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Everywhere you look—from indie bands in Cannery Row’s trendy clubs, to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—you’ll see and hear Nashville’s vibrant culture. Ryman Auditorium, “The Mother Church of Country Music,” has seen the likes of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and countless others legends during the past century. The Grand Ole Opry hosts the world’s longest running live radio show. There are also dozens of intimate venues featuring all genres of music. Bluegrass fans will love The Station Inn while The 5 Spot is known for rowdy rock ‘n’ roll shows. And the tiny Bluebird Café, located in a strip mall near Downtown, is a world-famous showcase for song writers.
Nashville offers plenty to satisfy all of your senses. Immerse yourself in Greek mythology at The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original in Athens. Stroll through Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and then explore Cheekwood’s Museum of Art, housed in a restored Georgian-style mansion. Admire the Victorian architecture on Music Row, home to Nashville’s recording studios and music publishing houses. Recharge with country ham and eggs with red-eye gravy at the famous Loveless Cafe, or a syrupy stack of hotcakes at The Pancake Pantry.
Across the snaking Cumberland River lies bohemian East Nashville, where many up-and-coming musicians live. You’ll find relaxed music venues, as well as a selection of home-style cooking and upmarket restaurants. If you have kids (or not), try some ice cream at the old-school Pied Piper Creamery.
Rent a car and drive through posh Belle Meade, home to the historic Belle Meade Plantation. Here a costumed guide leads visitors through a Greek-revival mansion and outbuildings dating back to 1807. Head to bucolic Franklin, a 21-mile (34-kilometer) drive from Downtown Nashville, for historic theaters, celebrity mansions and sprawling farms.
Consider taking your trip in June, when Nashville hosts the CMA (Country Music Association) Music Festival. This popular event brings together singers and musicians with hundreds of thousands of devoted fans from across the globe.
Accommodation in Nashville
As you would expect from a state capital, Nashville offers a wide selection of lodgings. You're guaranteed to find the ideal place amid the 282 accommodation options in Nashville on Expedia's lodging guide.
Two of the more upmarket Nashville stays are the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, at 611 Commerce St, and the Union Station Hotel, Autograph Collection, at 1001 Broadway. If you find that those two hotels don't match your needs, the Hilton Nashville Downtown or the Omni Nashville Hotel might be a better fit.
If you prefer to stay closer to Grand Ole Opry, the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and the Wyndham Vacation Resorts - Nashville are both within easy walking distance.
This smoke-free Nashville resort is conveniently next door to the Grand Ole Opry and set on 40 acres complete with streams, waterfalls, bridges, and greenhouses.
The 4-story Brentwood Suites is 5 miles from Cool Springs Galleria, 7 miles from Nashville Zoo, and 10 miles from Nashville Convention Center and Vanderbilt University.
Located in East Nashville, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Nissan Stadium. Tennessee State Capitol and Ryman Auditorium are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in West End, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Local Color Gallery, Parthenon, and Vanderbilt University. Ryman Auditorium and Tennessee State Capitol are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Donelson, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Texas Troubadour Theatre and Grand Ole Opry. Cooter's Place and Nashville Toy Museum are also within 5 minutes.
Located in East Nashville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort Nashborough, Nissan Stadium, and Ryman Auditorium. Tennessee State Capitol and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Downtown Nashville, this spa hotel is steps from Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Music City Center. Johnny Cash Museum and Hatch Show Print are also within 10 minutes.
This downtown Nashville hotel is one mile from the Country Music Hall of Fame and seven miles from the airport.