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7 Best Things to do in Nashville

Check out our list of the 7 Best Things to do in Nashville to have a great trip! Nashville is called the city of music and is considered the American capital of country music. Indeed, the music can be felt at every turn! What are the best activities to do in Nashville? How to plan a perfect trip to this city? Where can you hear the best live concerts in Nashville? Where’s a good place to eat and where to stay? Read our Nashville travel guide.

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best things to do in Nashville: music city buildlings

7 Best Things to Do in Nashville – Introduction

Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, located on the Cumberland River, is a delight by day and night. This is a city where you will not be bored. Just as New Orleans is jazz’s capital, Nashville is country music’s capital. You can hear American country music in many places and listen to rock or pop music. Moreover, Nashville is also famous for gospel music. Every music lover will find a place for himself in Nashville.

If you plan a trip to Nashville, book an overnight stay to experience its unique, joyful, and musical atmosphere. Nashville is a great city to go out with friends and celebrate important life events like birthdays, promotions, graduations, and engagements. It is the perfect place for bachelor and bachelorette parties. We tell you the best things to do in Nashville to help you plan an amazing trip.

The Stage on Broadway in Nashville
Nashville streets by night

Where is Nashville?

Nashville is situated on the River Cumberland. It is the capital of Davidson County and Tennessee state. The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin metropolitan area has a population of approximately 2 million.

How to get to Nashville?

  • From Memphis, Tennessee, it is about 212 miles and 3 hours and 15 minutes of driving via I-40.
  • If you are going from Saint Louis, Missouri, it is 309 miles and 4 hours and 45 minutes of driving via I-64 E and I-24 E.
  • Jazz capital New Orleans, Louisiana, is 532 miles and 7 hours 45 minutes of driving via I-59 N and I-65 N.
  • Atlanta, Georgia, is 250 miles and 5 hours of driving via I-75 N and I-24 W.

Nashville also has Nashville International Airport with a good transport network. From the airport to Nashville downtown, you can get by bus. Check buses and shuttle pick up from the airport.

Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville

How to get around Nashville?

If you arrive by plane in the city, take a bus or taxi to the center. You can quickly move around on foot, by public transport, taxis, and Uber. If you come to Nashville by car, make sure you rent a hotel with parking. Finding a parking spot in the city center is a huge problem, so the best option is using public transport options.

Driving or renting a car in Nashville is not a good idea in this city, especially if you plan to have a few drinks in the clubs and enjoy the music.

An excellent idea for getting around the city is to buy a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off trolley bus. Thanks to this, you will see the main attractions in Nashville during the day.

Where to stay in Nashville?

Most attractions and the best things to do in Nashville are downtown. The best idea is to find a hotel in the city center. Thanks to this, you can enjoy your nightlife in Nashville without worrying about getting to your room in the middle of the night.

The most colorful and loudest is Nashville’s main street, Broadway Street. It is here, but not only that, most bars, restaurants, pubs, and shops are concentrated. This place is bustling with life and captivated by its specific climate – both during the day and at night.

We stayed in Hayes Street Hotel Nashville, and we can recommend it. The bed was very comfortable, and the room was clean and spacious. The location is perfect. But you will find many more hotels to suit all your budgets in the city.

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 things to do in Nashville: live concert in Legends Corner

What are the 7 best things to do in Nashville?

It is our subjective list of attractions and things to do in Nashville that we experienced ourselves. The list of attractions is much longer, but in this article, we share our top things to do in Nashville, which gave us the most joy and which we would like to repeat. We divided it into the best things to do during the day and night.

Best Things to Do in Nashville during the day

See the highlights of Nashville

Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Blue Bird Café. The capital of Tennessee and country music also has a fantastic downtown with shopping, dining, and entertainment. The main nightlife is along Broadway Street.

To visit these and other popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon, and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, buy a ticket and hop on to the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley. It’s more than just a sightseeing tour. It’s a fun adventure as your trolley conductor tells you little-known facts about the city. You’ll have 14 great stops to get off and see the highlights of Nashville. This trip is, in our opinion, one of the best things to do in Nashville.

It will help you avoid city traffic and expensive parking when you get off to explore the sights of Nashville. It’s a combination of transportation and entertainment, and in our opinion, one of the best ways to see Music City.

jonny cash museum in Nashville
pedal tavern tour in Nashville

Visit Jonny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash is an icon of American music. He was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland and died on September 12, 2003, in Nashville. He is not only an American country musician, singer, and actor. In addition to traditional country music, a cowboy ballad, and country-pop style, Cash also made music similar to the gospel, spirituals, rockabilly, southern blues, and rock and roll.

He was awarded the National Medal of Art. He was also called the “Man in Black” because of the color of his clothing – a sign of resistance to social inequality.

