Nashville. Also known as The Athens of the South or The Protestant Vatican.
The city’s association with country music (hence the nickname Music City), its history, Civil War history, amazing food, and many art centers and museums draw millions of visitors every year.
If you plan to visit the city or are already there and thinking about exploring it, here are some of the best places to visit in Nashville.
Ryman Auditorium has a special place in music history. It’s where music legends June Carter and Johnny Cash met for the first time. Who knew that meeting would, one day, lead to one of the music industry’s most famous romances!
But more importantly, Ryman Auditorium is the birthplace of Bluegrass music.
Further, the auditorium gave a wider audience to country music. And became a stage that saw many talents rise and careers take off.
So this place is not just another music venue. It contains hallowed ground.
You wouldn’t want to miss it if you were in Nashville.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and sharing country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has the largest collection of country music artifacts.
The museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, takes its visitors on a journey into the history of country music. Its collection of artifacts, photographs, text panels, recorded sound, and vintage videos, and interactive touchscreens, help you learn so much about the origins and traditions of country music and many of its architects.
Other notable items in the museum’s collection include Mother Maybelle Carter’s Gibson L-5 guitar, Bill Monroe’s mandolin, Elvis Presley’s 1960 “Solid Gold” Cadillac limousine, and Webb Pierce’s 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible.
A must-visit if you have any interest in music.
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
The Hermitage is the home and resting place of the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. It is one of the most visited and largest presidential homes in the U.S.
The Hermitage is popular for its rich history of cotton farming and the Civil War.
Spanning 1120 acres, the National Historic Landmark has over thirty historic buildings. The grounds are beautiful, and the museum gives a ton of insight into Jackson’s life as well as life in general back in the nineteenth century. You also get some idea of the hardships the slaves had to go through.
One of the highlights of the place is their interactive program — The Duel: The Art of the Southern Gentleman. The program includes an “actual dueling demonstration” by their historic re-enactors. “The Duel” takes place every Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. So plan your visit accordingly.
Located two miles west of downtown Nashville, Centennial Park is a beautiful park for those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The park has jogging paths, a small lake for paddle boating, and plenty of open space for picnics.
But the main attraction is the Parthenon — a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens — that houses an art museum. The art gallery is home to a stunning giant statue of Athena, the ancient Greek goddess. The Parthenon makes you feel like you are in Greece.
Visitors also love to just stroll around the park and feed the ducks and fish in it.
If you are traveling with kids, they will love the experience.
So these were some of the places you must visit if you’re in Nashville. I must add that due to the pandemic, some sections might not be open, or there could be certain restrictions. So make sure you do the necessary research before visiting.
Also, please follow the guideline. Have fun but stay safe.