This week’s post is going to cover all things Nashville, Tennessee! I visited my cousin Melinda at Vanderbilt over President’s Day weekend in 2017 and stayed in Music City for 3 nights & 4 days. I loved this city! Nashville is the perfect place for a girl’s trip (especially if you’re 21!). Pour yourself a cup of something warm and read all about how to spend a long weekend in Nashville!
Disclaimer: This blog post was originally written in February 2020 and was updated in winter 2022 for relevancy.
Day 1: Centennial Park & Grand Ole Opry
After settling in at Vanderbilt U, Melinda and I walked through campus to Centennial Park to see the famous Parthenon – a full-scale replica of the original in Athens. Centennial Park was full of dogs, kites, and picnics when we visited and is a fun place to hangout!
Once you’ve gotten a taste of downtown Nashville, hop in an Uber and spend the afternoon at Opryland. Opryland is located about 20 minutes from the city center but has a ton to do! Here you’ll find Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, one of the largest hotels and convention centers in the world! You can spend a whole day here checking out the indoor waterfall, cruising on a delta riverboat, or splashing around at Sound Waves water park!
Opryland also has a huge indoor/outdoor shopping mall, full of shops and restaurants. I recommend grabbing a bite to eat here!
Lastly and most importantly, Opryland is home to the famous Grand Ole Opry country music performance hall – Nashville’s most iconic sight!
Pro-tip: The only way to see the inside of the Grand Ole Opry is either through a backstage tour or by seeing a performance. Both have to be booked in advance and sell out quickly!
Day 2: Country Music Hall Of Fame & Pedal Tavern Tour
Country Music Hall Of Fame
You can’t leave Nashville without visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame. This museum has one of the largest music collections in the world and is worth a two-hour walkthrough. From Elvis Presley to Taylor Swift they’ve got it all!
Pro-tip: Adult general admission tickets cost $26. You can buy them there, but I recommend skipping the line and buying online!
Pedal Tavern Tour
After learning about the history of country music, hop onto a Pedal Tavern tour! These party bikes are a Nashville classic. They hold 15 passengers and operate on several different routes around the city. Each tour comes with a guide who will share everything there is to know about Broadway’s Honky Tonks & Music Row. Individual seats cost $45.
Pro-tip: The Pedal Taverns are BYOB!
Day 3: Ryman Auditorium & Broadway
Located right off of Broadway is the famous Ryman Auditorium! This historic building is the premier venue for concerts and events in downtown Nashville. To name just a few – Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Kings of Leon have played here! I recommend touring this venue!
Probably the highlight for anyone spending a long weekend in Nashville! The nightlife (and day..life..?) in Nashville is like no other. Besides souvenir shops and restaurants, Broadway is FULL of bars. You can’t go wrong on this street.
Each bar is promised to have live music and multiple floors. Each floor has a completely different vibe and most of the bars have a rooftop deck. There’s usually live country on the bottom floors and dance floors on the top floors. Go to Kid Rock’s bar – my friends met him here!
Feeling hungry? Hit up Hattie B’s for some southern fried chicken!
Feeling adventurous? Stroll across the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge!
Day 4: 12South Neighborhood
You won’t want to miss Nashville’s 12South Neighborhood! This part of Nashville is extremely up-and-coming with trendy cafes, boutiques, and the majority of Music City’s murals!
First, head to 1814 21st Avenue South to see the Instagrammable lips mural!
Pro-tip: The famous “I believe in Nashville” mural is located at 2702 12th Ave S in this neighborhood!
You can also find the blue & white striped wall and the “Nashville looks good on you” mural here!
That’s all for my Nashville recs! I hope this post gives you some fun ideas about how to spend a long weekend in Nashville!
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