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The Ultimate Guide to Nashville

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Find yourself a good country music playlist and grab your cowboy hat– you’re heading to Nashville! A city with an iconic music scene, amazing BBQ, and a growing network of green spaces– Nashville a city nobody should miss on a tour of the American South.

Where to Eat:
Acme Feed & Seed
Pinewood Social
Biscuit Love: Gulch
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
Edley’s Bar-B-Que

Where to Day-Trip:

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You’ll want to fit in a jaunt over one state to see the Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. This 80 square-mile UNESCO Heritage Site is home to the world’s largest cave system. 365 miles have been discovered, but there is still more to find. Take a tour of this honeycomb-filled cave with a ranger who can tell stories about its history. Make sure to bring a sweater or light jacket– it can be chilly underground, even in summer!

What To Do:

Ryman Auditorium

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The Ryman is known as the “mother church of country music.” Riverboat captain Thomas Ryman founded the space under the name the Union Gospel Tabernacle. After his death, it was renamed after him. In the early 1900’s the space became a major entertainment space, and starting in the 1940’s the famous Grand Ol’ Opry radio show used the space. It fell into disrepair in the 1970’s but was restored a few decades later. Check out the schedule to see what’s playing during your visit!

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

This national park is right in the heart of the city and offers a chance to learn more about Nashville’s history and geography. There is a “Pathway of History” and a “Walkway of Counties,” planters representing different flora and fauna of the region, and a WWII memorial.

Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge

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Walk across the Cumberland River to see the sun set or rise. The new bridge connects 22 miles of walking and biking trails. It also bridges between two parks– Shelby Bottoms Park and Two Rivers Park. 

Centennial Park

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Don’t miss this 132 acre park in the western part of the city. It hosts such attractions such as a replica of the Parthenon (from Athens) and a huge statue of Athena. Take a walk around Lake Watauga, and see if there are any music shows or theater performances on the schedule!

Murals

Nashville has some really stunning mural art. We suggest you make time to stroll past “I Believe In Nashville” (2702 12th Avenue South and 625 Main Street in East Nashville) and #WhatLiftsYou Wings Mural (302 11th Ave South in The Gulch). 

Music-Hop

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Well, you are in “Music City,” after all. Check out some of Nashville’s best venues. Try the Station Inn for country and bluegrass, or the Basement and the Bluebird Cafe for a mix of genres.

Where To Stay:

No contest– stay at the Grand Ole Opry Resort! This is an absolutely beautiful and luxurious hotel. It is home to multiple restaurants and shops, but most notably houses a huge indoor garden with 50,000 types of tropical plants. You might not want to leave the hotel– but of course, you should, because Nashville has so much fun to be had!

Have you been to Nashville? What was the best show you saw, and where did you see it? Let us know in the comments! 

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