Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, is known for much more than being a capital. This city is vibrant bustling with musical talent, delicious food, and some of the coolest structures around! This guide to Nashville will help you experience the city has to offer in 24 hours!
There are so many good areas around Nashville to stay in. I think it’s best to stay downtown since its central location allows you to explore the city and always be relatively close to your lodging. That being said, there are so many hotel chains, Airbnb, and rentals in Nashville.
Staying nearby is recommended because renting a car isn’t very practical; There are very few places to park your car and a majority of the sights and things to do are nearby. Also, the roads are very odd, and these odd roads make driving a bit of a stressful situation!
During my trip, I stayed in the Mint House which was perfect! It was very close to downtown, the restaurants, and some of the coolest areas in Nashville. I was able to take very inexpensive Ubers around the city, most of which were under $10.
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Be ready bright and early, this is going to be a long day! First things first: breakfast. When you wake up in the music city one of the nicest places for breakfast is Biscuit Love located in the Gulch area of the city. This area is a high-end uptown area where everything is well polished and expensive looking!
If you plan to come to Biscuit Love get up early! There is typically a queue out the door for this restaurant but the food is so delicious and well worth it! On my visit, Amelia’s Flower Truck was parked outside which made for a perfect activity while waiting for a table. They change their parking locations daily so check the site if you’d like to purchase some of their flowers or, take pictures of yourself as I did!
Afterward, I’d recommend taking the quick walk to a wonderful coffee shop called Barista Parlor Golden Sound. It’s a good place to de-stress and recharge from that breakfast with this relaxing coffee shop with chemist decor!
Now that we’re all recharged and ready to go, let’s head to Midtown. This area is mostly known for three things: clubs, Vanderbilt University, and The Parthenon. You read correctly! There is a full-sized replica of The Athenian Parthenon in Midtown Nashville! It is located in the center of Centennial Park and is one of the most notable items in the city.
Weather permitting, take a stroll in Centennial Park and take in the beautiful greenery, wonderful atmosphere of music on a walk along the trails of the park. Once you’re ready, head to The Parthenon and for a few dollars ($6.00 USD) you can see the 19th and 20th-century American art that the museum contains.
After the museum, head to 12 South to check out Draper James – a store by American Actress Reese Witherspoon and take pictures with the famous “I believe in Nashville) mural. The store is adorable and so is the surrounding area! You must visit to soak in the cool vibes, explore the shops, take some more photos, and grab the famous ice cream from Jenni’s Splendid Ice Cream – I highly recommend the Bumbleberry Crisp flavor!
After exploring you’ll be hungry and tired, so head back to your hotel for a quick siesta and get ready to grab dinner at Hattie B’s. This icon of a restaurant is famous for its fried chicken, in particular, their Nashville not chicken! KFC has got nothing on this joint! When I say I was in true heaven, I mean it. Do yourself a huge favor and don’t leave Nashville without sampling this favorite!
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At this point you’ll certainly understand that Nashville is “Music City, U.S.A” and while here why not visit a venue? The Listening Room Cafe has live talent that includes some more notable names in country music and it will touch your soul! I wasn’t prepared and didn’t purchase tickets in advance, although fortunately there were tickets still available in the morning and I was able to purchase those!
Another local spot for live music is Blue Bird Cafe, but they do tend to sell out in advance so be prepared! For a good reference, here’s a list of other local venues to check out for music.
The last thing you’ll need to do is to check out Broadway. This road is the Mecca for American Bachelorette parties and has all the clubbing, live music, souvenirs, and honkey tonks! One of the most impressive things about this area is the bars here. A majority of them are three or more stories tall and each floor is playing different music! My favorite is Jason Andean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar. This place has over 6 different rooms each playing its own type of music ranging from country music on the first floor and a Disco on the third! This place cannot be missed!
From here, it’s time to head back! Hopefully, it’s about 2 am and you’re beyond ready to catch your flight! As long as you have stories to tell and remember Nashville as a vibrant city full of fun, flavors and an amazing time then you did it right!
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