Nashville Tennessee Area Guide
What's Nearby/Things To Do:
Upcoming Area Events:
- New Years Eve Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee
- Predator Games, Concerts & Free Music, Nashville, Tennessee
- Oktoberfest Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee, October 6-9, 2023
- Veterans Day, Nashville, Tennessee, November 11, 2023
- Thanksgiving/Black Friday Specials, Nashville, Tennessee, November 23-25, 2023
Area attractions: (click on name for websites and info)
- Grand Ole Opry - Don't miss the world famous Grand Old Opry bringing America country music for more than 80 years, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (4 miles)
- "The Hermitage" Home of President Andrew Jackson- 7 miles
- Opry Mills Mall - 4 miles
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - 7 miles
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the heart of downtown Nashville's entertainment district
- The Ryman Auditorium (8 miles)
- American Pickers American Archaeology- 8.3 miles
- Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum (4 miles) World famous wax museum
- Two Rivers Park- 374 acre scenic park only 3 miles from our Hotel with Bike rental,Greenway Trails for Hiking, Disc Golf, Skate Park and family fun. Next to Wave Country water park (seasonal)
- The Parthenon The world's only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple -(8 miles)
- TOP Golf - Entertainment and golf venue ( 7 miles)
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art (15 miles)
Belle Meade Plantation - Known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations" (13 miles)
- General Jackson Showboat (4 miles)
- Nashville Zoo at Grassmere (8 miles)
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts World Class Art exhibitions (8 miles)
- Wildhorse Saloon (7 miles)
- Tennessee Titans Stadium (8 miles )
- Nashville Predators (8 miles games played at Bridgestone Arena)
- Bluebird Cafe World famous for presenting writers who pen Nashville hits (11 miles)
- Belmont Mansion (Sightseeing Tours & Tickets available from our lobby) (8 miles)
- Nashville Shores - seasonal water park, (6 miles)
- Wave Country Water Park-(seasonal water park, wave pool, slides and more) (2 miles)
- Bridgestone Arena - home to the Nashville Predators, and all purpose venue for concerts, meetings, etc.-downtown Nashville
- Music City Center- exhibits and events-downtown Nashville
- Tennessee State Fairgrounds Flea Market 7 miles
- Hermitage Golf Course (8 miles)
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Top Broadway performances-8 miles)
- Nashville Ballet- all new performances (8 miles)
- Nashville Municipal Auditorium arena for concerts, sporting events, ice shows, evangelical crusades, trade shows, etc. (8 miles)
- Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (8 miles) downtown Nashville
PLAN YOUR STAY... Two Days in Nashville
Music City is well known for its toe-tapping performances, so we've included plenty of time for line dancing and live shows on Lower Broadway in this Nashville guide. But, there are also options for museum hopping, shopping and sampling all the Southern comfort foods.
Honky-tonks, country legends, history and culture, mural art — it's all a part of this 2 day Nashville Sample itinerary.
Day 1 — Downtown Nashville Music and MuseumsThis 2 days in Nashville itinerary starts in the heart of the city, with Broadway Historic District, live shows and the best Nashville music attractions.
Old Town Trolley Tour (click on link for Trolley Info) trolleytours.com nashville
One of the best ways to start a 2 day Nashville itinerary is with a tour of the historic downtown. Country music aficionados, especially, will love all the behind-the-scenes info about the legendary venues and performers of Music City. Guides will take you around to RCA Studio B, the Ryman Auditorium, Music Row, and other famed haunts.
Many tours are offered by bus, or trolley but you can also get around by segway, golf cart, helicopter and more!
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Tour the Ryman: (click on link for Ryman info) http://www.ryman.comVisiting the Ryman Auditorium is a must on your first trip to Nashville, especially for country music fans. Called the Mother Church of Country Music, the venue hosted the Grand Ole Opry for about 30 years starting in the 1940s. You can book behind the scenes tickets to see the famous stage and picture what it would be like to stand in the spotlight.
Museum VisitNashville has a ton of incredible museums downtown, and an afternoon indoors is a great way to escape the summer heat. Music fans can pick from options like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the National Museum of African American Music, or niche spots dedicated to performers, like the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum.
History buffs might prefer to walk around the Tennessee State Museum to learn about the first peoples and early settlers. The 1859 Tennessee State Capitol and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park are nearby.
For art and culture, head to the Frist Art Museum, which has touring exhibits and an interactive gallery in an old post office on the National Register of Historic Places. The Nashville Parthenon Museum has 19th- and 20th-century paintings from American artists. The city is also known for its murals, so hunting for street art is another fun way to soak up the culture on a Nashville 2 day itinerary.
Honky Tonk Highway:The most popular downtown zone is the section of Lower Broadway known as Honky Tonk Highway, and if you've come to Nashville for live music or nightlife, this is where you'll want to hang out in the evening. The stages, bars and dance floors actually come to life by late morning, so you can visit early in the day or join the honky-tonk reveling until the wee hours at famous joints like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
Day 2 — Nashville Neighborhoods, Parks and the Grand Ole Opry
Whether you've stayed up late partying or are ready for an early start, the second day of your Nashville itinerary is a bit more laid back. But, you can always squeeze in another museum from yesterday if that's more your speed.
12 South:The 12 South neighborhood near Belmont University is a great spot to start day two with a coffee from Frothy Monkey and 100-layer donuts from Five Daughters Bakery. Most of the chic boutiques and shops along the walkable zone don't open until 10 or 11 a.m., but if you're early you can hunt for a handful of colorful murals that adorn exterior walls. Head to the alley outside the Draper James store for a blue and white striped wall and the I believe in Nashville sign, behind Frothy Monkey for a Nashville looks good on you mural, and just past the intersection with Paris Avenue for a wall full of flowers.
Nashville Parthenon and Centennial Park
Head over to the Nashville Parthenon to see a same-sized replica of the historic Athens temple, originally built in the 1890s as a part of the Tennessee Centennial Celebration. A museum inside has a 42-foot gilded replica of the statue of Athena as well as a collection of American art. The surrounding urban park is a great spot for some outdoor time with a lake and walking paths.
Music Valley and the Grand Ole Opry House
You'll want to carve out at least a couple of hours for the Music Valley, an area 10 miles from downtown where you'll find the Grand Ole Opry House, and Opry Mills Mall.
Next door, the Grand Ole Opry House hosts the famous country music broadcast and offers backstage tours. If you're spending the weekend in Nashville, you might be able to score tickets to a performance for the evening.
Evening EventFor your final night in Nashville, you can either head back to the Honky Tonk Highway for live music or grab tickets to a performance at the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman. If it's NFL or NHL season, you could even try to catch the Tennessee Titans or Nashville Predators for a home game.
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Getting to Nashville
Nashville International Airport (BNA) is 10 miles east of downtown and connects non-stop to about 75 destinations. From there, you can use the WeGo Public Transit bus service to get down, grab a taxi or Uber, or rent a car from several on-site brands.
If you're arriving on a road trip, three major interstates pass through the city — the north-south I-65, east-west I-40, and northwest-southeast I-24.
Best Time to Visit Nashville
Nashville has mild seasons, with highs averaging around 90 in summer and lows dipping just below freezing in winter. Spring gets the most precipitation, but it rains in every season.
Fall is our favorite season for the lowest rain chances, comfortable temps for walking around, and changing leaves in the parks.
Nashville is a great year-round destination though, with fun concerts, sporting events, festivals and more every month.