Nashville is known as the music city, and rightfully so. There have been so many famous records recorded here, and it’s where several famous musicians and singers got their start. All the fame in this city has led to the creation of some cool and really memorable tourist attractions in Nashville, Tennessee!
10. Belle Meade Plantation
This historic site was built in 1807, and was once a working plantation and famous thoroughbred horse stud farm. Today you can take tours with friends around the grounds and through the home and outer buildings. During the tour you will learn about how the plantation was affected by the civil war, the home’s history, and the history of the people that once lived there. After the tour head over towards the winery and enjoy a free wine tasting. Tours are conducted 7 days a week; however, they are closed for major holidays.
9. State Capitol
The state capital of Tennessee sits on a hilltop in downtown Nashville. The grand building with several large white columns can be seen from far away. There are free-guided tours available hourly Monday thru Friday, not weekend though. Visitors will have to pass through a metal detector. President James K. Polk is buried here. If a legislative meeting is in session; visitors are welcome to sit in the galleries to observe either the Senate or House of Representatives meeting. After the tour the park right outside the capital building is worth a relaxing stroll through to wind down the day.
8. Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
The unique thing about the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is that it celebrates the work of all genres. This extensive exhibition has artifacts and instruments from many famous artists. Some famous artists featured within the museum include; The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hank Williams Sr., George Harrison, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and more! The exhibits also include information about what the stars were like before they became famous. An impressive amount of information is here for any music aficionado to discover! The museum is closed on Sundays and for scheduled special events.
7. The Parthenon
Located in Centennial Park, this Parthenon imitation is the only full-scale replication of the famous Parthenon in Athens, Greece. After you have finished taking pictures of the impressive columns and carvings at the top; step inside to tour the art gallery. The gallery is not huge, so don’t plan to spend more than an hour or two here, unless time slips by as you stand and marvel the 42 foot gold statue of Athena. This statue is also a replica of the one in Greece, and it sure is impressive, in fact a perfect romantic spot! The Parthenon is closed on Mondays.
6. Schermerhorn Symphony Center
When making your list of all the places to visit in Nashville, Tennessee the Schermerhorn Symphony Center should be at the top of your list. The rising columns, marble floors, and grand chandeliers create an impressive ambiance for any performance. The center was designed for spectacular acoustics, and the artists never disappoint. The center is home to the seven time GRAMMY winner since 2000, the Nashville Symphony. If you are not able to make it to a show, they offer guided tours a few times a week. They are led by volunteers, so call in advance to find out when they are available.
5. The Johnny Cash Museum
This gallery is perfect for any Johnny Cash fan, and if you are not a fan; you very well may be by the time you leave! It holds the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia around the world. Known as “the man in black” Johnny Cash was loved around the world. The museum contains some of his clothing, awards, and many other things collected throughout his time of fame. His compositions plays as you walk around the exhibition hall. The displays are very informative, and the videos are very entertaining. They are open 7 days a week.
4. RCA Studio B
This building is completely unimpressive from the outside, but step inside and stand in the same place that Elvis Presley stood to record 260 songs! The studio still has the piano used by Elvis Presley as well as several other artifacts. Other famous musicians that used this recording studio include; Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Lee Ann Rimes. There is a ton of history packed into this recording studio. It is the only recording studio in Nashville that is open for public tours. Tours are held daily every hour between 10:30 and 2:30.
3. The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
There are three Presidents that were born in Tennessee and one Vice President. While in Nashville take the time to visit the ancestral home of President Andrew Jackson. Over 15 million guests have visited this home since it opened for the public. You can explore many buildings on the 1,120 acre National Landmark. Don’t forget to stop at the museum and learn more about the life of President Andrew Jackson. Self-guided audio guides are available, or if you have more time, guided tours are also available. It is recommended that you allow a minimum of 2 hours for your visit; although, you could easily spend an entire day here.
2. Ryman Auditorium
This majestic concert hall is one of the most famous concert halls in the history of country music. The auditorium was originally built in 1892 for people to listen to the local reverend give a sermon, but after he passed it was used more and more for community events, and eventually for concerts. From 1943 to 1974 the auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry, which gave the Ryman Auditorium its fame. They are open for tours daily. Tours are typically self-guided; however, a backstage tour available as well.
1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This establishment is a tribute to country music through the ages. Known as the “Smithsonian of country music,” its vast galleries and artifacts have been educating its visitors about this genre of music and musicians for years. There’s so much to see and hear in this exhibition hall; it is a fun trip for the whole family, even for the kids! The museum has over 2 million items in its collection, so exhibits are changed regularly. Tours are self-guided, and it is recommended that you give yourself at least 2 hours for a visit.
There are so many fun things to do in Nashville, Tennessee! This city has so much music history. There is something for every music enthusiast to enjoy within this marvelous city. For every tour available to enjoy during the day; there is an equally excellent show or concert to attend in the evening. The best time to visit the city is between April and October.