This past March my family and I took a short road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee, ending in the ultimate country music lover’s destination – Nashville. Due to time limitations, we only had one short day in the city, and we wanted to make sure that we saw as much of it as we could in that amount of time. I think we did a pretty good job, and figured that I would share our itinerary with anyone planning their own trip to Music City.
Morning in Nashville
After fueling up with a hearty breakfast, make your way to the Nashville Parthenon. One of the most iconic symbols of the city, the full size replica of the Greek Parthenon is truly a sight to behold. It’s great for imagining what the temple must have been like before it was destroyed. By going in the early morning you can beat out the crowds that will show up later in the day. You might even take some time to enjoy the absolutely lovely surrounding park!
For lunch head on down to Broadway, where you will find a plethora of options for your mid-day meal. We made our decision based on several internet recommendations and were not let down by Jack’s Bar-B-Que, a fast and delicious counter service barbecue restaurant with patio views of the Ryman Auditorium.
Afternoon in Nashville
After lunch make the short walk over to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Though you are likely to encounter a long line for tickets, it is well worth the wait. You gain access to several floors of country music memorabilia and history – including Elvis’ car! Even if you aren’t the biggest country fan in the world, I definitely recommend setting an hour or two aside for the place. You’re sure to find something there that you’ll enjoy.
After getting your fill of country music history walk back over to Broadway. Take a stroll along the street towards the riverside, checking out the shops as you go along. If you have a sweet tooth, head for the Savannah Candy Kitchen or Mike’s Ice Cream. You definitely can’t go wrong with the buy one get two free deal at the various boot stores around town. Take a moment to relax by the river after all of your shopping. Or take a walk along Nashville’s John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.
Evening in Nashville
After grabbing a bite to eat make your way over to Opryland and take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry. No matter who’s performing it’s sure to be a hell of a night. The perfect end to your perfect day in Nashville.
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