9 Must-See’s You Should Not Miss When Visiting Nashville

Nashville is a city infused with all the music, barbecue, and bars you could possibly wish for.

It is a city unlike any other and packed with activities to fill an itinerary. From bar-hopping, shopping, to exploring the history of country music, here’s your list of must-do’s when visiting the capital of Tennessee.

Broadway

Broadway

Broadway In Nashville
Broadway In Nashville. Image by @broadwaynashville on Instagram

Broadway is one of the most popular stretches in downtown Nashville due to the amount of bars and entertainment it features. When strolling down the street, there is nowhere you can roam where you won’t hear live country music.

Some of the more popular bars include: Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage on Broadway, AJ’s Good Time Bar (Alan Jackson’s Bar!) and Honky Tonk Central. All of them welcome guests with live music, but who are we kidding? So do the majority of the other bars on Broadway.

On Broadway, there are numerous places to shop for records and boots. Grab a pair of cowboy boots to really immerse yourself in Nashville culture.

Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry. Image by @opry on Instagram

Founded in 1925 by George D. Hay, the Grand Ole Opry has hosted live music performances that are broadcasted over radio station, WSM Radio. Almost every popular country artist you can think of has performed here at least once, including: Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Luke Combs and more.

The Grand Ole Opry offers backstage tours where you can access dressing rooms, lounge areas, and the actual stage itself. The Opry is a bit further from downtown, and you will need to take a car to access it. Luckily, Nashville offers Uber and Lyft services if you don’t rent a car.

Ryman Auditorium

116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

The Ryman Auditorium in nashville
The Ryman Auditorium. Image by @theryman on Instagram

The Ryman is the former Grand Ole Opry, and the iconic spot where bluegrass music is said to have emerged from. After Thomas G. Ryman, a boat captain and businessman, experienced a tent revival in 1885, he was impacted so heavily that he felt the need to build the Union Gospel Tabernacle, or as it was renamed after his death: the Ryman Auditorium.

Over time, it became more so an entertainment venue in the 1920s before officially becoming the Grand Ole Opry in 1943. It was renovated in the 1990s after facing threats of demolition, and today, it is known as one of the top performing venues in Nashville.

Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum

222 Rep. John Lewis Way S, Nashville, TN 37203

Country Music Hall Of Fame in nashville
Country Music Hall Of Fame. Image by @matt_s_fitness626 on Instagram

The Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum is another checklist item that you must complete when visiting Nashville. On top of viewing the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Museum highlights different exhibits that are both educational and interesting. Different events are also hosted throughout the week that would make your visit even more special.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located conveniently just one block away from Broadway, so be sure to take advantage of the close distance.

Parthenon

2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

parthenon in nashville
Image by @dreaming_of_newyork on Instagram

The Nashville Parthenon is not only a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece; but it is also an art museum. Built in 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition, the Parthenon was designed by architect William Crawford Smith.

It had to be torn down and reconstructed, as it originally was only meant to be a temporary building. The people of Nashville, however, felt as if it represented their city that is also known as “Athens of the South,” and that the landmark should remain.

Although it is merely a replica of the real Parthenon in Greece on the outside, the interior features tours and art exhibits.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

4580 Rachels Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Image by @traveleraddicts on Instagram

This was President Andrew Jackson’s plantation from 1804 until he passed away. After Jackson returned from war as a hero, he and his wife decided to have the Hermitage Mansion built, where they were eventually buried. The Hermitage is now open to the public as a museum.

RCA Studio B

RCA Studio B
RCA Studio B. Image by @rcastudiob on Instagram

RCA Studio B is one of the most historic recording studios located in Nashville due to the amount of renowned artists who have recorded here, including: Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, and the Everly Brothers. Today, it stands as an attraction for the public to see as well as a classroom for middle and high school students.

Johnny Cash Museum

119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

johnny cash museum
Image by @cashmuseum on Instagram

Fan of the country singer or not, you cannot miss the Johnny Cash Museum located right off of Broadway. The museum is home to numerous original items that belonged to Cash, such as: his guitar, letters, costumes and much more.

The museum was opened in April 2013 by Cash’s fans-turned-friends, Bill and Shannon Miller. A large amount of Cash’s belongings were in their hands, so they decided to donate them to open up the museum in honor of their late friend. Enjoy many exhibitions, a café.

Legend’s Corner Mural

corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway

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Located on the corner of 5th Ave and Broadway, the Legend’s Corner Mural is a must-see not only for the amazing artwork, but for the perfect photo-op. It consists of a massive street art, depicting some of country music’s most famous singers: Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, and Blake Shelton.The mural was painted by Tim Davis, a well-known muralist of 25 years and has completed over 350 across the United States and Canada.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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