Itinerary for Nashville Tennessee

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3 day Nashville itinerary

COUNTRY FACTS

Country: USA

Capital: Washington, D.C.

Language: English

Time Zone of Nashville: Central Standard Time (CST) which is UTC -6hr

Weather by season: Jan-Mar 30s-60s, Apr-June 50s-80s, July-Sept 60s-90s, Oct-Dec 30s-60s

Currency: USD

International telephone dialing country code: 001+number

Food they’re known for in Nashville: southern food like biscuits and BBQ

Drinks they’re known for in Nashville: Bourbon & Whiskey

Tipping Expectations: 15-20% is expected at restaurants

Popular Shopping Goods: Cowboy boots and western wear

Travel Adapter Type: A & B (learn more here)

Taxi Information: Use apps like Uber or Lyft instead

Hotel/Accommodation Recommendations

Here are the top five accommodations in Nashville that are in a convenient location to all the action, have a romantic ambiance, and are good enough for our fine readers. They are listed below from most budget-friendly to least. Take a quick glance at them, book one, and download our Organized Travel PDF so you can write the booking details in your “Organize the Essentials List”.

Name

Avg Cost per Night

Stars

Address, City (Neighborhood)

Check In Time

Checkout Time

Breakfast Included?

BOOK

Gaylord Opryland Resort

$447

4

2800 Opryland Drive (Opry)

4pm

11am

No

BOOK

Renaissance Nashville Hotel

$291

4

611 Commerce Street (outside the city)

4pm

12pm

No

BOOK

Sheraton Music City Hotel

$259

4

777 McGavock Pike (downtown)

3pm

12pm

No

BOOK

Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt Downtown

$227

3

2613 West End Ave (downtown)

4pm

11am

No

BOOK

Hayes Street Hotel

$226

3.5

1909 Hayes Street (downtown)

3pm

12pm

Yes

BOOK

3 day Nashville itinerary

If you are looking for a more affordable option, an apartment rental is the way to go. Using Airbnb you can rent an apartment anywhere in the city. You typically don’t get the amenities of a concierge, breakfast, gym, pool, etc so you can get your stay for less than half the price of a hotel. You’ll want to book far in advance to get a good place with good reviews. Get $40 off your first booking here: BOOK AN AIRBNB

Transportation Recommendations

Here are the sources we recommend you use to book transportation within the city. In Nashville we recommend you use Uber or Lyft within the city. If you plan to go outside the city, then a rental car would be best.

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Type (rental car, taxi, train)

Company

Avg Cost

Website

Rental Car

Rentalcars.com

varies

www.rentalcars.com

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Trip Overview for Nashville, Tennessee

3 DAY TRIP

DAY 1 Country music history day

DAY 2 Site seeing and honky tonks

DAY 3 Cars and whiskey

3 day Nashville itinerary

Trip Details

DAY 1 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Get so immersed in country music that you come out of today a country star!

Nashville is the Music City and rightly so. Though they received that nickname by radio announcer David Cobb in 1950 based on the town’s small and diverse music scene of R&B, blues, gospel, and pop it is now more well-known for its country music. Much of the sites you will visit today highlight the country music history of this grand city.

To checkout the sites, you could walk, Uber, or book a trolley tour! We recommend Grayline Music City Trolley Tour which you can hop on and off for two days straight. (we will mark the stop numbers below)

Start off your day on the right foot by catching breakfast or brunch at The Southern Steak and Oyster. It is very near the first trolley stop and downtown area. The omelets and tiny, little biscuits are fantastic!

Then it’s off to your first stop of the day: The Ryman Auditorium . Here you can do a self guided tour or a guided backstage tour. Splurge for the guided tour as it not only includes the awesome holographic video explaining the history of the Grand Ole Opry, but you also get to go backstage and see many of the dressing rooms the stars still use before taking the stage. (stop #2)

Afterwards, go grab a Goo Goo Cluster at their original store and snack on it as you walk the nearby Pedestrian Bridge. You’ll capture great views of downtown as well as East Nashville and the stadium. (stop #3)

Now it’s time for more country history so head to the Country Music Hall of Fame for about two hours of learning about and hearing country music legends. They’ll take you way back to country greats like Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and many more. Plus they have current stars as well! Including a 2018 special exhibit featuring Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. (stop #4)

At this point we can imagine you’ve built up quite the appetite, so we recommend you save the rest of the sites for tomorrow and head to a great part of town for some grub and beer: the Gulch area. (stop #14) For dinner head down the street to Adele’s which is a restaurant within an old auto garage that uses only locally sourced goods. Order the chicken dish if they have it! Best grilled chicken with salsa ever. For some post-dinner brews stop at Jackalope Brewing company for some unique and local flavors. Or head to the bars downtown if you want to get more rowdy.

