Best places to visit while touring in Nashville, TN
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Your Guide for Visiting, Touring, and Eating Well in the Music City
Seeing the best of the Music City including Music Row, Downtown, Hatch Show Print, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Frist Arts Museum, our Adventure Science Center, Centennial Park, the Parthenon, and the World Famous Loveless Cafe. These are all prime tourist destinations that will allow you to soak up the history, music, and passion of Music City USA.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number One: Music Row and Downtown Nashville
The Music City is a great place to visit and tour. Most folks start on Music Row , Broadway, or 2nd avenue and this is a fantastic place to start. Broadway and 2nd avenue specifically have plenty of live country music and country music themed gift shoppes, so you will have plenty to do. If you’re in the area, Big River or the Nashville Hard Rock Cafe at the end of Broadway is a great place to grab a bite. Demos, which is located on Commerce Street, offers lovely food and service, although the wait may be a bit tiring for those wanting to tour. Alternatively, if you’re more of a sushi person, there is a fantastic sushi place called Ichiban just a 3 minute walk from Broadway which gets rave food reviews from locals and tourists alike. A tour of Broadway would not be complete without visiting Robert’s Western World, the Stage on Broadway, and the world famous Tooties lounge–all of which have live music.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Two: Nashville’s World Famous Hatch Show Print
Also exciting in the Broadway and 2nd Avenue area of Nashville is the world famous Hatch Show Print, which has created amazing posters for country music stars since Nashville became a mecca for music, and specifically country music.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Three: the Country Music Hall of Fame
Initially, the Country Music Hall of Fame is the destination of choice among many travelers to Nashville. After the museum, many tourists opt for a tour of the stars homes. These tours come in all shapes and sizes to pick well.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Four: The Frist Arts Museum
Next, if you’re into art, you may want to visit the Frist Museum , which is just a half mile or a cheap cab fare away from the heart of Downtown Nashville. The Frist is a lovely facility, regularly gets high profile art exhibits, and has a great area just for the kids on the 2nd level. The gift shoppe, I think, is one of the better places to get memorabilia for your Nashville visit.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Five: The Adventure Science Center
If you have kids, a great place to visit is the Adventure Science Center , located about three to four miles from Downtown Nashville. The Adventure Science Center offers a cornucopia of technology and science related exhibits to explore. The gift shoppe also offers unique gifts for those touring in Nashville.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Six: Centennial Park and the Parthenon
Just drive down Broadway a bit and you will be in front of the Parthenon, which features a life sized version of the goddess Athena inside. The Parthenon offers a great journey through history for those visiting. Centennial Park , which is the lovely backdrop for the Parthenon offers all the amenities of a park as well as a lovely floral garden during the spring and summer months in Nashville.
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Seven: Loveless Cafe
Other points of interest include the Loveless Cafe which is a standard tourist stop. Don’t leave without having one of the famous slider biscuits. They seriously hit the spot. Stop by their shoppe and bring home some preserves and good country eating for friends and family at home. (Watch out: this place can have a long wait on the weekends and during the holidays, so plan accordingly. On the upside, it should prove worth it)
Music City Tourist Vacation Destination Number Eight: Franklin Square.
Franklin Tennessee is historical, quaint, and has a great town square. If you are interesting in architechture, Southern culture, or the civil war you can find information and resources about all three in Franklin. Franklin, TN is located around 20 minutes south of Nashville on I-65. Franklin on Foot or Franklin Is may help you find something touristy to do in Franklin.
Plan ahead and enjoy your trip to Nashville!
Online Advice for Visiting Nashville Tennessee: I would also check out Virtual Tourist on Nashville, Trip Advisor, and one of my favorite resources Nashville Yelp for more local hints on touring. These last two have consumer reviews, so you aren’t relying on corporate advertising, but actual experiences of people while vacationing and touring in the Music City. Finally the Nashville version of Where the Locals Eat and Nashville Originals will both have some delightful solutions for your culinary needs while visiting the Music City.
Touring and Vacation in Nashville Resources
Here’s a map of Nashville on Google.