Why You Must Visit Nashville

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Nashville could be the perfect place to take a US city break. What’s so great about Nashville? From country music to great food, this post explains some of the great reasons to visit this city.

Live music

Nashville is primarily known for its rich musical heritage. Many country and rock artists hail from this city ranging from Dolly Parton to Taylor Swift. Nashville also played an important part in launching the careers of artists like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

The city’s live music scene is renowned around the world. Ryman Auditorium is one of its most famous and historic music venues, helping to launch the careers of many country stars. There’s also the Grand Ole Opry, where live performances are broadcasted live on the radio. On top of these larger music venues, there are so many smaller venues dedicated to all styles of music. Many of its music bars are very historic and have a lot of character. 

Fascinating museums

There are all kinds of fascinating museums to be found in Nashville. This of course includes many music museums, but also museums dedicated to art, science, transport and general history 

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the most popular museums and is a great place to learn about the history of Country. There’s also the Johnny Cash Museum where you can learn all about the career of Johnny Cash. Noelle and 21C meanwhile have some incredible art exhibitions, while Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is the home of the 7th US president and is a great place for learning about American history in Nashville.  

Quirky sights

Nashville is brimming with all kinds of quirky sights. You’ll stumble across all kinds of weird and wonderful things just by wandering around. 

A few notable sights include the concrete replica of Ancient Greek monument The Parthenon, George Boedecker’s Sculpture Garden full of dinosaurs and the bright neon signs and window displays of Honky Tonk Highway. 

Great food

If you want to try some of the best food in the south, Nashville is definitely a city worth travelling to. There are some fantastic restaurants here where you can try traditional classics such as hot chicken, mac and cheese and collard greens.

There are many fine dining restaurants around Sobro and Edgehill that are ideal for a romantic dinner (check out this post if you need more Nashville date night ideas). There are also many family friendly diners and gourmet burger joints. If you love whisky, be sure to take a tour of one of the city’s many distilleries.

Unique shopping

Nashville is also a shopper’s paradise. It has lots of fun and unusual independent stores – even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll enjoy browsing them.

For antiques and vintage clothing, head to East Nashville where you’ll find a maze of small little shops. Green Hills is meanwhile a busier shopping district where you’ll find a mix of indie stores and large luxury brand stores. There’s also the Nashville Farmers Market, which is full of local foods and crafts.

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