>> Google Map of Day 1 <<

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Southern Steak & Oyster brunch

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Outside the Ryman

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The Original Goo Goo Cluster Shop

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Yes, they're amazinggg!

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Nashville Pedestrian Bridge downtown

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Views from the Pedestrian Bridge

Nashville pedestrian bridge

It was a windy day on the pedestrian bridge!

DAY 1 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Grayline Music City Trolley Tour

9am-5pm

Riverfront Train Station

$34

WEBSITE

[BOOK NOW]

Ryman Auditorium

9am-4pm

116 5th Ave N

$32 guided tour

WEBSITE

[BOOK NOW]

Goo Goo Shop

10am-8pm

116 3rd Ave S

Free tastings

WEBSITE

Pedestrian Bridge

-

-

free

-

Country Music Hall of Fame

9am-5pm

222 5th Ave S

$39.95

WEBSITE

[BOOK NOW]


Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

The Southern Steak & Oyster

7:30am-10pm

Southern

150 3rd Ave S #110

$$

WEBSITE

Adele’s

11am-9pm

California inspired & local

1210 McGavock St

$$$

WEBSITE

(reserve)

Jackalope Brewing Company

12pm-8pm

Brewery

701 8th Ave S

$

WEBSITE

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Country Music Hall of Fame's Wall of Best Selling Artists

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Elvis's solid gold Cadillac

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Shania Twain exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Well worth the visit!

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Jackalope Brewing Company in the Gulch

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Get a tasting flight!

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Yummmmm!


DAY 2 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Drink and dance your heart away.

Today you’ve got a lot more to see and do. Start the morning out early at the Pancake Pantry to avoid the line around the building (arrive before 8am). They have 23 kinds of pancakes and yes they are completely and utterly amazing. Though they are small, they are mighty full of flavor (try the sweet potato pancakes!)

Afterwards, if you want to checkout the Vanderbilt campus you can stroll around and checkout their many types of trees, including cherry blossoms. Keep heading west until you hit the Parthenon in Centennial Park which is an exact replica of the Greek temple right here in Nashville. The park is beautiful to walk around and has fun swings and a pond to spend your morning relaxing outdoors. If you’re into art, you can pay to go inside the parthenon for an art exhibit as well.

If you had the trolley tour from yesterday, to the right of the Parthenon entrance you’ll find the Music City trolley stop. Hop on there to continue your tour through town. (stop #10)  In the midtown area is the famous Hattie B’s Chicken if you’re hungry again. Otherwise continue onto Music Row where you’ll see famous recording studios used by the greats; most of which are converted from old, traditional houses. (stops #12-13)

The tour finishes up along Honky Tonk Highway (on lower Broadway). You don’t want to miss this street. In fact, you can’t miss it as there’s loud music going from 10am-3am every single day! Almost every bar/restaurant has live music to entertain you and make you feel like you’re at a party. It’s such a popular destination that it’s even beat out Las Vegas for bachelor and bachelorette parties now. So expect to see some groups having a blast on bike, truck, and bus tours up and down this street. Definitely stop in Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge which is where the country legends used to grab drinks after their shows at the Ryman (or during their shows and get too drunk to make it back). Also consider The Stage on Broadway which is larger and has some great upstairs seating. If you want to learn to line dance, Wildhorse Saloon has free lessons most days at 6pm. Grab some dinner here while you’re at it. (stop #16)

Are you into blues music? On Printer’s Alley is a small place called Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar which has shows all night with amazing musicians. Call ahead to make reservations as it fills up fast. You’ll feel like you’re in New Orleans!  Later on, check to see if there are any concerts in town. The most popular venues for concerts are the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry which have shows ⅔ of the days per year. If not, you can find entertainment anywhere along Broadway. We loved ACME Feed & Seed for their live music and rooftop bar. Just dance the night away!

