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Published: February 2018
So Many Reasons to Visit Nashville, Tennessee  

One visit to Nashville, Tennessee, and you'll understand why the destination regularly secures a top spot on many travel lists.

With an equal blend of cosmopolitan 'tude and southern hospitality, the capital city attracts nearly every type of traveler. From its trendy neighborhoods (think The Gulch and Germantown) to eclectic restaurants (like Hattie Bs and Husk) to its robust music scene (such as Bluebird Cafe or Honky Tonk Highway) and so much more (bowling at Pinewood Social or line dancing lessons at Wild Horse Saloon), there's never a dull moment for anyone in the Music City.

As if more reasons are needed to visit Nashville, check out the following,  guaranteed to motivate you to plan a getaway.

For many, when they hear "Nashville," they think Grand Ole Opry. And for a good reason. The show, which began as the simple "WSM Barn Dance" in 1925, brought country music to the forefront and launched many careers. It was also responsible for the city's nickname of "Music City."

Today, the Grand Ole Opry is recognized as the longest-running broadcast in the nation's history and performing there is still considered the pinnacle for many musicians.

For you, go behind-the-scenes and listen to the stories on one of the three tour options offered. Extend the overall experience by purchasing tickets for a show.

Once you step in Ryman Auditorium, you know you're somewhere special.

Perhaps best known as "Mother Church of Country Music" (a nod to the Grand Ole Opry, who called the venue its home for 31 years from 1943 to 1974), Ryman Auditorium got its start as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in the late 1800s. An 11-minute multimedia introductory film provides the details -the good and the bad- on the building's 125-plus year history.

Choose either the guided or self-guided tour and soak in the atmosphere of this intimate setting. Check out the exhibits and listen to various country music stars reminisce about the Ryman. If you'd like, make a record, so you can say you, too, have performed here.

Not only will you be impressed by the size of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but also by the building’s architectural features. It isn’t every day you come across windows that are made to look like piano keys. There’s more, but you have to figure them out on your own.

Recognized as the world’s largest music museum, it showcases the history and tradition of country music through audio and video clips, costumes, interactive displays, artifacts and more. The museum houses rotating exhibits and hosts various events year round as well.

Even if you are ho-hum about country music, you’ll still appreciate visiting.

Explore the museum only, or combine it with a tour of Hatch Show Print (one of the country’s oldest working letterpress shops) and/or Studio B (city’s only historic studio tour.)


What makes both the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum stand out from others is the personal effects on display. The two separate museums focus on the individual as well as the musician.
For instance, in the Cash museum, which is said to be the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world, includes his sketches and drawings.

Over in the Cline museum, you can read her handwritten letters. Touches like these combined with the typical museum fare of costumes, instruments and related items make both Cash and Cline relatable.

Considered as one of the largest, most visited presidential homes in the country, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is a rarity being that over 90 percent of its furnishings are original to the home and the Jackson family.

The 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark features over 30 historic buildings, gardens, grounds and more, including the first Hermitage. Inside the Andrew Jackson visitors center, you’ll find exhibits highlighting his life.

There are many ways you can tour The Hermitage, including seasonal options like a wagon tour and a ghost tour.

There’s always something new to view at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. This isn’t a trite remark. The museum itself doesn’t have a permanent collection but rather displays collections pulled from galleries around the world. Many of these are curated only for Frist.

If you are visiting with young ones, don’t forget to check out Martin ArtQuest Gallery for hands-on art activities.

Located in Centennial Park, about two miles from downtown, is the world’s only exact replica of The Parthenon, complete with a 42-foot sculpture statue of Athena Parthenos inside.

Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, it now serves as the city’s art museum. The gallery features 63 pieces from 19th and 20th century American artists, and has space for temporary exhibits and shows.

Aside from being champion racehorses, what else does Seabiscuit, Funny Side and Secretariat in common? Their bloodlines can be traced back to Belle Meade Plantation.

What was once a 5,400-acre Thoroughbred horse farm is now a historic site and museum. Period-dressed docents guide you through the 1854 Greek-Revival mansion. Explore the grounds that include gardens and outbuildings. Finish up with a visit to the winery for free wine tasting.

If you want to expand your tour options, check out Belle Meade’s guided Segway tour and Battle of Nashville Tour. They also offer a wine tasting and local food pair experience.

Cheekwood, an urban oasis, is a 55-acre botanical garden and art museum on the Cheek estate. Explore the 12 distinct gardens and visit Cheek Mansion, which is now the Museum of Art. The home is thought to be one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Estate.

You can’t visit Nashville without enjoying some Loveless Cafe’s biscuits. Don’t be surprised if there’s a wait to get a table. It’s worth it. Keep yourself occupied by visiting the shops situated in the former motel rooms.

With the northern terminus yards away from Loveless Cafe, it’s easy to hop on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The 444-mile road winds through three states (Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee), and more or less follows the "Old Natchez Trace" once used by Indians, settlers and others.

 Did You Know... Goo Goo Clusters were introduced in 1912 in Nashville. Described as a "roundish mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate,” it was the world's first combination candy bar. Over 100 years later, the recipe is still the same.

Stop by the downtown store to pick up one (or two or more), and enjoy a sweet treat from the Dessert Bar featuring Goo Goo Clusters.

Worth the Drive... Less than 20 miles south of Nashville is downtown Franklin. The area is a delightful blend of historic sites, local shops boutiques and eateries. Spend an hour or day here exploring.

The following photos are courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp; Nashville skyline, Opry stage, Ryman Auditorium exterior, Country Music Hall of Fall and Museum exterior, The Hermitage, Frist Art Center and Belle Meade. The remaining photos are from personal collection.