Nashville is alive. Feel its pulse when you walk down the sidewalks. Fortunately, you can also hear the music almost anywhere you go.
You can also hear football fans cheering on the Tennessee Titans, visitors oohing and ahhing at The Parthenon’s grandeur or The Hermitage’s historic beauty, and plates being happily passed at Monell’s. Shopping from malls to trend-setting boutiques is found throughout the city.
In Nashville, the past and the future peacefully coexist to create a destination that appeals to the interests of every visitor. Take Belle Meade Plantation, Belmont Mansion or Travellers Rest Plantation for example. All three homes share stories from Civil War days and welcome visitors with restored beauty. Observe Union defenses as you travel along the Battle of Nashville driving tour, or stand in reverence on one of the bloodiest battlefields at Stones River. Take note of a benefit realized from the Civil Warm, Fisk University, the oldest higher learning institute in Nashville. Tour amazing artifacts at the Tennessee State Museum, then stop for lunch at the Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille, which opened in 1910.
Outdoors, Nashville holds its own. Plan a quiet reverie when you visit our first State Natural Area, Radnor Lake State Park and its 90-acre lake. Be sure to check out J. Percy Priest Lake with 14,400 acres and 265 miles of shoreline. For serious inland fun, hike the nature trails, enjoy the golf courses, explore the working organic garden and more at the 2,684 acres of forest and field of Edwin Warner Park.
Nashville is where music lives. A place where music hangs its hat and puts its feet up on the furniture. To really experience Nashville’s music history, see a show inside the Ryman and Grand Ole Opry. Visit Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, the second oldest radio show, airing after the Grand Ole Opry. Walk along Music Mile or Music Row. See Historic RCA Studio B, Music City’s only historic studio tour. Learn why they call it “Music City” at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. At night, the city comes alive! Hit up the Gulch entertainment district or the District, a vibrant part of Lower Broadway, where honky tonks and good restaurants converge. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and other honky tonks are jam-packed with people. Hear up-and-comers and renowned songwriters perform at legendary Bluebird Cafe, and see a show at famous Wildhorse Saloon. Get a seat at the Station Inn for some of the city’s best bluegrass. See why our state-of-the-art Schermerhorn Symphony Center is so popular among locals and visitors. Nashville is a place where people don’t just talk about songs and lyrics, but live them night and day.
The city is chock-full of creative arts. Appreciate world-class visual art at Frist Center for the Visual Arts. See iconic posters printed for most Ryman shows at Hatch Show Print, and take home a souvenir. Immerse yourself in landscape and sculptural art as you stroll through Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.
If you’re hungry for more, visit the Nashville Zoo, or take in the view at Bicentennial Capitol Mall Park, built to honor Tennessee’s 200th anniversary. Settle down to muse the day over a plate of comfort food at Loveless Cafe.
In a bustling city known for its music, you’ll also find creative passion on display in visual and culinary arts, historic sites, sports and outdoor beauty.