Southern Hospitality and Song: A Fun-Filled Tourist Itinerary for Music Lovers in Nashville

Southern Hospitality and Song: A Fun-Filled Tourist Itinerary for Music Lovers in Nashville

Nashville is often hailed as "Music City," beckoning music enthusiasts from all corners of the globe and just down the street to revel in its rich musical tapestry. From one end of this town to the other, Nashville is a testament to the honor of being the birthplace of country music. With Lower Broadway serving as the epicenter of Nashville’s live music nightlife, The Stage is an iconic venue, inviting visitors to experience the magic of Southern hospitality and song. In this guide, we will craft a little fun-filled itinerary centered around The Stage, ensuring that your journey through Nashville’s musical attractions creates a harmonious blend of live music, a festive atmosphere, and the unique charm that makes Music City truly special. 

Music, Museums, and So Much More

Visitors often ask the locals they encounter to name a few places that speak to the essence of what is truly Nashville. If The Stage is your starting point, just about anyone familiar with Nashville will suggest heading west from downtown to midtown and visiting a Nashville treasure- Centennial Park with its very own replica of the Parthenon. This enormous museum built with towering columns is home to beautiful artwork and a golden statue of the Greek goddess Athena. 

You don’t need to travel to Athens when a version of this landmark is in the middle of Nashville. The park’s perfectly manicured lawns and gardens are a perfect way to take in the city’s beauty. And just a couple of streets across West End Avenue lies Vanderbilt University. Its sprawling campus in the heart of Music City is a quiet haven in the center of our bustling metropolis. Capture some photos and enjoy the serene surroundings before moving on to your next destination. 

In this same area, visitors can experience the neighborhoods that make up Music Row, the heart of Nashville's music industry. Discover the historic recording studios, record labels, and landmarks that have shaped the careers of countless songwriters and musicians. Take in the vibrant energy and history that permeates the air because this is where the magic is made.  

Turn Back Around and Head East down West End and Broadway

No matter your mode of transportation- by car, foot, bus, or scooter- heading east, you have a straight shot back to downtown, Lower Broadway, and Nashville nightlife. Along the way, you will see the historic Union Station Hotel with its opulent décor and old-world charm. One building down from the hotel is the Frist Art Museum, ready to invite visitors to enjoy a range of amazing exhibits.

Venture a little further downtown, and the Bridgestone Arena is impossible to miss. While home to Nashville's own NHL team, the Predators, this venue hosts numerous concerts throughout the year. And just a couple streets down from Bridgestone, you will soon hear the twang of guitars and singing voices infused with the emotions of country, rock, and the blues. Lower Broadway is a sea of honkytonks providing visitors with what they want the most from their stay in Nashville- live music, crowded dance floors, and the clink of glasses as folks enjoy a cold beer and warm friendship.  

Some Daytime Tourist Sites before the Nashville Nightlife

The Lower Broadway area is home to many music venues, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and retail shops. A few essential Nashville places include the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame. One will allow you to immerse yourself in the life and legacy of the Man in Black, and the other will take you on a journey about the history of country music and its legendary performers.  

Hatch Show Print is another must-see icon that reveals the visual history of Nashville's music scene. Explore this letterpress shop, known for creating timeless posters and artwork for legendary musicians. Pick up a unique souvenir to commemorate your musical journey. 

The Sun Starts to Set and the Music Begins to Rise 

When evening descends on Nashville, we recommend returning to where you began, at The Stage on Lower Broadway. This honky-tonk gem is renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and top-notch live performances. Sip on your favorite beverage, find a spot on the dance floor, and get ready to be swept away by the electrifying energy of the live music at The Stage. Let the music transport you to a world where every note celebrates Nashville's musical soul. Don't be shy—hit the floor and dance the night away to the infectious rhythms and heartfelt songs from some of Nashville’s finest performers. 

The Best Travel Tips for Music Lovers 

We have two suggestions for music lovers. Visit Nashville. And when you arrive, your first destination should be The Stage. Vibrant honky-tonks line Lower Broadway and you will discover the unique character of each venue, but always remember The Stage might just be your first and last stop for a night filled with festivities as you soak in the lively atmosphere that defines Nashville's honky-tonk scene. No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to The Stage, a legendary venue that echoes with live country music morning, noon, and night.  

Nashville's musical attractions, coupled with the unique charm of The Stage, offer an unparalleled experience for music lovers. From exploring the historic Music Row to dancing the night away on Lower Broadway at The Stage, every moment in Music City is a celebration of Southern hospitality and song. Let the melodies guide you through the streets of Nashville, and may your journey be filled with the infectious rhythms and warmth that define this extraordinary city.