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Things to do in  Nashville

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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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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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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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 place 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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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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Grand Ole Opry House

Grand Ole Opry House

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From radio broadcast to world-renowned stage show, the Grand Ole Opry showcases genres from country and bluegrass to 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 at each event. Superstars who have performed here include Patsy Cline, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, and Carrie Underwood.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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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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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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Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion

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Belmont Mansion offers Nashville visitors the chance to experience an antebellum-era home, complete with antique furnishings and period details. Uncover Belmont’s history and learn about its owner, Adelicia Acklen—one of the wealthiest and most successful women in 19th-century Tennessee.More

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

Top activities in Nashville

Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
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Nashville’s Biggest & Wildest Party Public Tractor Tour
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

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Can't wait til next time....
Gregg_G, Nov 2021
Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
Dylan was our tour guide and was incredibly knowledgeable We learned so much while on our tour and got to visit neighborhoods within Nashville that we never would have seen if not for Dylans expertise
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Great Experience!!
Carolyn, Nov 2021
Downtown Nashville Pub Crawl Walking Tour
This is great if you want to see more of the local bars.
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fun yet informative
morgan_w, Nov 2021
Guided Sightseeing Tour of Nashville
This was such a fun, great way to see different spots around Nashville!!
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Great guide great ride!!!!
Barbara_M, Nov 2021
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
Want to do it again someday perhaps in the summer!
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Excellent! We learned about the history, geography, and economy of Nashville.
Valorie_S, Nov 2021
Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus
It was interesting to see Vanderbilt and to learn how much healthcare is here.
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Amazing tour!
Stephanie_A, Nov 2021
Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
We got to see all of Nashville, including places we would not have gotten to or even knew about.
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First Timers
Annie_H, Nov 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
The Trolley Tour was a great way for us to see everything to know where we would like to focus our time.
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Great way to see & hear...
Ann_S, Nov 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see & hear about Nashville’s areas of importance & interest!
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Let them do the driving to see the most.
Linda_L, Nov 2021
Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
Sally our driver/ guide made it as customized as she could and zipped in and out of traffic like a pro getting us to see over 40 plus murals.
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Great way to kick off our Nashville trip!
Erika_W, Nov 2021
Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour
Kurt was knowledgeable and a fun guy with great recommendations for other restaurants and sights to see while we were in town.
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Our best experience in Nashville
Donald_C, Nov 2021
Nashville VIP Style Private Tour with Local Singer/ Songwriter
Our guide Steven Whitson, sang two original songs for us and took us to the top sights in Nashville.
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Mr Matt was an amazing...
Julie_S, Oct 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods
I would recommend this tour to anyone that wants to see Nashville and it’s neighborhoods.
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Rowdy bus!!!!!
Megan_M, Oct 2021
Nashville Open Air Private Party Bus Tour
We got to see nashville the best way possible!!
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Great Tour
darouesty, Oct 2021
Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame
The tour was great and concise and we got to see the highlights of downtown Nashville!!
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Unique fun adventure
Debbie_C, Oct 2021
Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods
Beautiful way to see some very unique spots in Nashville that might be missed otherwise!
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Nunzio_P, Oct 2021
Nashville Evening Trolley Tour
We learned a great deal during the tour about the areas music history and all the cool places to visit while here.
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Fun, educational tour
ctb555, Oct 2021
Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour
Ryan was a very good tour guide and it is a great way to see the highlights of Nashville.
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Great trip
Russell_T, Oct 2021
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
Great way to see all of Nashville not just Broadway.
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Awesome Pub Crawl!
Jessica_B, Oct 2021
Nashville's #1 All-Inclusive Pub Crawl with Moonshine, Cocktails, and Craft Beer
Nashville is my new favorite place to visit, we definitely will be back.
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What a fun sunset ride
Christa_P, Oct 2021
Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)
Great way to see Nashville.

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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