A Perfect Day in Nashville
Collected by Jennifer Justus , AFAR Local Expert
Keep yourself mostly downtown: Stay at the Hermitage. Enjoy Southern ingredients at Husk. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. And be sure to take one quick cab ride (or a nice walk) to the Gulch for live music.
231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
Opening in 1910 as a hotel, this Beaux-Arts gem was home for weeks to both sides of the women’s sufferage movement when they descended on the hotel in 1920 to lobby Tennessee lawmakers, who cast the necessary vote to ratify the 19th amendment. The...
222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Rhinestones, tassels, boots so pointy they'd make toes bleed...what more could you expect from Nashville's monument to the music that made it famous? Well, plenty more, as it turns out. The Hall of Fame contains some seriously impressive artifacts...
37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210, USA
402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
There are dozens of gigs, every night, in Nashville. But there's only one must-see. Not everyone knows about the Time Jumpers' regular Monday night slot at the Station Inn, but that's a good thing, because it's already a weekly sell out. They are...
416 Broadway B, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Storied honky-tonk joints—and tourists—crowd lower Broadway. But the classic country feel of Robert’s Western World attracts locals, too. Two-step around the tiny dance floor to covers of songs by such favorites as Hank Williams,...
2601 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204, USA
Imogene + Willie offers classic clothing and boots, but the real draw is denim. Practically a shrine to jeans, the boutique has patterns hanging from the rafters, and vintage sewing machines rattle away as you shop. Select your favorite cut, and a...
116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
The original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman is a place of pilgrimage for every country music fan. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see a gig there—so we went one better and got up onstage ourselves. The Ryman tour—a good...
2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Nashville has 108 parks and 19 greenways in its 12,000 acres of open space. One of the most beloved parks, called Centennial, is an urban park with 132 acres in the West End area of town. It's home to a replica of the Parthenon, representing...
1 Symphony Pl, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
With live music—much of it country—on every corner in Nashville, it's easy for visitors to miss the city's stellar symphony. But the magnificent Schermerhorn Symphony Center gives Nashville's classical musicians a grand home. Located...
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