Nashville, Tennessee is the mecca of American Country Music. Besides the incredible music scene, the city is full of many other attractions worth a visit. Nashville has vibrant culture, fabulous local cuisine, great shopping, and exciting nightlife. Read on and discover these reasons to put Nashville on your travel list this year.
10 Reasons To Visit Nashville
The Incredible Music Scene
In Nashville locals and visitors know there is always live music to enjoy on the famed Music Row. Event venueThe High Watt features the best in arts and entertainment. Here you can take a tour of RCA Studio B, where the world famous ‘Nashville sound’ was invented. At this exciting music hub, you can browse the many memorabilia shops devoted to music and grab some great food such as scrumptious barbeque at Caney Fork River Valley Grille.
Hang Out at Pinewood Social
Locals and tourist love spending time at Pinewood Social. This center of fun includes bowling, great eats including brunch, and a little spirit or two. This popular social club is accepting reservations for dining, bowling, and the living room online.
Celebrity Sightings Are Abundant
Many musicians and other celebrities choose to live in Nashville due to its peacefulness and privacy. The many celebrities that have homes here include Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, and former local Reese Witherspoon. These VIPs can be seen running errands, shopping in the mall, or dining at a restaurant and blending in perfectly with the residents.
The Fantastic Art & Culture Scene
Nashville is full of museums, art galleries and event venues. Learn all about the genesis of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The curious can see the state’s history at the Tennessee State Museum. Art lovers should stop by Zeitgeist, one of the leading galleries in the city. The downtown Nashville neighborhood also has many exciting cultural events occurring year round.
See The Home of President Andrew Jackson
Come and explore the historic mansion and grounds of our seventh president. At Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, guests can take a guided tours, themed events, wagon rides and explore the picturesque grounds. At this site, visitors can also experience a wine tasting with Natchez Hills Winery.
Shopping in Wonderful Marathon Village
Shopaholics will have to visit Marathon Village while in Nashville. The neighborhood is full of unique shops such as Music City Creative, Nashville Olive Oil Company LLC, and Southern gift shop Market Street Mercantile, plus many more. While on a break from shopping you can grab a bite at Southern Engine Deli or indulge your sweet tooth at Bang Candy Company.
Experience Nashville Nightlife at a Local Honky Tonk
If you want to have the authentic Nashville experience, visit local favorite Robert’s Western World. This honky tonk is considered ‘Nashville’s Home of Traditional Country Music’ and has live music seven days a week until 3 AM. Guests can enjoy a beer and a fried bologna sandwich while they listen to the music.
Visit Nashville’s Parthenon
One of the most iconic landmarks in Nashville is the reproduction of the Greek Parthenon which is also an art museum. Inside you can view the city’s permanent art collection consisting of works by 19th and 20th century American artists such as James Cowan. Guided tours of The Parthenon are available by reservation only.
The Fabulous Food
Nashville is famous for its distinctive local food. In East Nashville, try the local favorite hot chicken at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. For a sweet treat, try some mouthwatering Goo Goo Clusters from the Goo Goo Shop located in downtown. Other local fare includes biscuits from Loveless Café, signature Tennessee whisky from Husk, and a hearty serving of Meat & Three from Arnold’s Country Kitchen, plus many more.
The Grand Ole Opry
A visit to Nashville would not be complete without seeing the Grand Ole Opry. At this marvelous place, you can see country music stars perform live, and take an exciting backstage tour of the venue. Guests can stay at the outstanding Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is considered a destination all on its own.
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