>> Google Map of Day 2 <<

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The Pancake Pantry for an early breakfast

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Vanderbilt campus

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Views of the Parthenon from Centennial Park

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Heading to the Parthenon

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The perfect park for a romantic stroll

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The Parthenon replica in Nashville

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The Parthenon is HUGE

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hey good lookin'

DAY 2 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Vanderbilt University

-

-

free

WEBSITE

The Parthenon in Centennial Park

9am-4:30pm Tue-Sat; closed Mon; 12:30-4:30 Sundays

2500 West End Ave

Free outside; $6 entrance inside

WEBSITE

Honky Tonk Highway

Varies by bar/restaurant

Broadway

-

-

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

10am-3am

422 Broadway

free

WEBSITE

The Stage on Broadway

11am-3am

412 Broadway

free

WEBSITE

Wildhorse Saloon

11am-11pm

120 2nd Ave N

free

WEBSITE

Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

Daily 11am-3am

220 Printer’s Alley

Free entrance

WEBSITE

[RESERVE]

The Grand Ole Opry

Concerts many nights of the week

2804 Opryland Dr

Free to walk around the area or the resort; costs per concert

WEBSITE

[BOOK A SHOW]


Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Pancake Pantry

6am-3pm

Breakfast

1796 21st Ave S

$

WEBSITE

(expect a line)

Hattie B’s

11am-10pm Monday-Saturday; Sundays 11am-4pm

Fried Spicy Chicken

112 19th Ave

$

WEBSITE

(expect a line)

ACME Feed & Seed

11am-midnight

Bar & Restaurant

101 Broadway

$$

WEBSITE

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Honky Tonk row and Broadway

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Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

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The Stage on Broadway is super fun!

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Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

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Outside the Grand Ole Opry before the concert

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The stage in the Grand Ole Opry


DAY 3 AT A GLANCE

Today’s Goal to Crush: Eat like a King or Queen.

Today is about tasting more of Nashville. We recommend grabbing a small bite to eat somewhere nearby. Then head out for a tour of your liking. If you’re a car enthusiasts consider going to the Lane Motor Museum which displays hundreds of unique European cars including some very unique microcars! You can spend 1-2 hours here. If you’re not into cars, then consider heading a little outside of town to Belle Meade Plantation which is an old mansion and winery with lots of civil war history. They have one hour tours the include tastings which are supposed to be divine.

Once you’re back in town, next stop is lunch. Be ready to fill up on the most amazing burger in town at the Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden. While there, don’t miss out on a handmade soda like the creamsicle!

Now that your bellies are full, it’s time to head to the Distillery. Even if you aren’t a whiskey lover, Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery tour is a must-do while in town. The history of how their distillery was lost and then found many years later is remarkable and they do an excellent job at sharing the distillery’s story and showing you the process of how whiskey is made. The tour includes a few tastings afterward. Best experience in Nashville!

After tastings, you have some options for the rest of the day & night:

  1. You could go to the Johnny Cash Museum if you’re craving more country music history.

  2. Or perhaps, head back to the honky tonks now that your blood is pumping and the whiskey has hit you!

  3. Another option is to checkout the 12th Avenue South area of Nashville which is south of Music Row. It’s a quaint street with little shops and restaurants. Edley’s BBQ is a must if you’re hungry as they have the best BBQ in town. Jeni’s ice cream is a great stop for some unique and yummy flavors. If you want to shop, don’t miss Draper James which is Reese Witherspoon’s clothing store or Serendipity which is a great gift shop with cute jewelry.

  4. If you’ve watched the show Nashville then you have heard of the Bluebird Cafe. It’s a small music venue where songwriters go to perform their music. Tickets for shows go on sale a week in advance and it’s almost impossible to get lucky enough to grab one of their limited seats. Without a seat you can arrive 2-3 hours early to try and nab a few of their bar seats. They typically have two shows a night so plan accordingly.

Enjoy your last night in town!

>> Google Map of Day 3 <<

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Being kids at the Lane Motor Museum

Nashville lane motor museum

Lane Motor Museum

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Amazing burgers at the Pharmacy Burger Parlor!

