America’s country music capital is about much more than hit records. Visit for live music, art, good food, and history. Tennessee’s capital is booming with trendy restaurants, a vibrant fashion scene, and great honky-tonk and blues bars.
Make the most of your weekend in Nashville. If you plan well, a three-day itinerary is enough to mix culture, history, comfort food, and bright lights.
Where to Stay for a Weekend in Nashville
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To stay in the heart of the action and close to the main attractions, book a room around the Broadway, River Cumberland, or downtown areas. They’re packed with people and busy during day and night, but this is where you’ll experience Music City at its best.
Another great area to consider is the Gulch. The official address for good burgers and steakhouses, it’s close enough to downtown. After a nice walk or a quick taxi ride from here, you’ll be in the middle of the action.
For a non-touristy experience, look further from the downtown area to find a local vibe and good deals. There are many hotel options in Nashville, so do your research and book the hotel that’s perfect for your weekend getaway.
What to Do in Nashville
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Wake up early and start your tour of museums and attractions around Broadway. This will set the mood for your first day in Music City.
This 19th-century building has a lot of stories to tell. Take a tour of the backstage and explore the auditorium, or buy a ticket in advance for the weekend show to experience Ryman Auditorium at its best.
Johnny Cash Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum has everything you need to know about one of the most iconic American musicians from the 20th century. Discover Johnny Cash’s music and legend during a quick visit to the museum.
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
The music plays on! The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is your next stop. Book a group tour and have the chance to record your own country music at RCB Studio B, Nashville’s oldest remaining recording studio. This is where Elvis recorded more than 260 songs.
Honky-Tonks on Lower Broadway
A trip to the Music City isn’t complete without a good night out. Put your boots on, pack your dance moves, and head to Lower Broadway. Live music, beers, bright lights, and bar hopping make up one of Nashville’s best attractions, so visit as many honky-tonks as you can.
Nashville Farmers Market
Start your second day in Nashville with local food and friendly people. Rent a bicycle and visit Nashville Farmers Market, which has healthy and tasty food in all its glory.
Established in the 1850s, Germantown was the first suburb in Nashville. A visit to Germantown offers a different perspective of the city.
Grand Ole Opry
A weekend trip to Nashville must include a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Don’t miss a trip to the radio broadcaster that began in 1925 and became a country music phenomenon.
Eat Your Way Around Nashville
If there’s a queue in front of a restaurant, the food must be good, and you should get a spot before it’s too late. Eat your way around town, from scrumptious breakfasts to hearty comfort food.
A weekend can fly by quickly, but it’s enough time to get a taste of Nashville. Discover how this destination became known as Music City, and you’ll want to go back for more.