Top Five Must-See Places When You Travel to Nashville, Tennessee

The city of Nashville, Tennessee has much to offer those who choose to embark over to this cornbread state. The rich history of rock and roll’s sordid past is engraved nearly everywhere that you can look – or visit – when in Nashville. Unbeknownst to many people, some of music’s biggest stars have recorded their best-known and most celebrated records in this city. Of course, it goes without saying, that the city also houses the bread and butter of country music’s elitists as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. There is much to this place that does not meet the eye, or that can be easily overlooked when you are here. To better help you to plan an exciting trip to husker land, here are the top five must-see places that you shouldn’t overlook if you find yourself passing through this culturally-rich, destination city.

The Parthenon: When you travel to Nashville, this is absolutely a site that you have to visit. The Parthenon features one of the largest sets of bronze doors that can be found anywhere; each set of doors – one on the front and one on the back – weighs in at seven and a half tons. The Athena Parthenos holds another record as being one of the largest indoor sculptures in the world. It also holds one other record: the only complete and life-size replica of the Parthenon in the entire world. Bring your camera with you visit this site, as it is truly breathtaking.

Gaylord Opryland: One of the largest resorts in the world should definitely be on your list of places to see. The Gaylord Opryland is literally awe-inspiring. Aside from offering hundreds upon hundreds of different and lavish hotel rooms, this place doubles as the largest convention center in the state. An indoor mall offers plenty of shopping and even an auto dealership. The resort is split into three areas, the Cascades, and the Delta and the Conservatory, each which cover several acres per area. Don’t miss the large lake in the cascades, where you can even go on boat rides. Water jets spout streams hundreds of feet into the air in the Cascades, and the Conservatory offers an indoor botanical garden.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Don’t miss this place if you end up in Cornville. The most notable site is Elvis’ solid gold Cadillac, but you can also read original, hand written lyrics penned by music’s greatest stars, look at thousands of different stage outfits, and even see some of the most famous rock and roll instruments ever to be played on by some of the most famous rockers in the world. Make sure you set aside several hours so you can see everything that this place has to offer.

Nash Trash Tours: Perhaps the best way to really see this city is by drinking alcohol legally in this decorative bus as you are taken around and shown all the sites and explained their rich history. It’s like seeing the whole city by just taking one bus ride. And yes, it’s legal to drink on the bus and they serve alcohol. If you travel to Nashville, don’t miss this tour, it’s the one absolute thing that you must do to really see everything.

Bicentennial Mall State Park: This park was originally constructed to celebrate the state’s two hundred years of union membership. This park is truly exceptional and features an amphitheater, botanical garden and visitor center. There are also thirty one fountains scattered throughout the park, one for every major river in the state. Make sure that you check out the large granite timeline of the state’s history and don’t miss the two hundred foot granite map of the state either. The best part: admission is free.

Find the Right Nashville Accommodations For Your Trip

By virtue of its connections to the music industry, and as a popular Southern tourist destination, Nashville is home to some of the finest hotels in the country. Yet, if you prefer a cozier, home-like experience when you travel, you’ll be pleased to discover the many quaint bed and breakfast inns in the area, ready to accept your reservations. Designated by Travel and Leisure for three years as “America’s Friendliest City,” Nashville’s reputation for exceptional hospitality is enhanced by these historic and comfortable rooms for rent.

Whether you plan to stay in town for a country music festival or related event, or have added Nashville to your outdoor recreation itinerary, you’ll savor the relaxing atmosphere, home-cooked breakfasts, and unique extras that set the B&B experience apart from standard hotels. When you’ve set a date to visit, be sure to check out these recommended inns.

The Big Bungalow (618 Fatherland Street): Visitors come for the hot breakfast and the proximity to Music Row, but what makes this inn unique is the resident massage therapist. Yes, the innkeeper is also a licensed MT and offers this incredibly relaxing amenity, perfect after a long day of sightseeing.

Top O’Woodland (1603 Woodland Street): This grand Victorian serves not only as an elegant inn, but also as a wedding chapel. Plan your wedding, wedding night, and honeymoon all in the same place, and enjoy your stay in any room decorated with beautiful antiques.

Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast (2816 Blair Blvd.): Located in the heart of historic Hillsboro, this stately Tudor-style home is minutes from downtown and the local universities. Relax in the sunroom after a day of antiquing, or spend some quiet time in the library.

Hillsboro House (1933 20th Avenue South): Feather beds, private baths, and a lively exterior define this beautiful buttercup Victorian home. Hillsboro House is unique in that it is pet-friendly, provided they are notified in advance.

For an extraordinary stay in Nashville, reserve a room in any of Music City’s bed and breakfast inns. The attention to detail and personalized hospitality you’ll receive will definitely enhance your vacation.

Have Shoes Will Travel

I got started running by signing up to walk a marathon raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I hadn’t ever thought about doing something like that before. The training was scary and hard, but I was bound to take it seriously and finish the race because my husband said, “You can’t do a marathon!” I did it and was so proud of myself. Then I had some friends who wanted to do one, too. Only someplace we had never been before. And I wanted to do some running and not plod along the whole time. That was the beginning of a marvelous new hobby (or obsession depending on whether you are talking to my husband).

Thanks to my interest I have raced in Nashville, Memphis, San Francisco, Phoenix, and smaller towns and races in between. The funniest named race was called “The Huff & Puff on the Bluff 9K”. I understood why it was called this about halfway through the race! I have seen the cities and towns differently than I would have if I had just went as a regular sightseer. And I have enjoyed carbo loading in some great restaurants. You can always pick out the first time racers the next day by their unique approach to steps and sitting down then standing up. The hamstrings are very cranky!

If you decide to try racing in locations far from home do some homework about the area first. If it has climate, terrain, and temperatures very different from your usual run you’ll need to know and make adjustments to your training. If it is very hilly and you live in a flatter locale you will naturally need to find some hills to train on. If you live in high humidity and you plan to race in the desert, you will need to prepare by going into the race well hydrated and take in water at every water stop.

The number one mistake you can make in racing is running in anything you haven’t trained in first. So if you plan to travel and race, make sure you pack your normal running gear. It is pretty horrifying to travel a long distance to a race and discover you have forgotten to pack your running shoes! If you aren’t sure about the climate, be sure to pack gear for various weather extremes. And if you plan on trying some things on the menu that you have never eaten before, do it after the race and not before. Or you might have a pretty unhappy stomach on race morning.

If you think it through and use common sense you can have a great time racing while enjoying new, exciting places outside the beaten path. You might even find a new favorite race and new favorite place you’ll want to visit many times! So be brave and lace up your running shoes. There’s no telling where you could go!