Nashville, Tennessee: Unique Attractions in Music City
Nashville, Tennessee offers more than 120 venues where you can listen to jazz, country, bluegrass, rock, pop or classical music. And beyond the music, there’s so much more to see in this thriving city. I was really looking forward to experiencing the unique attractions of the world music capital, also known as Music City, in person.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
You can’t say you visited Nashville without saying you saw the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This tremendous and gorgeous structure is known as the world’s largest popular music museum, and I don’t doubt it after visiting! I easily spent several hours exploring the museum and could have stayed longer.
There were loads of exhibits to view, my favourite being the artefacts collection that displayed all sorts of fascinating country music memorabilia and objects – from cars, to microphones, to stage costumes and more. There is also a restaurant and several great shops to find that perfect music memorabilia from your visit.
If you’re looking for a fantastic music tour, the RCA Studio B tour departs daily from the museum. RCA Studio B is often considered the cradle of the “Nashville Sound” and it’s where Elvis Presley recorded over 200 of his songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson and many more have recorded classic country and pop hits here.
Centennial Park and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
After a quick lunch break, our trip takes us to Nashville’s Centennial Park, located in West End/ Vanderbilt, where we stroll among colourful flowers and over small bridges to the Parthenon, an impressive building and the world’s only replica of the iconic Greek landmark. There are maintained pathways to walk, run and cycle on. This is a great place to picnic with the family and enjoy the beautifully manicured lawns.
Afterwards we drive to the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, a 55-acre pristine landscape and home to an art museum, formerly the mansion of Leslie Cheek Sr. and Mabel Wood Cheek. There was an amazing David Rogers’ BIG BUGS exhibit in the gardens, which included enormous wooden insect sculptures of ants, spiders, a praying mantis and more. There are also 12 themed gardens to explore. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet in the Japanese garden.
Tour the Local Breweries
I got a recommendation to visit a couple of Nashville’s local breweries, and I’m glad I did. At the Black Abbey Brewing Company, I had the opportunity to tour the brewery while learning about its history. Plus, I sampled the Belgian-style ales they’re known for. Another favourite is Tennessee Brew Works, where I kicked back in their taproom and enjoyed beers and beer-inspired food in true Nashville style – accompanied by live music from local artists.
Nashville is a fascinating travel destination that impressed us with its music, attractions and lively charm!