Planning a trip to Music City? Although we live in San Diego, we’ve gotten pretty familiar with Nashville, Tennessee. Katy used to live there, and we try to make a couple trips a year to visit our favorite city in the U.S.! Friends and family are always asking for travel tips for their upcoming trips to Nashville. So, we’ve developed a mini series to share our favorite things to do in Music City. Part 1 of our list features some of our favorite attractions, murals, and boutiques. Use this as a guide if you’re visiting Nashville for the first time.
– Shopping –
- Hillsboro Village Shops
- Green Hills Mall
- Two Old Hippies
- Copper Penny Brentwood
- Downtown Franklin
- Anderson Design Group
- Hatch Show Print
- Opry Mills Mall
– Live Music –
- Bluebird Cafe – Located in Green Hills, Bluebird Cafe offers guests the unique chance to see songwriters tell the story behind some of your favorite country music hits. Many songwriters have written legendary songs for artists like Keith Urban, Vince Gil, Garth Brooks, etc. Tip: You must make a reservation a week in advance on their website.
- Broadway – You can find great music at just about any bar you walk into! Tootsies, Honky Tonk Central (Great view from the 3rd floor), Rippys, The Stage, Second Fiddle – you really can’t go wrong at any bar on Broadway.
- Ascend Amphitheater – This new amphitheater is a great spot to catch a summer concert. It’s located on the Cumberland River and offers gorgeous views of the Nashville skyline.
- Grand Ole Opry – This is a must-see for any country music fan. Although it’s about 15 minutes from Downtown, it’s worth checking out. They still host the radio show there and you can even catch a glimpse of life backstage during their guided tour.
- The Ryman Auditorium – The original home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium offers an unforgettable experience for a show. Be sure to take a tour if you’ve got the time.
- The Listening Room – Great spot to grab a drink and listen to some great tunes from local artists.
- 3rd & Lindsley – This venue is perfect for a smaller show, and you just never know who will be there.
– Paintings + Murals –
- I Believe in Nashville – 2700 12th Avenue South; 12 South
- WhatLiftsYou Wings – 302 11th Ave South; The Gulch
- East Nashville Sign – 600 Main Street
- Willie Nelson – 378 Almond Street
- Johnny Cash – 300 Fourth Avenue South; Downtown Nashville
- Dragon – 2102 Belcourt Avenue, Hillsboro Village
- Hillsboro Village – 1602 21st Avenue South
- The Pharmacy – 731 Mcferrin Avenue; East Nashville
- Wedgehill Market – 600 Benton Avenue
- Acoustic Skyline – 911 Division Street; The Gulch
- East Nashville Octopus – 604 Gallatin Avenue; East Nashville
- Rolf & Daughters – 700 Taylor Street; Germantown
– Parks + Landmarks –
- Love Circle – This park sits atop a neighborhood on the West End. Here you can find panoramic views of Vanderbilt University, Downtown Nashville, and you might even seen John Rich’s palace, Mt. Richmore.
- Centennial Park – Home to the only full size replica of The Parthenon, this park is the perfect spot for a picnic or an afternoon jog. During the summer, you can find food trucks and concerts in the park.
- BiCentennial Park – Located near Germantown, it’s a great spot to catch a glimpse of the city’s history. There are quite a few places for photo ops, so be camera ready.
- Music Row – Hop in your car and drive down this musical neighborhood, where you will see famous recording studios and country music record labels.
- Percy Warner Park – This is a great spot for a hike.