Nashville, Tennessee has become a popular destination for a variety of visitors ranging from country music lovers to partiers (and everybody in between). A few weekends ago, I traveled to the famous Music City with my mother-in-law for the very first time. I like that no matter what a person’s interests may be, the city offers a little something for everyone. For this reason, I wanted to share my list of things to do in Nashville that you won’t want to miss.
Downtown Nashville is definitely the heart of the city. We stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown, and we were within walking distance to a lot of the major attractions. Like any city center, it can become congested with traffic, crowds, and some litter.
Broadway Street is the epicenter for bars, restaurants, and live music. During the weekends, this place is packed! We went exploring when we landed on a Friday night, and we had a difficult time maneuvering through the crowds. Even if bar-hopping isn’t quite your scene (which it wasn’t for us), it’s still fun to experience the craziness and people watch.
The Nash Collection
On Broadway, there is a clothing shop called The Nash Collection. If you’re looking for a souvenir that’s not cheesy, this is definitely the place! I was originally drawn to this store for their cute “NASH” hats; however, I ended up with a t-shirt instead.
Legendairy Milkshake Bar
This dessert shop is located near the crossroads of Broadway and 3rd Ave. I think the name speaks for itself, because these milkshakes are definitely Legen-wait for it-Dairy (yes, this is a How I Met Your Mother reference). I’ve always wanted one of these insane desserts, and my shake did not disappoint. I strongly recommend sharing!
House of Cards
House of Cards is a speakeasy bar and restaurant that is located under the Johnny Cash Museum. If you’re looking for a unique experience in Nashville, House of Cards is it! Around the restaurant, there are magicians doing close up card tricks. This is a nice way to spend time while waiting for your meal or the bigger “magic shows” that they host throughout the night. The restaurant requires guests to purchase entrées for admission to the show. My suggestions? Order a drink and a meal/appetizer to share and enjoy the close up magic. This place is pretty pricey, and I didn’t think the stage show was worth it. Also, I should mention that this establishment has strict policies regarding dress code and photos; therefore, I’d recommend taking a look at their website before visiting.
The Gulch is a super cute neighborhood in Nashville. This area of the city is filled with shops, restaurants, art, and fitness centers. I loved exploring here! If you’re planning to brunch at one of their popular joints–such as Biscuit Love or Milk and Honey–you’ll want to get there early. These places were INSANELY busy!
Amelia’s Flower Truck
The main reason that I wanted to visit The Gulch is for Amelia’s Flower Truck. I had seen these adorable trucks all over Pinterest, and as corny as this sounds, I just HAD to see it in person! If we were staying longer, I definitely would have purchased some of their beautiful flowers to enjoy.
While wandering around The Gulch, we stumbled upon a few of the area’s popular murals. The art in Nashville is pretty amazing. I’m not going to lie, I felt pretty touristy waiting in line to snap my photo. It was fun to people watch here, though.
After we explored Downtown Nashville and The Gulch, we took a Lyft over to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. While the resort itself is an attraction, the Grand Ole Opry and the Opry Mills mall are also close by. This was a nice surprise for us! We spent the rest of our Saturday afternoon in this area.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
This resort is huge! Even if you’re not a guest, it’s fun to walk around and enjoy the garden scenery, shops, and restaurants here. This hotel even has a water park on the property.
The Grand Ole Opry
While we weren’t originally planning on seeing the Grand Ole Opry, I would say that this tour was the highlight of the trip! I loved that we were able to go behind the scenes and stand on the historic stage. If you’re a country music fan, I’d highly recommend visiting!
We love to shop; so, we had to go to Opry Mills after our tour. This mall has a ton of stores and outlets! We got some really great deals here. In addition, there are other attractions–such as an IMAX theatre, wax museum, and arcade–for those who may not be interested in shopping.
Nashville is a great city to visit, and we had a great weekend there! Have you ever been? If so, what are some places that you recommend?