Now more than ever, Nashville is on the radar. Named one of the “Best Places to Travel in 2014” by Travel + Leisure, one of the “Top Places to Go in 2014” by The New York Times, and one of the “Destinations You Don’t Want to Miss Out On in 2014” by Conde Nast Traveler, Nashville offers everything from an electrifying multi-genre music scene, award-winning cuisine, historic homes, world-class art, a myriad of attractions, unique shopping, college and professional sports, and more.
Of course, music remains Nashville’s calling card to the world and is the very heart of the city. Long recognized as the world’s capital of country music, Music City also boasts sounds of pop, rock, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul. With more than 120 live music venues across the city, there is something for everyone. You’ll catch pickers and songwriters all over town, in places like bluegrass venue Station Inn, the rock venue Exit/In, the honky tonks on Broadway, the song-centered Bluebird Cafe or the legendary Ryman Auditorium.
There are hosts of attractions that have made Music City famous; from the ultimate country music venue the Grand Ole Opry, to the world renowned Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum have added to the lineup as well. The Johnny Cash Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians from stars to studio players that represent all genres of music and features the very instruments used to record some of music’s greatest hits.
Nashville’s visual and fine arts scene is also making waves. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in an exquisitely converted Art Deco post office which hosts roving exhibitions changing every couple of months. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art houses an extensive art gallery, while the city offers art crawls, studios and art galleries all around town.
While Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, the talent and creativity of its culinary scene has recently put Nashville on the map. Dubbed “The Coolest, Tastiest City in the South” by Bon Appetit, Nashville’s creative spirit has infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into the chef’s studio. From southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville’s palate offers it all. To really get a feel for Nashville’s ‘local’ side, check out some of Nashville’s unique neighborhoods full of Music City charm. Areas like 12South, Hillsboro Village, East Nashville, and the Gulch offer a good mix of shopping, dining, nightlife and music.
With its charming mix of musical, historical and cultural flavors, Nashville is truly a city for all seasons and styles. While in Music City, stop by the Visitor Information Centers, located in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena (at 5th & Broadway) and on the ground floor of the Regions building (at 4th & Commerce), for discounted attraction passes.
Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee
Buy the Music City Total Access Pass and choose FOUR attractions to visit for only $60, offering a savings of up to 57%! Great for people that can’t seem to choose just one attraction, as the pass also includes FREE admission to The Parthenon, and 25% off the Music City Hop On/Off Trolley Tour!
Don't leave without tasting
A classic ‘meat and three’ from Arnold’s or Swett’s: try the roast beef, mashed potatoes, fried okra and green beans and you’ll be in heaven. Oh, and of course the banana pudding for dessert.
Dont overlook this
The Frist Center for the Arts will keep mom, dad, and kids of all ages entertained. The 24,000-square foot visual art exhibition center features an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions from local, regional, national and international sources. Grab a paint brush and get to work in the interactive ArtQuest gallery (which is great for kids), complete with educational programs.
First-time visitors should not miss
A performance at the Grand Ole Opry! The world’s longest radio show offers an incredible mix of talent to a live audience on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Check the online schedule often, as artists are added to the line-up as close as a few days before the show.
If you only have one day
The music! Experience some of the world famous honky tonks on Lower Broadway, Bluebird Cafe (where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift got their start), the historic Grand Ole Opry and any various live music happenings across town. Make it easy on yourself and download the free Nashville Live Music app, the first ever city-wide live music guide. Created to help visitors and locals locate live music venues throughout Music City, the app allows users to search for music by area of town or venue name, and will tell you exactly who’s playing at each venue.
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently unveiled a $100-million expansion, doubling its size to 350,000 square feet of dynamic state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, education classrooms, retail stores, and special event space boasting stunning downtown views. The new exhibit galleries, called the ACM Gallery and the Fred and Dinah Gretsch Family Gallery, focus on the latest trends and emerging artists in country music.
Top photo opportunities
a. Crowd shot at LP Field during a sold-out night at CMA Fest or Tennessee Titans game b. Skyline shot from a General Jackson Showboat dinner cruise or from the Pedestrian Bridge c. Your favorite band rocking out at the historic Ryman Auditorium d. Music City July 4th fireworks exploding above the Nashville Symphony Orchestra e. 22,000 tulips in bloom at Cheekwood
Want to stay up late
‘Holler and Swaller’ at Nashville’s world famous Honky Tonks such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Robert’s Western World and The Stage. Be sure to bring a tip, as the musicians play for free from 10 a.m.-2 a.m., you never know who you might run into - or hear become the next big star.
Where locals go to relax
Whether you are with the family or riding solo, locals and visitors alike will agree on visiting Centennial Park. Thousands of people visit the 132-acre park each year to visit the museum, see exhibits, walk the trail, attend festivals, check out The Parthenon (the world’s only full-size reproduction of the Greek Parthenon), or just to enjoy the beauty of the park. Don’t forget to bring crackers to feed the ducks.
Your child will always remember
Exploring the 150 unique cars and motorcycles at Lane Motor Museum; vehicles on display include microcars, amphibious vehicles, competition cars, Czechoslovakian vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, military vehicles, motorcycles, prototypes and one-of-a-kind vehicles.