Why Go To Nashville
Nashville has evolved over the years and has become a city of a lot of things for a lot of different people. It's a popular weekend getaway for those based on the East Coast and in the Midwest. It's a foodie retreat for those who love affordable Southern cooking and international fusion cuisine. And it's a fun bachelor and bachelorette spot for friends looking to bond before taking the big leap into marriage. But Nashville at its core is a haven for country music fans. The bars lining Broadway (plus the famous Bluebird Cafe) host some of the most talented undiscovered artists in the country. In fact, Nashville is where many musicians – including Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt – were discovered or launched their careers. The best way to soak up Nashville's country scene is to enjoy the free live tunes at establishments throughout the city.
You should also visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame, tour Belle Meade Plantation and ogle The Parthenon. And plan to spend some time just hanging out in the growing number of boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants downtown. Or, let a local show you around with a guided tour.
The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.
Nashville is ranked as:
#11 in Best Foodie Cities in the USA
Best Things To Do In Nashville
Melodious attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Grand Ole Opry draw in plenty of tourists, but Nashville is also proud of its history. You should spend a day sightseeing: The Parthenon, a replica of the famous Greek structure that represents Nashville's role as the Athens of the South, is a pretty good photo op. For those traveling with kids, the Adventure Science Center is a great place to spend an afternoon. And don't forget to pencil in some time listening to live music at the honky-tonks on Broadway.
Nashville Travel Tips
Eat at a "meat and three"- For lunch, you should head to one of the downtown meat and threes (the nickname given to these buffet restaurants). For an affordable price, you'll get some kind of meat and three sides. But make sure you have cash; many places won't accept plastic.
The tea is sweet - The tea is sweet down here – really sweet. If you like low-octane iced tea, specify by asking for "unsweetened tea."
See rising stars at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - You could visit Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium, but to see tomorrow's next big stars sing and strum, head to Tootsie's, located downtown on Broadway.
Take a tour - Whether you want to learn about the city's food or its music, you'll find a range of tours to suit your interests.
Plan a winter trip - Hotel prices in the winter are as low as they get.
Check the tourism site for coupons - Nashville's tourism bureau pulls together traveler discounts and deals here.
Buy the Total Access Pass - You can use the Music City Total Access Pass for admission to four attractions or tours of your choosing for $75.