Broadway is a street in downtown Nashville that consists of several honky tonks, places to see live music, and is probably the place you think of when going to Nashville. We wont spend so much time going over it because I'm sure you already know about it!
And if not, this is the touristy part of Nashville with an abundance of restaurants, rooftops bars, and people!
2. Walk Pedestrian Bridge
Named Pedestrian Bridge because it was only designed for pedestrians only as no cars are allowed on the bridge. It provides a nice walk over to East Nashville and a unique view of the Cumberland River. On the other side of the bridge there is much more than the Tennessee Titans football stadium.
3. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
This three hundred and fifty thousand square feet of space is solely dedicated to country music. You’ll find unusual artifacts, cars of the stars, costumes, and a permanent exhibition outlining the history of country from its roots to the present day are on display.
There are rare vocal recordings, films to watch and listen to, photos and interactive media which educate visitors on the genre.
4. Country Music Walk of Fame
Right outside the Country Music Hall of Fame is the Walk of Fame. It has plaques on the ground which allows you to take pictures by your favorite artists name. It is interesting to see who got the stars and when!
5. Johnny Cash Museum
Johnny Cash is one of the greatest country stars and singer-songwriters in the history of American music, a published author and film actor.
If you are wanting to check out memorabilia of the man in black than any other museum worldwide, including the Grammy Museum in Downtown LA.
6. Belle Meade Plantation
Belle Meade Plantation is known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations" and was constructed in 1853 in a breathtaking Greek Revival style. At the center of the plantation is the mansion (its columns are peppered with bullet holes from the Civil War), where guides dressed in period costumes offer tours of the mansion's antebellum-style interior. You're invited to explore the grounds, which are home to the country's first and best thoroughbred breeding farms (the visitor center is modeled after a traditional Southern paddock) as well as the renowned Iroquois Steeplechase, the oldest in the United States. During the summer and fall, the Belle Meade Plantation hosts numerous events, including Easter egg hunts and antique auctions.
There is also a tour that includes wine tasting and lunch.
7. The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
A gentle walk around the park you'll see various exhibits that teach you about the history of Tennessee State. There is a 200 foot granite map of the state, a 95 bell carillon, a memorial to World War II, a Pathway of History and the Rivers of Tennessee Fountains. Each year this charming park puts on a variety of free events that draw the community together. The highlight being the Tennessee History Festival that is held each year in the fall.
The historic Tennessee State Capitol building, designed in a Greek Revival style, is one of the oldest working capitols that the nation has. You can go on a tour of this grand facility where you will get to see the chambers, house of representative and the old state library. The building was first opened in 1859 and was designed by the famous architect William Strickland.
8. Hot Chicken
Nashville Hot Chicken is a staple and it is up for debate on where the best place to get it is. Some people prefer Prince’s and other Hattie’s Bs. We went to Hattie’s B’s and the line was crazy so we just ordered online, went around the corner for a drink, and came back. I would recommend it though but you'll be able to find it at most restaurants around the city.
9. Meat and Three
A Meat and 3 is another common thing you’ll listed and it is just a serving of a meat of your choice with 3 sides. Arnold’s, Puckett’s, or Katie’s are all popular meat and three diners in Downtown Nashville. We went to Puckett’s and reserved a table when they were going to have live music.
10. Live Music
The best way to do that is to stop in to the many bars that line Broadway, downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare. Lower Broadway is nicknamed "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous establishments that host live acts daily with no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please.
While all the bars host live music acts, each venue has a distinct atmosphere that makes it stand out from other honky-tonks along Broadway.
If you are looking for live music in a more intimate setting with song writers you may know or who have written songs on the radio and hear the stories behind the songs you’ll want to check out places like The Listening Room Cafe, Puckett’s, the Ryman, The Grand Ole Opry, or the Blue Bird.
11. Pro Sports Game
Across the Cumberland River from Broadway is the stadium for the football team the Tennessee Titans. While a short walk away from Broadway is Bridgestone Arena with is home to the hockey team the Nashville Predators. It's that silver curve building in the picture up above. If you go when either season is active you can head to a game and be a short walk away to hit up the bars on Broadway afterwards.
12. The Parthenon
A few miles southwest of downtown Nashville is a full-scale replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon at Centennial Park. The Parthenon was built in 1897 as part of Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition. The idea was to replicate a monument that was considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. Random but at least I got to picture what it’d look like when since when I went to Athens it wasn’t the same.
Inside the Parthenon is a 42-foot Athena statue inside. You have to purchase a ticket to the museum located inside the Parthenon to see Athena (and the numerous other exhibits detailing Tennessee’s rich history), but entry for adults costs just six dollars per person. Even if you don’t end up visiting the museum, however, by merely spending an hour or two strolling Centennial Park which spans 132 acres.
13. Vanderbilt Campus
14. Andrew Jackson Hermitage
The Hermitage was the plantation home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, from 1804 until his death in 1845. Completed in 1819, the main house is a two-story Greek Revival, brick mansion.
I'm not exactly sure why it's called a Hermitage, but maybe because he used to hide away in there like a hermit?!
15. RCA Studio B
RCA Studio B is a music recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee built in 1956. Originally known simply by the name "RCA Studios", it became known in the 1960s for being an essential factor to the development of the production style and technique known as the Nashville Sound.
A sophisticated style characterized by background vocals and strings, the Nashville Sound both revived the popularity of country music and helped establish Nashville’s reputation as an international recording center. Its adjacent building, RCA Studio A, was also later central to the development of this technical artistic sound.
The studio is located centrally in the historic Music Row district. Currently studio B is managed by the Country Music Hall of Fame and it runs scheduled tours of the facility. Beyond the countless recordings made by legendary music artists here, Elvis Presley is known to have made more than two hundred song recordings at this location.
16. Five Daughters Bakery
5 Daughters Bakery is best known for their 100-layer donut–the combination of a donut and croissant is rolled in sugar, filled with cream, and glazed.
17. Goo Goo Shop
You can go to the Goo Goo Shop and get a Goo Goo Cluster which first combination candy bar was invented is peanuts, caramel, and marshmallow and coat it in milk chocolate in the city. It was invented in 1912 and they have their own store in the heart of downtown. I thought it was more about the experience and they do have Ice Cream.
18. Belmont Mansion
Belmont Mansion is an Italianate Villa constructed between 1849 and 1853 and covers an area of 19,000 square feet. Initially the building was used as the summer home for a local socialite known as Adelicia Acklen. Other uses for the building have included being the headquarters of the Union army as well as an all-girls college. The buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the house operates as a museum.
19. Tour the Jack Daniels Distillery
Nashville is in the heart of Tennessee whiskey country. It would be impolite not to see how the locals get things done on a distillery tour. You can take a pretty drive in the countryside to go to Jack Daniel’s Distillery or stay in the city and check out Corsair Distillery and Taproom. If you want something completely different, grab a whiskey doughnut at East Nashville’s Donut Distillery.
20. Legendairy Milkshake Bar
Legendairy Milkshake Bar is just that, Legendary. They pile mason jars full of ice cream & toppings.
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