Nashville Travel Guide

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Nashville Things to Do

  • Parthenon

    4 out of 5 stars

    On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014...Went to the Parthenon with Tony, Matt, Janie, Lora, Ethan and Dakota. The guys and Janie stayed in the van, but Lora and I walked around with Ethan and Dakota. We had a great little walk around the park. The kids enjoyed the wide open spaces..We enjoyed the great views of the building. I had hoped the pond would...

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  • Gaylord Opryland Hotel

    This place is HUGE it had a very New Orleans feel about the inside. It was in atrium form with a lot of plants, waterfalls, and even a river. The parking for the hotel was expensive but you do have the option to park at the mall and walk. We paid extra for the riverboat tour. It was a lot of fun. Our guide was knowledgeable about the hotel and the...

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  • Grand Ole Opry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee that has presented the biggest stars of that genre. Founded on November 28, 1925. It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” It's the show that made country music famous features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and...

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Nashville Restaurants

  • Grills

    4 out of 5 stars

    We stayed at the hotel which is very nice. While we didn't eat there as we were committed to other restaurants, we did stop in for drinks one evening. There was an open mike with various bands playing which was fun. The bartenders were friendly and helpful in suggesting beers to my husband who likes stouts and dark beers. Looked liked a very nice...

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  • International

    4 out of 5 stars

    Came here for lunch today and was very impressed. The restaurant is in a small strip, and next to Subway (where I usually go). I smelled something really good, so decided to try Sphynx. What I smelled was the spit of meat roasting in the back for the gyros. I ordered the beef/lamb gyro, a side of hummus and a small fountain drink - total came to...

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  • Pubs/Microbrew

    4 out of 5 stars

    Today was my day off so after my doctor's appt., my hubby Tony and I went to have an adventure for LUNCH...we love to try NEW places ((( to us ))) in Nashville, so we said...WHY NOT THE JUDGE'S VINEGARROON on Church Street, so we drove over to that section of town.. We went in ..it was about 2: 15pm and the place was empty except for staff and one...

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Nashville Nightlife

  • Bars/Pubs

    Sunday, May 18th, Tony and I decided to go over to the Vanderbilt area and bar crawl or bar hop..whatever you want to call it. We have seen this bar a few times and pasted it many times, so we decided to stop here. We went inside, they just opened at 11am. Albert greeted us. He was so very nice. We ordered a PBR and a soda for only $4.50 with...

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  • Live Music

    We went in to the STAGE...and it is one of the larger places on Broadway but they only had one bartender and no waitresses...so it was hard to get a drink. we stood at the bar for about 10 minutes and still not noticed so we went somewhere still packed but NOT understaffed.. somewhere just as dirty, divey and wanted our money... or at least our...

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  • Dancing/karaoke

    Three stories of fun! Eat dinner, learn a new dance, listen to live music, play some pool on the 3rd floor, and pick up souveniers on your way out the door at the gift shop. Bring the kids too - there is no age limit as long as they're accompanied by an adult. Because of the kids, things stay fairly g-rated here. Yes, they do serve alcohol. Yes,...

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Nashville Transportation

  • Public Transit

    the bus system in nashville and davidson county is extensive. to figure out which buses to take for a particular destination, go to this extremely helpful "trip planner" website -- http://www.nashvillemta.org/Nashville-MTA-Trip-Planner.asp. this website gives you the bus route number, for which you can find detailed maps and schedules at...

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  • Car/parking

    Getting downtown involves driving through a lot of road construction - so a stick shift is not fun. Once there it's fairly easy to drive around, but there isn't anywhere to park unless you want to pay. Believe it or not, finding a free parking space in San Francisco is a piece of cake compared to this! I was wishing I'd taken the city bus like last...

