Nashville, Tennessee is, hands-down, one of the top travel destinations to visit that has a little bit of everything to see and do for all ages! Of course, with Nashville being the Country Music Capital of the World, you’ll be immersed in all things having to do with country music; but what many people don’t know is that Nashville is also full of rich history, exquisite art and culture, fine southern cuisine, and unique experiences unlike any other destination!
So, if you’ve never been to Nashville, saddle up and get ready to explore this musical city where southern hospitality comes standard. Take a look at some of the best things to do in Nashville!
The Stage on Broadway
If you’re like most people, when you think of Nashville, the very first thing that pops in your head is the iconic strip downtown on Broadway. There are bright lights, local eateries, and live music that can be heard from miles and miles away! Though you can hear music from the streets, to get the full experience of live music, you’re going to want to go to one of the most famous Nashville bars, aka, The Stage!
In case you didn’t know, The Stage on Broadway is what’s known as a “rowdy” country bar and is home to not only many up-and-coming artists, but some of country music’s most famous outlaws have graced the stage as well. The likes of Ricky Skaggs, Miranda Lambert, Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson, and many more have all dropped in and wowed the audience over the years. The bottom line is that you never know who may just drop in and make a grand appearance! For a live music experience unlike any other, come to one of the best bars on Broadway in Nashville, The Stage!
If you love southern cookin’ where the chicken and fish are fried, the biscuits are hot and fluffy, and the tea is nice and sweet, then the Loveless Cafe will fulfill everything your stomach desires! The food here is not only tongue smackin’ good, but everything is also made from scratch! This reason alone is no wonder why the Loveless Cafe has been in business for over 65 years! Not to mention, the food is so southernly delicious that the restaurant has been featured in USA Today, Southern Living, Taste of the South, and more! If you want nothing but the best food for the soul in Nashville, Loveless Cafe is the place to satisfy that craving!
If you’re a fan of Greek mythology, art, and Nashville history, then the Parthenon will give all of that and more! First and foremost, the Parthenon, located in Centennial Park, is a full-scale replica of the temple located in Athens Greece. Once inside, on the first level, you’ll get to see historical artifacts on display specifically about Nashville. On the next level, you’ll see beautiful, and eclectic, artwork from local artists on display. Finally, on the last level, you’ll see the majestic, 42-foot replica statue of the Greek goddess Athena. When the original statue was built, it was built as a dedication to Athena as the people of Athens's patroness.
***Fun Fact: Nashville was actually nicknamed “Athens of the South” due to its dedication to higher education, just as Athens was recognized for the exact thing centuries ago***
The Grand Ole Opry
If you are indeed a big fan of country music, then you can’t visit the Country Music Capital of the World without visiting the very stage where country music greats made country music history… The Grand Ole Opry! If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, you definitely want to take a look at the lineup for the dates you plan to come to ensure you get to see the artists you want. But, while you’re booking tickets, you don’t want to forget to get tickets to go on a backstage tour of the historical landmark as well.
The likes of Dolly Parton, Little Jimmy Dickens, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Tammy Wynette, and Johnny Cash have all stood and performed on that iconic wood circle on the stage; during the tour, you get to literally stand where country music greats stood and performed! Ironically enough, Elvis Presley did a show at the Grand Ole Opry and his performance was not received well.
***Fun Fact: The candy Goo Goo Clusters actually comes from the initials Grand Ole Opry***
Make Nashville Your Next Travel Destination
As you can see, there is a multitude of things to do in Nashville; the locations listed above aren’t even a fraction of all the tourist attractions and hidden gems! However, when it comes to the music scene, if you’re looking for live music in Nashville tonight or planning the ultimate bachelorette trip, The Stage in Nashville is the place to be. Simply fill out the contact form for further inquiries.