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Nelson's Green Briar Distillery

DAY 3 DETAILS

Destination

Hours

Address

Price

Website

Lane Motor Museum

Open Thur-Sun from 10am-5pm

702 Murfreesboro Pike

$12

WEBSITE

Belle Meade Plantation

9am-5pm

5025 Harding Pike

$18 tour

WEBSITE

[BOOK TOUR]

Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery

11am-6pm

1414 Clinton St

$11 tour and tasting

WEBSITE

Johnny Cash Museum

9am-6pm

119 3rd Ave S

$19.95 (check for a groupon deal)

WEBSITE

[BOOK]

Draper James

Sun 11-5, Mon-Wed 10-6, Thu-Sat 10-7

2608 12th Ave S

-

WEBSITE

The Bluebird Cafe

Shows 6 or 630pm and 9 or 930pm

4104 Hillsboro Pike

Varies per show

WEBSITE

[BUY TICKETS]

Serendipity

Mon-Thur 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5

2301 12th Ave S

$$

WEBSITE


Oh So Tasty Food Options Nearby:

Restaurant

Hours

Type of Food

Address

Price

Website

Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden

Sun-Thur 11-10, Fri-Sat 11-11

Burgers

731 Mcferrin Ave

$$

WEBSITE

Edley’s BBQ

Mon-Fri 11-10, Sat-Sun 10-10

BBQ

2706 12th Ave S

$$

WEBSITE

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Noon-11pm

Ice cream

2312 12th Ave S

$

WEBSITE

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Reese Witherspoon's shop Draper James

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Edley's BBQ is amazing!

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Jeni's Splendid Ice cream is truly splendid!

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Doing the backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium

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On the Ryman Auditorium stage

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we love finding street art


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Hello, we are Zach (@zachdorworth) and Steph (@stephdorworth). We are Mr & Mrs traveling the world one romantic city at a time while perfecting obsessively organized travel.

  • Chris says:

    Steph. Love this blog. Worn out from all the places you checked out. I took a trolley in St Augustine and they are the best for seeing all the sights. Off and on.

    Was it so cold there? I thought they would be warmer?

    Thank you

  • Linda says:

    What a comprehensive guide to Nashville. We have not visited yet but will keep this for future use. I certainly got a craving for Southern food reading this. Want me some BBQ! Not so into country music but I will take your Blues tips!

  • Sherianne says:

    I had no idea Nashville has beat out Las Vegas for bachelor parties! I haven’t been to Nashville in at least 10 years and really want to spend some time there. I do watch Nashville and would love to have a beer at the Bluebird

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  • Vanessa says:

    So excited I’ve discovered your site. Team Organized Travel!! I love all the detail.

    I would love to check out the Bluebird Cafe (despite my general aversion to all things with line ups or situations that require me to show up super early….) I think it would be really amazing to have the opportunity to see a singer-songwriter in such a historic venue and you never know when you might be able to say that you saw someone ‘huge’ before they were really famous.

  • Mags says:

    Nashville is my old stomping ground, but it looks like there are lots of new places to explore. It may be time for a visit! Glad you got blue skies for your trip, that doesn’t happen too often there!

  • Dorene says:

    Super Thorough post guys! We haven’t been to Nashville yet, but you have definitely put it on the list for us. The Lane Motor Museum and Nelson’s green briar distillery would be on the top of the list. From the looks of it Nashville might be a tough place to find a vegan meal! Bookmarked for future visit.

  • Kirstie says:

    This guide is so comprehensive and AWESOME! The Nashville pedestrian bridge looks amazing! I love that there’s nearby restaurant recommendations. And wow, you had the chance to listen to live country music! And I love Day 3’s Goal to Crush. 😀 This is one of the best travel blogs I’ve been to. Very helpful!

  • Indrani says:

    Excellent guide to Nashville. I am saving up this info. Nashville is so distant from where I live now, I hope I get a chance to visit the beautiful place. The information on restaurants and trains is really helpful.

  • Vasu Devan says:

    I appreciate this detailed guide on Nashville. I have not been there but when ever someone mentions Nashville , I am reminded of “Nashville Skyline” by Bob Dylan 🙂 The replica of Parthenon looks as big as the original. It is a nice idea to have a art exhibition inside too.

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