Nashville is the country music capital, but don’t let that fool you. The city is a part of the national touring circuit for most major-label bands — and indie ones, too. There are also plenty of visual arts museums and botanical gardens. Here’s a guide to planning a three-day getaway in Music City, USA.
Where to Stay
The Hermitage Hotel is a luxury hotel with valet parking and breathtaking architecture. Located in the heart of downtown next to Union Station, it is adjacent to the Frist Center for Visual Arts.
Hotel Preston is a quirky alternative that offers amenities like pet fish and lava lamps. Located about 15 minutes from downtown, its significantly lower prices make up for a little extra driving and some downtown parking fees.
The Hermitage Hotel
231 Sixth Ave. N., Nashville, TN
733 Briley Parkway, Nashville, TN
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts has hours worth of museum to cover. An audio guided tour is available. After your museum visit, stop at the onsite cafe for lunch.
The Opry Mills Mall is Tennessee’s largest. And the mall’s Aquarium Restaurant provides a mind-blowing underwater dining experience.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
919 Broadway, Nashville, TN
Opry Mills Mall
433 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville, TN
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Visual Arts Museum is 8.5 miles southwest of downtown. The museum alone is 30,000 square feet, so you’ll need at least a few hours to see the gardens and the art before heading back downtown.
Demo’s Restaurant in Printer’s Alley is a great dinner stop with excellent food and unbelievable prices. Steaks are around $10. The Ryman Auditorium is within walking distance from Demo’s. If you can catch a show here, by all means do. With its stained glass windows and intimate seating, this small venue has hosted some legendary artists.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN
116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville, TN
300 Commerce St., Nashville, TN
Third Man Records is Jack White’s label headquarters and record shop. Only vinyls from artists recorded at or affiliated with Third Man are for sale, so there’s a good selection of The White Stripes, Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather records. There are also 7-inch singles from famous guests who have recorded at Third Man. Beck and Conan O’Brien records are among them.
Finish off your trip with an unforgettable visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There is so much to see here, it could easily take up the entire day.
Third Man Records
623 Seventh Ave. S., Nashville, TN
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville, TN