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Nashville, Tennessee is a southern belle of a city. Famous for its country music scene, the place just oozes with charm and culture, perfect for a family holiday down south. Base yourself in Downtown Nashville for a real taste of southern life. This is where it all happens and you’ve got museums, shops, restaurants and the famous Honky Tonk Highway. One thing that shouldn’t be missed is a meal at Jack’s where you can dig into some of the south’s tastiest fried dishes between sightseeing.Honky Tonk Highway is home to some of the south’s best country music clubs. From the world famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge with four music stages, to the laidback Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar and Grill which boasts an outdoor patio with an incredible view of Nashville's Broadway. Whether you like country, western, blues, rockabilly or Americana, you’ll have a rootin’ tootin’ good time in Nashville’s Honky Tonks.
You can’t avoid the musical theme here, so starting at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, you can learn about the history of country music. However, the best way to learn is always through experience, so make sure you book tickets for a concert at one of Nashville’s famous venues. Choose from the Ryman Auditorium, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music”, where you can take a backstage tour or even record your own song in the Ryman recording studio, or watch a show at the Grand Ole Opry to see some of the south’s country and blues legends.
More about Nashville
If you’re an Elvis fan, take a tour of RCA Studio B where The King recorded many of his best songs, or if you’re more into Johnny Cash, there’s the Johnny Cash Museum on 3rd Avenue, but even if country music isn’t your bag, Nashville’s charm and warmth will win you over.For a little of something different, head out of the city centre to visit the beautiful Fontanel Mansion or Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, the former president’s home and gardens.
Or for even more natural wonders, the Opryland Hotel Gardens are home to a beautiful atrium complete with a giant topiary elephant, or the beautiful Radnor Lake State Park where you can hike or birdwatch, or even spot some deer if you’re lucky. This 1,200-acre park has 6 different hiking trails and benefits from being a good 10 degrees cooler than the city.Music, culture, laidback charm and enough fried food to satisfy even an Elvis sized appetite is what you’ll find down in Nashville, Tennessee, so round up the family and head down south for a real good ole’ time.
Top 5 things to do in Nashville
Spend the day at a music festival
If you’re in Nashville during summer, there’s plenty of outdoor music events to enjoy. Bluebird on the Mountain is a great one for its pretty setting, but Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards, and Live on the Green at Public Square Park are also fantastic choices for the whole family.
Get out of the city for an adventure
If you’ve had enough of the city heat, escape to the country at Natchez Hills winery where you can taste, tour or explore. The nearby Music City Zip Lines is worth a trip too for exploring the Tennessee treetops in an exciting activity the whole family will love.
Soak up the country music vibe
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can discover decades of country music and incredible exhibitions including Elvis' gold Cadillac limo. Afterwards grab a bite at one of the museum’s restaurants for some traditional Southern fried favourites then hit up the huge gift shops for a spot of souvenir shopping.
Travel back to ancient Greece
While there’s no escaping the country music in Nashville, you can travel back to ancient Greece at the Parthenon, a full-scale reproduction of the ancient Athens icon. Nestled in amongst the pretty trees of Centennial Park, it’s the perfect place for a picnic, or even a music festival if you’re lucky!
Sip a bourbon in one of Nashville’s music clubs
Hit the clubs of Nashville’s famous Honky Tonk Highway for a true taste of the southern music scene. The clubs pump out music here from 10am till 3am and boast some of the finest musical acts around. Try Layla's Bluegrass Inn or Tootsie's Orchid Lounge for larger than life southern soul.
10 facts about Nashville
The original Grand Ole Opry show took place in the Ryman Auditorium but was constantly moved around as the event grew in popularity.
The Johnny Cash Museum is home to the biggest collection of Johnny Cash artefacts and memorabilia in the entire world.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the world’s biggest museums and research centres for the study and preservation of American music.
The historic RCA Studio B has recorded such legendary artists as Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and Chet Atkins. Elvis recorded over 200 songs there.
One of Nashville’s favourite snacks is an iconic sweet made of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and marshmallow called GooGoos, short for Grand Ole Opry.
Elvis only ever made one Opry performance in 1954. He was politely told that his style didn’t suit the listeners, little did they know he would be a star.
Nashville’s’ Observatory sits on one of the city’s tallest hilltops and is open to visitors. It houses the Seyfert Telescope.
The Grand Ole Opry has the world’s longest-running radio show. It has been running for 90 years and is still going strong!
Nashville’s Parthenon is the only full-scale reproduction of the Athens Parthenos in the world. It stands 42 feet high and houses an art gallery and museum.
Opryland USA was an amusement park from 1972 to 1997. Nicknamed the "Home of American Music" it drew in millions of visitors.