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  • check out a free bike for a nice long...

    thru the nashville "greenBikes" program, you can borrow and ride a bike for free on almost 95 miles of greenway trails and almost 135 miles of bike routes and bike lanes thruout davidson county (you cannot go outside davidson county).check out a bike at one of nine bike stations (see the website for days and open hours; there are ten locations...

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Nashville Shopping

  • Malls

    Shopping at it's best. I love this shopping location because there is everything for anybody. I love all the store choices and the parking lot is very large. All the stores are very large so there is plenty of room to move around and not be too crowded. I try to shop at this location as much as possible. It is the closest to my home if I cut...

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  • Books

    Shopping at Books-A-Million is one of my ZEN experiences !!! I love going into this huge Book store and getting lost. If I won the lottery, I think I would spend a great deal of the winnings here. I love to read and so do my children. They are also Books-A-Million fans. I belong to the points program and carry my discount card to gain points for...

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  • PetSmart

    I love going to PetSmart..I know that its a chain but hey it's animals...everyone should love animals.I love going in so I can talk to the animals, walk with the animals, sing with the animals...until they kick me out screaming "Security get that lady in aisle 9 who is skipping around singing to all the animals"....She's back....No seriously, I do...

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Nashville Local Customs

  • Nashville Volksfest

    Tony and I attended the Volksfest today at Centennial Park and we had a great time..I took a ton of photos with my cell phone, but somehow lost them during the download process to my cell phone but thank goodness I got a few on my camera before my batteries died..We got there about 12:30..We parked and walked across the park enjoying the...

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  • Nashville Flea Market

    The Nashville Flea Market is held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on the fourth Saturday weekend of each month, except in December, when the Flea Market is held on the third weekend. LOTS of vendors selling gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, and anything else you can think of! Admission is FREE! Onsite parking is $5.00...

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  • CMA Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair)

    Held annually the second Thurs-Sun in June, the CMA Music Festival is great fun. Most of the downtown activities/concerts are FREE - several stages of live music, vendors giving free samples (Ice Cream!!), and other things to see and do. If you opt for the 4-day pass (available for about $130 per person), you also get: access to the Autograph...

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Nashville Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic/transportation

    Tennessee has a "Move-Over Law", the gist of which is: if you see a moving emergency vehicle, you are to move to the far right lane and stay there when possible and safe to do so. This is the case in most states. However, it further states that, if you should see a STATIONARY emergency or recovery vehicle, you should also remove yourself one lane...

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  • Springwater

    Methinks NOT NOT NOT!!!Tony and I stepped into the place looking for HOG HEAVEN...and we were in the wrong place...definitely the wrong place. It is definitely a dive...and I know Dives..I am from West Virginia and we have a ton of dive bars...so this reminded of all the dives I have be in back home..I would not go here again!Too Dirty!!The people...

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  • Wear your (comfy) walking shoes

    If you plan on going downtown, be warned - it is very hilly. Unless you are sure you can park close to your destination, might be a good idea to leave the "cute shoes" in the closet and go comfy instead.

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Nashville Tourist Traps

  • Opryland Resort Hotel Just say NO!

    Anything you can see or do here you can easily do elsewhere and for a LOT less money. We were completely disappointed and offended by the cost of EVERYTHING and low-class service for such a self-proclaimed high class establishment. the building and gardens are truly impressive. Take the local mass transit out there and walk through it. But eat and...

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  • Cars & Stars Museum of Music Valley

    Entering thru the dusty, musty gift shop, the counter person will start a video describing what you will be looking at. Most of the cars do NOT belong to the stars - there is a picture of a famous person/movie/tv show displayed beside a SIMILAR car of that era. Not very large - had maybe 30 cars and several motorcycles and other "vehicles". My dad...

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  • Music Valley Wax Museum - too hokey for...

    I've been to good wax museums (Madame Tusseaud's, Hollywood Wax Museum), and I've been to bad wax museums (New Orleans Wax Museum, Canadian Wax Museum) - this definitely falls in the latter category. It's moderately priced ($10 adult), but it feels old and dusty inside, and I couldn't tell who most of the figures were supposed to be. The ones you...

