Nashville Travel Guide

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Nashville Highlights

  • Pro
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     A Taste of Southern Life, Country Music 

  • Con
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     A little too much hee haw for a Yankee girl like me 

  • In a nutshell
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     One of the friendliest cities in America I think! Lots of things to do no matter what you like to do! Visit if you can, go back as often as possible! LOL 

Nashville Things to Do

  • Parthenon

    Originally built for Tennessee's 1897 Centennial Exposition, this replica of the original Parthenon in Athens serves as a monument to what is considered the pinnacle of classical architecture. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals. There are columns all the way around the building which is an...

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  • Grand Ole Opry

    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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  • 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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Nashville Restaurants

  • International

    I am a fan!! I read some reviews and thought.." I want to have my very first Banh Mi from this location!!!" I have been wanting to try one and after reading the reviews, this is where I wanted to go..so after work I stopped here. I had written down a few things from the review I wanted to try.. so when I arrived I went to the man at the counter..he...

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  • Pubs/Microbrew

    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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  • Soul food

    This was my first visit to the Row Kitchen & Pub..I was actually going to the Soulshine Pizza but changed my mind. Wanted to try something new and different. I checked it out on my Yelp app on my phone and they have great reviews. We actually opened the place and it filled up fast. We were seated in the bar area which is so open and airy. It has...

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Nashville Nightlife

  • Bars/Pubs

    Tony and I went to Bailey's Pub and Grille to celebrate my 49th Birthday tonight after work. It was our first time there and it was very nice. The interior is very nice and very roomy, with dark paneling and woodwork. I love the decor inside this restaurant. Half of the restaurant is smoker friendly and the rest is without smoking area and it is a...

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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

  • 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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  • Public Transit

    The Nashville bus system covers most areas you'll want to see within the city, runs on time, and is relatively safe & clean. The drivers were a big help in figuring out how to get around & where to get off the bus. If you're on a budget, this is a great way to save $ on a few days of rental car fees. A bus pass for one week of unlimited rides was...

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  • Grayline~Sightseeing Tours

    This was started by local owners who started a local sightseeing business. Many hands exchanged this business, but with each addition of motorcoaches it grew succesfully. This station is locate right across the parking lot from Fiddlers Inn and here is where we boarded the trolley to downtown.Gray Line of Tennessee2416 Music Valley Drive Suite...

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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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  • Nashville Antique Archaeology

    On Wednesday, April 16, 2014...my sister in laws were visiting from West Virginia and they wanted to go to the American Picker Store...so we did!!!! I guess it's a big tourist thing, I personally don't watch the show and I thought they were outrageous...but I did like the decor and how it was decorated. I love the history of the building that it is...

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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 Bang Candy Company

    Wednesday, April 16, Tony and I went to the Marathon Village with Matt, Lora, Janie, Dakota and Ethan to visit the American Pickers Nashville store..while visiting I stepped next door to check out the candy store..and I am glad I did..will definitely go back soon!!!I was drawn to the store mainly because of the words CANDY on the sign above the...

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  • Turnip Truck Natural Foods Market

    Sunday, April 6th, Tony and I was waiting on our Favorite Five Points Pizza to open and we walked up to the corner and went into the Turnip Truck Natural Market..my first visit. We were very pleased ...it reminded me so much of Whole Foods Market on a tiny scale...so if you lived in the area, then this is your place to go.When I lived in Germany, I...

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  • Take Walk around Historic East Nashville

    Tony and I enjoying just parking and getting out to walk around neighborhoods. The old homes are gorgeous. I love the architecture. I love seeing the Old gates and fences. Seeing the lovely gardens with flowers, bushes and trees. I just love walking around and letting my imagination SOAR !!!

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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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