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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

#1
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

Top activities in Nashville

General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
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Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour, Sun Studio
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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
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Belle Meade Guided Mansion Tour with Complimentary Wine Tasting
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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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Great way to see Nashville
Kelley_M, Jul 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Many times trolleys were full so could not get on which discouraged people from getting off to explore Great way to see Nashville when unfamiliar.
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Love Nashville
MaryAnn_D, Jul 2021
Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing Tour
Really enjoyed being in a smaller group of folks to see the town.
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Highly recommend!
April_T, Jul 2021
Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (15-Minutes)
Great way to see a different perspective of Nashville.
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Great start to a Nashville trip
christine_d, Jul 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see a lot of Nashville and learn what you want to do next.
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A good time
Steven_D, Jul 2021
Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus
We’d have missed some great spots to see if we hadn’t taken the tour.
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Sallie was excellent we enjoyed the ride
Johnny_G, Jul 2021
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
Super nice way to see downtown Nashville
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Excellent Introduction to a Progressive City
Gary_P, Jul 2021
Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus
He hit all the places in town you would want to visit.
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Highly recommend
Tracy, Jul 2021
Downtown Nashville Shopping Tour by Golf Cart
A great way to see Nashville!
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Great Way To End The Trip
Leah_D, Jul 2021
Nashville at Night-Time Trolley Tour with Photo Stops
It was great to see the city at night& see parts of the city that we weren't able to visit.
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Relaxing, Fun, and Satisfies Your Taste Buds
Diana_S, Jul 2021
Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing Tour
Tasty food, fun sights to see and an overview of local history…
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Great experience!
Koreena_H, Jul 2021
Nashville at Night-Time Trolley Tour with Photo Stops
Our only wish was that we had done it closer to the beginning of our trip so then we could’ve gone to visit a few of the highlights on our own afterwards.
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Excellent tour
John_W, Jul 2021
Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour
He shared some of his favorite places to visit and eat.
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Buy if you want to see as much as possible
Lincolnlog, Jul 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Best concept to see as much of Nashville as possible in 1 day!
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Great Experience!
Amy_B, Jul 2021
Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
This was a great way to see all the highlights of Nashville in an organized and comfortable way!
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So much fun!
Jessica_N, Jul 2021
Jacked Up Monster Truck Joyride of Nashville
Great way to see the city in a different way.
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Amazing!!
Marie_H, Jun 2021
Nashville's #1 All-Inclusive Pub Crawl with Moonshine, Cocktails, and Craft Beer
Derrin is the best and this is a perfect way to see the Nashville bar scene!
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A must do experience
Jessica_V, Jun 2021
Jacked Up Monster Truck Joyride of Nashville
Amazing if you can book early evening, when weather is cooler and can get to see Nashville lit up at night!
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Would definitely recommend this tour.
Alan_P, Jun 2021
Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour
Would recommend this tour to anyone looking for things to do in Nashville.
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Amazing Tour!
Jennifer_D, Jun 2021
Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
Our tour was the best, a great way to see Nashville’s Gulch murals.
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Excellent day trip from Nashville to Memphis
Marcy_S, Jun 2021
Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour, Sun Studio
Really fun time visiting Graceland during our Nashville vacation Leave the driving to Viator - got to visit Sun Studio, Beale St and Peabody Hotel & ducks!

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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