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Nashville What to Pack

  • Expect rain in the summer and cold in...

    Anytime you are in Nashville it's a good idea to pack an umbrella.In the summer, pack light layers of clothes and a waterproof jacket.In the winter, pack heavier layers and a coat. (Yes, it snows sometimes.)If you are planning on walking in the downtown area, wear tennis shoes--lots of hills.

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  • Hot & Muggy Summers and Cold Winters!

    What ever your means of travel will accomodate. As in all areas, money and credit cards are best kept on you body and not in handbags or totes. Summer: light clothing and comfortable shoes for walking hills. Winter: warm, layered clothing and again comfortable shoes. The weather is changeable. Nashville has many pharmacies including some open...

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Nashville Off The Beaten Path

  • The Parthenon

    The plaque reads:The world’s only replica of the Parthenon, epitome of Greek culture, was the central building at Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition, May 1 thru October 31, 1897. The original temple, dedicated to Athena, Greek Goddess of Wisdom occupied the most scared area in ancient Greece, the crest of the Acropolis, a hill overlooking...

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  • La Hacienda Bakery and Groceries

    I needed some bread for dinner tonight and decided to stop in to grab some..This place is really large inside and OMG..there are so many nice bakery items to choose from. I grabbed two large rolls for dinner for .59 cents each. Great buy..and perfect for dinner.Then in the bakery case , among the beautiful decorated cakes, I decided on a slice of...

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  • Ava and Zoe's

    Sunday, May 18, Tony and I went to the Farmer's Market and there was this new little booth featuring Ava and Zoe's products.They had several different items to try out and sample. They had various fruit spreads, jams and jellies with crackers and cream cheese to check out. I loved the different flavors and tried several.They also had some wonderful...

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Nashville Sports & Outdoors

  • Donelson Strike & Spare - Bowling Fun!

    OK, first off - is bowling a sport?? I don't know, but we sure had fun! I had a Groupon for Strike & Spare, and this one on Lebanon Road was the closest location. I've been coming to this strip mall for THREE YEARS and never knew it was there! You have to walk behind and downstairs to get to the bowling alley. Kind of old fashioned, but I was...

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  • AAA Baseball - the Nashville Sounds

    The Nashville Sounds are the AAA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Smallish stadium (I was spoiled by Zephyr Stadium in New Orleans), but a nice park. Tickets are cheap ($14 for gameday seats; $12 if purchased in advance), and there are many promotional days ($1 hot dog nights!). A fun, all-American day at the ballpark! Bring a hat for day...

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  • A Hike for Non-Hikers

    My boyfriend and I had a nice little hike around Radnor Lake after a gorge at Monell's nearby. Boy did we need that hike. There were beautiful yellow and red leaves everywhere--beautiful in Autumn! I recommend this hike for non-hikers or just people with legs! It's a super easy hike with beautiful views. You just need your legs! I didn't have any...

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Nashville Favorites

  • Hiking around Radnor Lake in Nashville,...

    This lovely park is located about 7 miles from our home in Nashville. We love to go here and walk. If you walk the entire circumference of the lake it is 2 1/2 miles..easy terrain..we walked it in 1 hr 20 minutes..we are trying to beat that...

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  • Rural Tennessee

    In my travels in Tennessee I spent a good deal of time in the rural parts of the state. I have driven the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway twice, spending the night along the route once, I passed through northeastern Tennessee once, and on another occasion I spent three days in the small town of Savannah.East Tennessee is dominated by...

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  • Nashville -- The City

    Nashville, with a population of about 600,000 people, is the capital of Tennessee. The town, originally a fort, was established in 1779 and was incorporated as a city in 1806. In the Civil War, Tennessee was in the South, but Nashville quickly became the first state capital to fall to the North. Downtown's main entertainment area is called the...

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