward to warmer weather. Spring, particularly April, is packed full of festivals, including the Cherry Blossom Festival, Wild West Comedy Festival, and Nashville Film Festival. While summer brings higher temperatures and a bit of humidity, it’s still a great time to get in on the outdoor music scene, especially at Ascend Amphitheater or Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater.

Getting around

Nashville’s MTA bus system can get you around, but it’s slow, so renting a car makes the most sense for quickly traveling around the car-friendly city. Bike rentals and walking are another alternative, and ride-sharing apps are essential if you forgo a rental. Also, if you're staying at a hotel, check to see if they offer a shuttle service to or from the airport before shelling out the cash for a taxi.

Traveler tips

The Johnny Cash Museum is about a 3-minute walk from Paradise Park Trailer Resort, a trailer park–themed bar where a Doublewide Cheeseburger gets you two 1/3-pound beef patties on a bun with a side of tater tots or sweet potato fries. If you’re more of a daredevil, try Nashville’s original hot chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack at one of the two locations: 123 Ewing Drive or 5814 Nolensville Road.

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