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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

#1
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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Jack Daniel's Distillery

Jack Daniel's Distillery

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Go behind the distilling scenes at the oldest registered distillery in the United States: Jack Daniel’s, founded in 1863 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Learn the history behind the distillery that’s emblematic of Southern culture and find out how the legendary old No. 7 whiskey is made at the source.More
#5
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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Johnny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash Museum

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Despite its small size, the Johnny Cash Museum manages to hold one of the world’s largest collections of Johnny Cash artifacts. Bill Miller, one of Cash’s closest friends, gathered and cataloged the country music superstar’s memorabilia for decades, resulting in this popular Nashville attraction and Cash-fan pilgrimage site.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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Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

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Nashville is known for its eclectic music scene, live entertainment, and commitment to country. Nowhere is this more evident than at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. This Nashville institution has been a part of this dynamic city since the 1960s and boasts three stages that host live music performances.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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nashville

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Kristi was an excellent...
Hannah_L, Jan 2022
Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour
Her local Nashville perspective was a fun way to see the city!
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Excellent guide and tour
Stacy_H, Jan 2022
Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing Tour
Very informative with recommendations to things to see while visiting and to also get a taste of Nashville.
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Adam was a great guide...
William_M, Jan 2022
Nashville Pub Crawl Golf Game by Golf Cart
Got to see all ends of Nashville and probably a few places we would have missed.
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A taste of Nashville
Chris_G, Jan 2022
Private Small Group Nashville Food & Sightseeing Tour
We enjoyed getting to see Nashville, hear some history, and behind the scenes stories.
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Excellent tour
Dena_O, Dec 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
This tour showed us all the spots we wanted to see in a short time.
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Great way to see Nashville!
Kristin_H, Dec 2021
Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
It was a great way to see the murals, lots of areas around downtown and learn about the history of Nashville!
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This tour was great! We...
Brianna_P, Dec 2021
Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
We got to see many different areas of Nashville with a very knowledgeable guide!
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We really enjoyed our...
Beth_B, Dec 2021
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
It was a fun way to see the city!
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Fun Tour
Cindy_P, Dec 2021
Nashville "Homes Of The Stars" Narrated Bus Tour with 30+ Celebrity Homes
It was very informative, and fun to see that the celebrities drive the same vehicles we do, and decorate for Christmas the same as we do.
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Fun for a teenager
Rachel_R, Dec 2021
Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing Tour
We learned historical facts about Nashville and fun places to visit!
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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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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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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.

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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