Nashville makes an excellent place to visit because of the lively nightlife, great outdoors, and tasty food. Renting a car is your best choice for your visit if you plan to really experience the city. As a Nashville local, I outlined a three-day itinerary to make the best visit. Having lived here since I was 2 years old, I’ve discovered some of the best places to visit for top quality food, entertainment, and outdoor experiences. Follow my three-day plan to best experience the area.
On the first day of your visit in Nashville, wake up to a hearty breakfast at Loveless Cafe on Highway 100. Last time I visited, I treated myself to a delicious breakfast platter — the Famous Loveless Country Ham and Two Eggs with Red-Eye Gravy. If you’re there later in the day for brunch, try the Fried Green Tomatoes and the Southern Sampler. Afterwards, head down Highway 96 to get to downtown Franklin. Walk around the square, try some ice cream, and shop the boutiques. Head to The Franklin Theatre at 419 Main Street for a movie, or visit The Boiler Room Theatre for a live theater show, located at The Factory in Franklin at 230 Franklin Road.
Stay in midtown around West End and upper Broadway for a metropolitan experience. Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Vanderbilt Hotel has a very central location at 1715 Broadway. From the hotel, you can walk to the Starbucks and bookstore. Cross Broadway to get to Centennial Park to visit the only replica of the Parthenon. Restaurants line Broadway, so choose your pick of steakhouses, Italian, and more. Walk away from the river towards West End to get to Love Circle, which is a hill overlooking the city lights. Head down Fairfax to get to Hillsboro Village on 21st Avenue, where you can grab coffee, see music, and watch football. If you stay in midtown, you might not need a car if you like long walks.
Head off the beaten path. Rent a cabin at Montgomery Bell State Park in White Bluff, Tennessee. Spend the day hiking and enjoying the great outdoors. Rent a canoe at Tip-a-Canoe off Pinnacle Hill Road to spend the entire day exploring the Harpeth River in Kingston Springs. When you’re in Kingston Springs, drop by the spacious and idyllic L.L. Burns Park and visit the adorable downtown log cabin library with your kids. For dinner, feast at Skyking Pizza to try some uniquely successful pizza topping combinations from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in downtown Kingston Springs.