You can not miss a museum dedicated to this outstanding artist, as it’s one of the best things to do in Nasville. The Johnny Cash Museum is located in the heart of the city. Here you will find the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.

best things to do in Nashville
rooftop patio the stage entrance

Taste Tennessee Whiskey

One of the best things to do in Nashville is taking a Tennessee Whiskey tasting tour. A visit to Nashville would not be complete without tasting the world’s most famous whiskey, made in Tennessee. You have several options in Nashville.

Jack Daniel’s Distillery Tour in Lynchburg

We visited the icon Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg. We booked an all-day excursion from Nashville, and it was great. Chris is a whiskey lover and was thrilled with the organization and tasting. But even I, although I prefer wine, enjoyed the taste and smell of Jack Daniel’s whiskey with relish.

We were also totally enthralled by the life history of Jack Daniels and his family, the process of making Tennessee whiskey, and the distillery’s buildings. It was a great trip that we highly recommend. Book your tour in advance, especially if you plan to visit Nashville during the summer, as the distillery enjoys great popularity.

Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg: tour from Nashville
Chrisl Labanowski in Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg

Tennessee Whiskey Tours

Depending on your interests, time, and budget, you have several options for whiskey-tasting tours. Next time we consider Jack Daniel and Cascade Hollow distilleries and BBQ, Beer, and Bourbon Experience. Nashville is also famous for its outstanding cuisine, so we would like to go on a culinary trip with a Bourbon tasting.

Chris Labanowski, co-owner of the Van Escape blog, in Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg
Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg

Best things to do in Nashville at night

Listen to Live Music

Walking down Broadway Street in the evening, many musical sounds can make your head spin. You will hear music coming from almost every bar and restaurant. You can walk from bar to bar and choose what catches your ear the most. Or, you can also check out what performances will be going on during your stay before you travel to Nashville.

We visited several bars and restaurants with a music scene and had the best time at Legends Corner and at Jason Andelan’s. The live music was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. In Legends Corner, you can have a drink only. Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar offers delicious food, and we had a perfect dinner there.

Live Music in Nashville
Live Music in Nashville

Go for a Night Show at the Grand Ole Opry

Buy a Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket to experience live music on Nashville’s most famous stage. It’s an iconic live performance and radio show that brings together rising stars, superstars, and country legends on stage each week, along with great bluegrass, family-friendly comedy, and more.

Opry shows are never rehearsed and are never the same show twice. One evening in Nashville, you can experience all shades of country, western and Americana music.

Aldean's Kitchen and Rooftop Bar in Nashville.


  1. I like that in Nashville you can do so many great things. I would love to visit the Jonny Cash museum, I remember watching a movie about his life recently and it was really interesting. After visiting the museum, it would be great to attend a live concert, to keep in with the theme of the day. Even if I don’t really drink whiskey, I would go to the Jack Daniel’s distillery and see how the famous drink is made.

  2. Everything about Nashville just makes me excited. The amount of talent that has come from or gone through there is awesome. I’d have to go and watch a show at the Opry and see the jonny cash museum. JD is also my favourite drink on the rare occasions I do, I’d definitely head to the distillary.

  3. There are so many iconic spots like Nashville on the very long U.S. list. It would be great to see more of this city known for music. So much history! And who could pass on a whisky tour? We definitely need to included Nashville on a road trip one day.

  4. I visited Nashville on a tour with my parents when I was a kid but wish I’d had more time. I’d have liked to see more of the suggestions you share and enjoying live music would be at the top of the list. I’d also love to pop into Jack Daniel’s Distillery for a tour.

  5. I’m glad to know that there are plenty of interesting things to do in Nashville. I’m looking forward to visiting the Johnny Cash Museum and going on some whiskey tasting trips soon. And, at night, wander down Broadway Street and listen to great music while looking for some good foods and beverages.

  6. I have not been to Nashville since I was a child and really want to visit. Would love to attend a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Great advise to book a hotel with parking, that can be a problem.

  7. Nashville, Tennessee is the capital of country music with so many legendary attractions like the johnny cash museum, the Grand Ole Opry , the Country Hall of Fame museum and the exciting hop on and hop off trolley. The live music and cafe makes the city come to life.The Jack Daniel’s distillery is must watch.

  8. My brother-in-law told my sister that next time they come to the U.S. he wants to go to Nashville to enjoy live music at different places. I think this itinerary is right for him as you put where to enjoy music as well as doing whiskey tours. Then you got to enjoy the city during the day by riding the hop-on-hop-off trolley bus. Perfect guide!

  9. My friend stays in Nashville and he keeps posting fabulous pics of the place. He has invited me over number of times but am yet to visit. Love the feel of the city with so much to do as well. Jonny Cash Museum would be exciting. And then would love to do the Tennessee Whiskey tasting tour.

  10. I have never been to Nashville before, but I have heard lots of great things about it. It would be fun to visit during the colder months here. Plenty of things to see and certainly better weather!

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