Must See Things in Nashville, Tennessee
There is certainly no shortage of fun things to see and do in Nashville, Tennessee. Dubbed “Music City,” the biggest problem you may have is in deciding which places you want to visit the most during the time you have there. If it is your first excursion to this city, there just happens to be a list of the top ten attractions that you cannot miss.
You can use this list as a base for your own personal one and go from there.
Following are the top ten places that most people agree are must see attractions while touring Nashville, Tennessee:
Grand Ole Opry:
Obviously, if you are in the vicinity, you don’t want to miss this famous country music show. It has been the launching pad for the careers of many legendary country music stars in history and, even today, rising stars are still discovered here. It is always a surprise to see which stars will show up for that night, which adds a bit more excitement to the overall experience. The Grand Ole Opry is open 124 days a year beginning in April and running through the end of December.
The General Jackson Showboat Lunch and Dinner Cruises:
Climb aboard the General Jackson to enjoy awesome country music, tasty food and amazing sights for either lunch or dinner. Each cruise provides a high energy performance of country music and some of the most delectable food you have ever put in your mouth. Either cruise type is wonderful but the dinner cruise may prove to be more romantic. Available for 268 days a year beginning in March.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum:
Thrill to viewing 40,000 square feet of music memorabilia, rare recordings, and country music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There are so many items contained within these walls that it literally takes up one full city block. It is open 275 days yearly beginning in March.
Nashville Zoo: This zoo has been voted one of the top zoos in the U.S. and contains everything ranging from a rare macaw to normal frogs. The diversity of animals is remarkable and makes this a memorable experience. The zoo is open 276 days a year beginning in March.
Belle Meade Plantation:
For those fascinated with the 1800s antebellum south, this is a place not to be missed. Dating back to 1853, this plantation is perfectly preserved right up to some authentic magnolia trees and gardens that make you feel as if you have taken a step back in time. Once the breeding place of some of the world’s best race horses, today such well-known horses like Secretariat and Seabiscuit claim ancestry to the Belle Meade Plantation. Experience firsthand what it was like to live on a horse breeding plantation during the 1800s. It is open 273 days a year starting in March.
The Hermitage: Once the home of President Andrew Jackson, this estate is a perfect example of the1800s antebellum south. It has been painstakingly preserved with the creation of a small museum open to visitors. This attraction is open 260 days a year starting in March.
Learn what it feels like to stand on the stage where many country music legends got their start. The Ryman Auditorium offers self-guided tours for guests to explore the museum and building on their own. Enjoy this one 276 days a year beginning in March.
Ryman Bluegrass Nights: To enjoy the ultimate bluegrass entertainment show, visit the Ryman Bluegrass Nights. This is the way to get the full bluegrass experience firsthand while hearing some amazing music. You can only catch this one in June and July so you need to plan ahead.
Hard Rock Café: This is a must see while you are in Nashville to view memorabilia from famous country music artists and dine on some of the best food you will find anywhere. Enjoy one of the best experiences in Nashville.
The Nashville Unpublished Walking Tour: Take a break and see Nashville in a different light. Be regaled with stories of tragedy, villains, war and brothels. You will be told stories about some very famous music legends as well as ghost stories while walking around well-known sites and landmarks.
Transportation and Dining
It is relatively simple to get around Nashville for tourists and residents alike. A designated bus runs back and forth from Downtown Music City and the Nashville International Airport for a nominal fee. The Downtown Circulator is a clean diesel hybrid that is free as well as convenient if you need to travel in downtown and the Gulch.
As for dining, you will have the option of room service at your hotel to fast and delicious dining at Denny’s to 5 star restaurants. There is food for every taste and budget. You just have to know what you want.
As you can see, Nashville, Tennessee can be a great place to journey or travel dating, if you prefer. Either way, you can bet you will have the time of your life.
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