Itinerary for Nashville Tennessee

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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

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
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Trip Overview for Nashville, Tennessee


DAY 1 Country music history day

DAY 2 Site seeing and honky tonks

DAY 3 Cars and whiskey

Trip Details


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 <<

Southern Steak & Oyster brunch

Outside the Ryman

The Original Goo Goo Cluster Shop

Yes, they’re amazinggg!

It was a windy day on the pedestrian bridge!


Destination Hours Address Price Website
Grayline Music City Trolley Tour 9am-5pm Riverfront Train Station $34 WEBSITE


Ryman Auditorium 9am-4pm 116 5th Ave N $32 guided tour WEBSITE


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


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


Jackalope Brewing Company 12pm-8pm Brewery 701 8th Ave S $ WEBSITE

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

Elvis’s solid gold Cadillac

Shania Twain exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Well worth the visit!

Jackalope Brewing Company in the Gulch

Get a tasting flight!



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 <<

The Pancake Pantry for an early breakfast

Vanderbilt campus

Views of the Parthenon from Centennial Park

Heading to the Parthenon

The perfect park for a romantic stroll

The Parthenon replica in Nashville

The Parthenon is HUGE

hey good lookin’


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


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


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

Honky Tonk row and Broadway

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

The Stage on Broadway is super fun!

Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar

Outside the Grand Ole Opry before the concert

The stage in the Grand Ole Opry


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 <<

Being kids at the Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum

Amazing burgers at the Pharmacy Burger Parlor!

Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery


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


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


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


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

Reese Witherspoon’s shop Draper James

Edley’s BBQ is amazing!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice cream is truly splendid!

Doing the backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium

On the Ryman Auditorium stage

we love finding street art