Nashville is the most populous and largest city in the US state of Tennessee. The city is located on the Cumberland River. Aptly named "Music City", Nashville is filled with music bars, recording studios, and concert halls. The city also boasts numerous universities and colleges. From beautiful parks, museums all the way to some of the most innovative culinary scenes, Nashville has fun and exciting things to do for people from every demographic.
Here is a list of some of the top-rated attractions in Nashville.
One of the most iconic landmark in Nashville, Parthenon is the famous full-scale reproduction of the one found in Athens. You can check out the 42-foot statue of the Greek goddess Athena and art museum consisting of 63 works by 19th and 20th century American painters. This famous building is located in the Centennial Park and is a short walk from the city center. Built in 1897 out of wood to commemorate the state's centenary, the Parthenon was later rebuilt in cement. Over the years, the Parthenon has become one of the most popular and beloved attraction in Nashville. The Centennial park is also a popular recreation area offering a wide variety of activities.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is set in a fascinating building with tall windows resembling keys on a piano. The building houses some of the largest music collections in the country. You can take an interactive self-guided tour through the "Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music" exhibit which spans two floors.
The museum is filled with photos, plaques and musical instruments from some of the most famous musicians. Two of the most popular artifacts among tourists are Elvis Presley's Gold Piano and Carl Perkins' suede shoes. It doesn't matter how big you are on country music, you will for sure be impressed by this well thought out and organized collection of country history.
If you are not a big fan of soaking up the country music through museums, head to one or several of the many bars along the Lower Broadway. Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the entertainment district extends a four street block and is packed with restaurants, music venues, and bars. Because of the numerous live acts being hosted at these establishments, Lower Broadway is also known as Honky Tonk Highway.
Walking at night along the Lower Broadway is a must do during your visit to Nashville. You will see neon-lit blocks, rooftop bars with lights and swimming pools and each estabishment with its a unique fun-filled environment.
Nashville has some of the most beautiful views of Cumberland River. Also called as "Riverfront Play Space", Cumberland park is a perfect place to have fun and entertainment with family. The park has bike paths, climbing structures, and gardens. During summer you can cool off at the popular splash pad.
You can take a stroll along the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge for beautiful skyline views of the city. Durign nighttime, Cumberland Park organizes several outdoor concerts at its amphitheater.
Tennessee State Prison
If you like movies, chances are that you have already seen this medieval looking castle with spiked towers. Tennessee State Prison has featured in movies like The Green Mile, Against the Wall, and Ernest Goes to Jail. While the facility today is an abandoned facility you aren't allowed to go inside but you can drive up and take pictures. One way to get inside is to sign-up for marathons and ghost tours that are given permissions to carry out their operations on the prison's ground.