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Best Things to Do in Nashville

From great live music and nightlife, to beautiful museums and landmarks, Nashville has everything the average Tennessee visitor could need. Here are some of the best things to do in Nashville:


Hit up a museum.

The Tennessee State Museum will surely add some context to your Nashville trip. Check out the wealth of US history on display across permanent exhibits like Age of Jackson and First Tennesseans.

Music.

Find out why they call it “Music City USA” by exploring must-see stops like the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum.

As if that wasn’t enough, Music Row has enough things to see to fill an afternoon all its own, including recording studios, boutiques, bars and restaurants, parks, and more, just southwest of downtown.

Best Things to Do in Nashville

Ryman Auditorium

Grab a drink.

Ready to let loose? The District in Nashville – walled by the Cumberland River and Bridgestone Arena – is home to the city’s most prized bars, restaurants, and music venues.

Check out favorites like Bluebird Cafe, known for its intimate setting, and Robert’s Western World, a top choice for those looking for some live music. You can’t go wrong in downtown Nashville.

See a show.

Live music is everywhere in Nashville, that much is for sure. However, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, venues like the historic Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium put on some of the best shows in town.

Explore the outdoors.

It’s not all jammin’ out and drinkin’ in Nashville – scenic sites like Percy Priest Lake and Radnor Lake State Park offer nearby hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. Both are just outside the Nashville metro area.

In the city, spots like Bicentennial Mall State Park, Riverfront Park, and Shelby Bottoms Park offer ultra-convenient ways to enjoy the sunshine.

Go back to school.

Best Things to Do in Nashville

Bicentennial Mall State Park

Nashville is also home several prestigious universities, all offering year-round tours with excellent places to visit and great sports teams.

Most notably, Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University highlight the list. Football fans will surely enjoy taking in a game at Vanderbilt Stadium or Nissan Stadium in the fall.

Not to be left out, Lipscomb University and Belmont University offer impeccable landmarks like E.S. Rose Park, Belmont Tower, and Bison Square.

Shop ‘til you drop.

If you’re looking for some retail therapy, be sure to hit Opry Mills, set just off of Briley Parkway in northeast Nashville. More an entertainment district than a mall, Opry Mills houses over 200 shops, two showboats docked on the Cumberland River, a movie theater, countless restaurants, and more.

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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Suites Near Opryland

201 Music City Circle, Nashville TN 37214-1220
Phone: +1 615-902-9940  |  Fax: (615) 902-9950  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Plus Music Row

1407 Division Street, Nashville TN 37203-4015
Phone: +1 615-242-1631  |  Fax: (615) 244-9519  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Plus Belle Meade Inn & Suites

5600 O'Brien Avenue, Nashville TN 37209-3014
Phone: +1 615-354-1711  |  Fax: (615) 353-0664  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western Plus Sunrise Inn

825 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville TN 37217-1139
Phone: +1 615-499-4443  |  Fax: (615) 499-4286  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel

911 Airport Center Drive, Nashville TN 37214-3765
Phone: +1 615-872-0109  |  Fax: (615) 872-0109  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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