1. Take a stroll on The Honky Tonk Highway. An amazing sight to see and experience while in Nashville! Live music, food, drinks, music history, souvenirs, roof top bars and lots of crowds. Ole Red, owned by one of my favorites, Blake Shelton, was my favorite roof top view and live band music. Visit https://www.visitmusiccity.com/things-to-do/attractions/honky-tonk-highway for more information.
2. When in the Hometown of Country Music, you have to see a live recording at The Grand Ole Opry. It was an entertaining lineup and we also took a backstage tour, which including a lot of history and fun facts. Visit https://www.opry.com/home
3. Take a Mural Scavenger Hunt! Many famous murals that you have seen on social media are located in Nashville. We incorporated them while eating and drinking our way through Nashville.
4. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. We opted for the self-guided audio tour, which highlighted 41 exhibits in the museum. It brought you from the start of country music to present day. This was a great way for my husband, who does not listen to country music, become more familiar with its history and development in the music world. Visit https://countrymusichalloffame.org/
5. Booking a trolley tour was an easy way to see the whole city in a quick amount of time! While on the Old Town Trolley Tour, you can hop on and off at the 15 different stops. You can also stay on the trolley for the whole tour, which lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Visit https://www.trolleytours.com/nashville
6. Visit the Farmers’ Market, located in Bicentennial Park. A unique venue for all things local! Food, drinks and artisans. Saturdays are best with many local vendors who come to visit and sell fresh produce and crafts.
7. Walk through the campus of Vanderbilt University and check out the souvenirs at the campus bookstore, located in Barnes and Noble.
8. If you are brave enough, like my husband, try Hot Chicken (which is fried chicken with different levels of a hot rub, not sauce)! Let’s just say he bit off more than he could chew! It was so hot! We ate at Party Foul, but other popular options include Hattie B’s and Prince’s.
9. Treat yourself! As usual, I ate my way through Nashville! Five Daughters Donuts (Salted Caramel Chocolate) , Goo Goo Chews (Original and Peanut Butter), and GiGi’s Cupcakes (Vanilla Salted Caramel) were my favorites! Visit https://fivedaughtersbakery.com/ , https://gigiscupcakesusa.com/ , and https://googoo.com/
10. Eat local dinner fare favorites. Urban Grub on 12 South was a family recommendation and it did not disappoint! Our waiter created our Grub Experience, which included some Southern Delights, Pork Chops, Collard Greens, Four Cheese Mac ‘n Cheese, Po’ Boys, Biscuits, Letters to Juliet for a drink and an All American Dessert Sampler, which included Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Apple Pie Ala Mode, Churros, Sugar Cookies, and Funnel Cake.
11. Eat, indulge, drink and dine in local and unique shops in various areas, including The Gulch and 12 South. One famous spot is Draper James, owned by one of my favorite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, which is located on 12 South (located near Urban Grub, the “I Believe in Nashville” mural, and Five Daughters Donuts).
12. A movie tip…you hear a lot about Johnny Cash and June Carter and his presence in Nashville, I recommend downloading “Walk the Line” with Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix for your plane ride.
13. Looking for a little R and R while in Nashville, book a room at the J W Marriott. Offers a convenient location near the Country Hall of Fame and a less than 10 minute walk to Honky Tonk Highway. The rooftop pool and spa was an added bonus to our weekend getaway! Visit website at https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnajw-jw-marriott-nashville/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
Have a great vacation y’all!