Welcome to Music City! As the country music capital of the world and the state capital of Tennessee, Nashville provides non-stop entertainment and cultural events, complete with its own distinctive take on Southern charm. Perched on the fertile banks of the Cumberland River, the city is home to many historic plantations, museums, and Civil War sites. Playing host to major conferences and music shows, such as the Country Music Association (CMA) Festival and Awards, Nashville is home to the massive Gaylord Convention Center, Music City Hall, Tennessee State Fairgrounds and famous Grand Ole Opry. Music City has fittingly captured the ambitions and hearts of dozens of famous performers, including Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Johnny Cash, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood, to name a few, who have collectively written many a song about their experiences here. Nashville is also the proud hometown of the Tennessee Titans (LP Field), Nashville Predators (Bridgestone Arena), Tennessee State University, Fisk University, and Vanderbilt University. Also known as a “foodie city," Nashville is famous for its hot fish, barbecue, and “meat and three" dishes, earning it the nickname, “The Hot Chicken Capital." No matter how long you plan on staying or how many times you’ve been before, Nashville is sure to produce a nostalgic, feel-good, classic American vacation.
Downtown Nashville resembles many other major cities but comes with a twist known as “the District." While the downtown area apart from the district is vibrant in its own right, the Lower Broadway, Printer’s Alley, and Second Avenue areas that make up “the District" bring the city to life, especially at night. With shops, restaurants, historic music landmarks, nightclubs, and Nashville’s famous honky tonk bars (bars centered around performances from aspiring country singers), the District is the place hang out. To the west, the Gulch neighborhood is also considered to be a hot, up-and-coming part of town, as trendy bars, upscale restaurants, and modern apartments continue to open in the area. 8th Avenue South and 12th Avenue South, are experiencing a renaissance of sorts, converting old buildings and once abandoned shops into local coffee shops, pubs, comfort food restaurants, and boutique shops.The eastern-most part of Nashville, Music Valley, contains massive attractions like the Grand Ole Opry, Opry Mills Mall, and Gaylord Opryland. Other popular neighborhoods include bustling Midtown, upscale West End, charming Donelson, and quirky East Nashville.
Things to do in Nashville
For country music fans, visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and attending a show at the Grand Ole Opry are an absolute must. Other famous historic entertainment destinations include the Ryman Auditorium, Belcourt Theatre, and the many “honky tonk" bars, the most well-known of which is Robert’s Western World. The stomping grounds for thousands of college students, Nashville has become increasingly popular for its large selection of unique bars and nightlife options in recent years. A trip to Centennial Park will give you a taste of Greece, with its full-scale replica of Athens’ Parthenon, while the sunken gardens will remind you of France’s Giverny Gardens. Be transported back in time with a lively General Jackson Showboat dinner cruise, a visit to Civil War sites Fort Nashborough and Fort Negley, or a peaceful stroll through Hermitage, former president Andrew “Old Hickory" Jackson’s plantation. You will never run out of places to see and things to do in this high-energy city!
The biggest city in Tennessee, Nashville is likewise the easiest to reach. The Nashville International Airport makes arriving at your final destination a brief affair with a 10-15 minute drive or shuttle bus ride. Nashville’s MTA bus and trolley system help transport you to all of the different attractions around the metro area without hassle or breaking the bank. Calling a cab or renting a car is otherwise the most popular form of transportation. Tripping.com’s diverse inventory ranging from historic countryside log cabins to newly renovated downtown apartments covers the Nashville experience on all fronts.