Nashville is one of my top favorite places I’ve visited. The atmosphere and the vibe are the coolest! Of course, there’s the music scene but there’s so much more, like rich history, culture and fun. My ultimate Nashville Travel Guide will give you some ideas of what this incredible city has to offer.
Nashville Travel Guide
There’s no doubt, when you travel to Nashville, you’re going to have a blast. Coming into the airport, you can expect to hear country music playing throughout the terminals. Tootsie’s Honky Tonk is located right inside the airport. My mom and I spent a long weekend there, recently, and enjoyed it so much we’re already looking forward to heading back!
Where To Stay in Nashville
We absolutely loved the Omni Nashville Hotel and its “Urban Elegance with a Vintage Touch”! It’s located in the heart of Music City and just steps from the eclectic mix of retail, dining, and entertainment, which has made Nashville famous.
Many visitors choose to stay in East Nashville — only five minutes from downtown and within walking distance to all the hip bars and restaurants. You’ll find many cute AirBnB options in the area too. Here is an AirBnB’s guide for what to do in Nashville – highly recommend!
Best Food In Nashville
Hattie B’s is my favorite! They serve HOT chicken with six different heat levels. Even with the line out the door, it was all worth it! It’s very inexpensive and with most meal choices you get two sides. I suggest the creamy, delicious mac and cheese and the French fries paired with yummy dipping sauces. My mom and I had to stop by twice to enjoy all of the goodness.
This was our first stop, after hitting the town. It was a little difficult finding a place for our first meal because there were so many choices. We made a VERY good decision with Jason Aldean’s. The burgers were super juicy and delicious. They even have an awesome rooftop bar with live music and a great view of Broadway.
Our 2nd night in Nashville, we enjoyed traditional southern food and some great live music at Acme Feed & Seed. This place has been around for a while and is a Nashville favorite.
Frothy Monkey is a hip coffee house with delicious breakfast options. You’ll find a large variety of choices on the menu. My mom went on and on about how wonderful the bagel with smoked salmon was.
This place is a MUST! We are still talking about the amazing breakfast we enjoyed here. We, of course, had an order of yummy bronuts – fried biscuit dough with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote. The biscuits and gravy are also to die for. They have two locations – one in Nashville and one about 30 minutes away in Franklin.
What To Do In Nashville
Wear comfortable walking shoes for this mini tour of the city. Broadway is the main street in Nashville where you’ll find the majority of the music scene. There’s tons of options for live music, lots of shops and a huge variety of food options. Broadway also offers lots of great photo opportunities.
The Nashville Farmer’s Market is a neat venue where you can taste the local cuisine in an indoor space with vendors from all over the city. You’ll also find fresh fruits and vegetables to choose from. Don’t miss Jeni’s ice cream! So good!
I really think a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must thing to do when traveling to Nashville. There’s so much cool history to see and learn about. You’ll find actual memrabilia from country artists of the past and present. It was awesome to get an up close look at some of their outfits, awards, original lyrics written and more.
To get a real taste of Nashville music, enjoy a tour of the Grand Ole Opry (or go to a show). I wish we could have taken advantage of a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, but there just wasn’t time during this visit. Next time!
Hopefully, if you have plans to make your way to Nashville, this guide is helpful and gives you some ideas of things to do and see. I also have to mention, if you have an extra day, and access to a car, plan a drive down to Franklin (about a 30 minutes from Nashville) to check out all of the shops and restaurants along the town’s charming main street. Such a cool little town!