Best things to do in Nashville
Nashville: 2-day itinerary
Nashville aka "Music City" is ranked one of the top 10 recommended vacation spots in the country. Known for its hot chicken, the birthplace of country music, its iconic AT&T “batman building” and the new Vegas for Bachelorette parties. Whether you are taking a girls weekend trip, a romantic getaway with your beau or a friends trip, Nashville has something for everyone. Nashville is not just for country music enthusiasts - live musicians play a variety of music genres, and there is a slew of hipster/artsy attractions to enjoy besides the multitude of museums. While it is very difficult to see everything in 2 days, this budget-friendly itinerary will hopefully give you a glimpse of this lively, bustling city.
Most of the main attractions in downtown are in walking distance of one another. There are also inexpensive transportation options such as the Music City circuit - a free bus with two main routes taking you to all the main attractions in downtown. If you're feeling adventurous, rent a scooter with Bird, Lyft or Uber for a unique tour of downtown. There are also lots of hotels located in and around downtown within walking distance of Broadway and the main attractions. Spend your first night in Nashville strolling down Broadway, listening to the live music drifting from the bars.
Self Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Nashville - A walk through downtown Nashville as we cover the history of this town from its beginnings as Fort Nashborough through the Civil War, Civil Rights, Country Music to today. The whole tour takes about 2 hours - that is if you don't stop inside any of the museums or restaurants.
Kid rock - If you are a fan of Rock music, Kid Rock is the place to be! This two-story bar with a mezzanine overlooking the stage, features bands jamming to the classic rock tunes from Nirvana, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Guns n Roses, and Metallica.
FGL house - After celebratory drinks and dancing to rock and roll tunes enjoy some award-winning chicken and waffles at FGL house.
George Jones rooftop - This rooftop bar has a breezy rooftop patio overlooking the Cumberland River with breathtaking views of the lit-up skyline.
Tootsies - The tour of the Broadway strip is not complete without visiting the iconic Tootsies next door to Legends Corner. This striking lavender building is equally vibrant inside with three stories, featuring three different music genres. The third floor features a rooftop bar and a lively young peoples crowd jamming to throwback songs from the 80s 90s and 2000s.
Crazytown - This 3-floor bar features country music on the first floor, a dance floor on the second floor and pop music on the top floor with an open rooftop patio overlooking Broadway.
Electric Scooters -
Another unique way to see the city is zipping along on a electric scooters, take in the sites of the city’s parks, historical buildings, and abundance of walking trails.
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Street art tour/walking tour - Visiting museums in Nashville can get expensive really fast. However, if you don't mind walking, a lot can be seen on foot free of charge. You can choose to do the street art tour, walking tour or a combo of both. There is a downloadable audio app for the self-guided tour as well. The street art tour is perfect for digital creators, Instagram addicts, and photographers! Walking through the city and viewing the vibrantly colored murals and see Nashville through a unique lens.
Dierks Bentley - Feeling hungover the next morning after a night on Broadway? No worries - Head over to Dierks Bentley for a greasy brunch and some mimosas while listening to live music to get your day started.
The Library - If you are on a budget and are not willing to spend $10 per drink at the bars, visiting the Liquor store and pre-gaming in your hotel room is a great way to save money. This trendy liquor store sells all the essentials.
Wildhorse Saloon - This 3 story bar has live music, a mezzanine balcony overlooking the main stage on the ground floor and nightly country line dancing lessons.
Mellow mushroom - After dancing and drinks, grab a slice of pizza at Mellow Mushroom and listen to throwback songs from bands such as Matchbox Twenty.
Tips and Tricks:
Long-term/overnight parking: Library public parking - located in downtown this covered parking garage is an inexpensive option for overnight parking for only $14 per day. I would recommend taking an Uber or Lyft or riding a scooter to your destination.
Gaylord hotel: If you happen to be in Nashville during the Christmas season this hotel lobby is magical. Wander through a twinkling winter wonderland and ride a boat along the river to view decorative sights.
Brunch spots: Pinewood social is a great breakfast spot with bowling and bocce ball. The Comedy Bar is a great way to start Sunday Funday with brunch, drinks, and comedians.
Hot Chicken Joints: Hattie B’s, Princes Hot Chicken, Arnolds: a cafeteria-style restaurant serving southern comfort food Monday-Friday.
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