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Capital: Washington, D.C.
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
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
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”.
Avg Cost per Night
Address, City (Neighborhood)
Check In Time
Gaylord Opryland Resort
2800 Opryland Drive (Opry)
Renaissance Nashville Hotel
611 Commerce Street (outside the city)
Sheraton Music City Hotel
777 McGavock Pike (downtown)
Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt Downtown
2613 West End Ave (downtown)
Hayes Street Hotel
1909 Hayes Street (downtown)
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
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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
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 <<
DAY 1 DETAILS
Grayline Music City Trolley Tour
Riverfront Train Station
116 5th Ave N
$32 guided tour
Goo Goo Shop
116 3rd Ave S
Country Music Hall of Fame
222 5th Ave S
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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 <<
DAY 2 DETAILS
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
Honky Tonk Highway
Varies by bar/restaurant
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
The Stage on Broadway
120 2nd Ave N
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
220 Printer’s Alley
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
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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:
You could go to the Johnny Cash Museum if you’re craving more country music history.
Or perhaps, head back to the honky tonks now that your blood is pumping and the whiskey has hit you!
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.
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 <<
DAY 3 DETAILS
Lane Motor Museum
Open Thur-Sun from 10am-5pm
702 Murfreesboro Pike
Belle Meade Plantation
5025 Harding Pike
Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery
1414 Clinton St
$11 tour and tasting
Johnny Cash Museum
119 3rd Ave S
$19.95 (check for a groupon deal)
Sun 11-5, Mon-Wed 10-6, Thu-Sat 10-7
2608 12th Ave S
The Bluebird Cafe
Shows 6 or 630pm and 9 or 930pm
4104 Hillsboro Pike
Varies per show
Mon-Thur 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5
2301 12th Ave S
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