Nashville consistently lands on the country’s “best of” lists, and it’s easy to see why. With a nationally-ranked food scene, renowned live entertainment venues, and easy access from most major cities, this southern charmer is the perfect addition for your must-see travel list. We’ve visited some of the more notable sites in Music City and compiled a list of 10 experiences worth writing home about. Know some more we should see? Share them with us on Instagram using the hashtag, MustSeeNashville.
1.) Amelia’s Flower Truck
As owner Mattie Bush states, the idea for her charming flower truck stemmed from her love of travel to big cities like New York, London, Paris and Milan - all of which offered easy accessibility to fresh flowers. She thought it was time for Nashville to have that same offering, and Amelia’s Flower Truck was born. You can find the unique vintage truck in and around the Nashville area (typically near the 12 South neighborhood), so keep your eyes peeled for her and brighten someone’s day with a fresh bouquet of flowers.
2.) Men's Restroom at the Hermitage Hotel
Bet you didn’t expect a restroom to make the list, right? Well, trust us. This isn’t any old bathroom. The men’s restroom at the Hermitage Hotel features art-deco style with lime green and black leaded glass tiles, bright lime green fixtures, terrazzo floor, and a two-seat shoeshine station. It’s even been voted the most famous restroom in America several years in a row. Rumor has it, there’s a secret tunnel hidden inside with direct access to the state capital. Whether that’s true or not isn’t the point. You simply have to see it for yourself. If you’re a female, just make sure to warn the men before stepping inside.
3.) The Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a gorgeous, forest-lined road that stretches over 444 miles through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.
4.) Arrington Vineyards
Oh yes, you read that right. Nashville has its very own vineyard thanks to country music artist and owner Kix Brooks, winemaker Kip Summers and entrepreneur John Russell. This trio knew what they were doing when they selected the grassy hills of Arrington, Tennessee for their location, just 35 minutes south of Downtown Nashville. Spend a warm afternoon outside with a glass of wine in your hand as you overlook the vineyards, enjoy the sounds of free music throughout the summer, and sip on free samples year round.
5.) Hatch Show Print
Located in the famed Country Music Hall of Fame is the legendary print shop, Hatch Show Print. A working letterpress print shop since 1879, it uses its collection to educate diverse audiences and create iconic designs that express and commemorate America’s evolving cultural identity. Take a step inside for a tour of the space and take home a piece of the history for yourself.
6.) The Country Music Hall of Fame
If you’re at Hatch Show Print, you’re already in the building. Nashville is Music City, after all, so it wouldn’t be a true visit to the capital without a stop by The Country Music Hall of Fame. Filled with memorabilia and rotating exhibits that delight all music fans (not just classic country), this museum will keep you entertained all afternoon long. You’ll need about that much time to take it all in, too. Past and present exhibitions include collections featuring all aspects of Nashville’s music history, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and the Nashville Cats, Loretta Lynn, and Jason Aldean. Even some of the newest country acts like Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton have a place in the Hall with dazzling memorabilia from notable performances.
7.) The NashTrash Tour
Perhaps all of this sightseeing is draining your energy and you’re looking for a little respite from the walking. Enter the NashTrash Tour. Easily recognizable by its bright pink pus, the tour is led by the self-proclaimed Jugg Sisters, Sheri Lynn and Brenda Kay Jugg. This comedy show on wheels has been running since 1997 and features storied institutions like the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame and legendary Music Row, which you can see from the comfort of your bus seat. Make sure you book in advance, though. This two-hour trip is always a crowd favorite and seats go fast.
8.) Paradise Park Trailer Resort
Hungry? No problem. Head on over to the Paradise Park Trailer Resort, the brainchild of Max and Ben Goldberg and genius restaurateurs behind Nashville’s own Pinewood Social, Bastion, The Catbird Seat and more. This trailer park-themed bar and famous Doublewide burger are worth their weight in gold, especially after a night at the nearby honky tonks. Plus, its studio quality sound system and local songwriters and musicians keep Paradise customers up dancin’ all day and all night. What more could you ask for?
9.) Yazoo Brewing Company
That’s right, we’re telling you to stop and have a beer. Nashville is currently in the midst of a beer boom, and you won’t find it difficult to locate a place to try. We recommend Yazoo Brewing Company in the Gulch, right off Division Street. Owner Linus Hall grew the business from a tiny home brewing operation into one of the fastest growing breweries in the state. Fun fact: They proudly brew Gerst beer, a brand that was once a Nashville legend before Prohibition. Make sure you set aside time for a tour. It’s entertaining, informative and only costs $8 per person (including a 5-oz. souvenir logo glass).
10.) The Parthenon
If you’ve always wanted to see The Parthenon, but haven’t made it to Athens, don’t fret. In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. It houses a museum and art gallery in addition to the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world, Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. While you’re in the neighborhood, plan for a visit to the LeQuire Gallery (about one mile away), where you can visit Alan in his studio and learn more about one of the best sculptors in the U.S.