Discover why foodies are eager to visit. With over 200 new restaurants opening in the past two years, Nashville’s bustling culinary scene boasts a collection of world-class chef-driven restaurants alongside institutions it's known for – BBQ, hot chicken, and meat & three joints.
James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs are making their mark on Music City with their flagship restaurants and inspired courses. Dine at acclaimed spots like Sean Brock’s Audrey and June, Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch and Carne Marne, Maneet Chauhan’s Chauhan Ale & Masala House, RJ Cooper’s Acqua, Tony Mantuano’s Yolan, Jonathan Waxman’s Adele’s Nashville or Tandy Wilson’s City House.
Martin’s BBQ, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Peg Leg Porker, and Bar-B-Cutie are hot spots for one of Nashville’s most popular delicacies, BBQ. Born out of Music City, hot chicken is a must-try dish. Try the fiery recipes at James Beard award-winning Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Party Fowl, or Pepperfire Hot Chicken.
Places like Loveless Cafe, James Beard award-winning Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Puckett’s Grocery, and Elliston Place Soda Shop showcase Southern meat & three dining often cafeteria-style.
Stop by Bastion, Sedona Taphouse, or L.A. Jackson to order their raved-about dishes or cocktails or snag a gourmet hot dog at one of Daddy’s Dogs late-night carts located outside of bustling nightlife spots. After all, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Did you know Nashville has more music museums than anywhere else in the world? Music City preserves a mass of American music that cannot be understated, with the likes of Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, National Museum of African American Music, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Historic RCA Studio B, Glen Campbell Museum, The Gallery of Iconic Guitars at Belmont, and more.
Frist Art Museum has spent over two decades exhibiting some of the most prestigious collections in the world and is housed in the city’s historic U.S. Post Office Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Just minutes from the neon lights of downtown, stands the seventh president of the United States Andrew Jackson’s historic home, the Hermitage. Guests are invited to explore the mansion, garden, and grounds as well as visit Jackson’s tomb. Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery, a Greek Revival-style plantation house and grounds that dates to the 1840s, offers tours and tastings throughout the week. Stop by Cheekwood, a sprawling 55-acre botanical garden and historic estate featuring art galleries and seasonal festivals. Designed to bring history to life, the Tennessee State Museum features 13,000 years of Tennessee art and history with a “Tennessee Time Tunnel,” six permanent exhibitions showcasing the Museum’s robust collection, and more.
Not only does Music City offer a variety of historic sites and attractions, but it also offers one-of-a-kind premier hotels with rich histories and opulent accommodations. The 5-star Hermitage Hotel is a timeless icon, representative of over a century of Nashville’s evolution and emergence. A former train station, established in 1900, and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, The Union Station is a turn-of-the-century landmark and boutique hotel.
There’s no better place to experience live music than in Music City. Explore upcoming concerts and book tickets for shows at iconic venues like the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium where legendary acts from Elvis and Charlie Chaplin to Foo Fighters and Sheryl Crow have graced the stage.
Catch arena-rocking acts at Bridgestone, stadium-sized tours at Nissan Stadium, or an outdoor set at Ascend Amphitheater where the Nashville skyline serves as the perfect backdrop.
Just up the way from downtown is Elliston Place where some of the city’s most storied rock clubs reside, known as The Rock Block. Infamous spots like Exit/In and The End have been longtime anchors of the strip, launching the careers of artists such as Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffett, and Kings of Leon.
Other one-of-a-kind music experiences are nestled in Nashville’s neighborhoods. The Basement East, The 5 Spot, Jack White’s Third Man Records, and the beloved vinyl shop Grimey’s are all authentically Music City. See where the magic is made on storied Music Row at RCA Studio B and treat yourself to a showcase of Nashville’s rich songwriting community by attending a writers’ round at Bluebird Cafe or The Listening Room Cafe. Discover a variety of Free Music Event offerings.
Experience the great outdoors of Nashville where lush parks and greenways are a part of the fabric of the city, and lakes, as well as rivers, surround.
Centennial Park and Bicentennial Park are both located in the heart of the city. While Edwin Warner Park and Percy Warner Park span over 2,500 acres of rolling hills for bikers, runners, and walkers just miles away from downtown.
There’s a 180-mile-long greenway that runs throughout the city, 90 miles of which are off-road trails. Bring your own bike or rent one from mobile bike rental Bike the Greenway. Take a tour on wheels with Green Fleet Bicycle Tours or rent a Nashville B-cycle at one of more than 30 locations around town.
Percy Priest Lake, Radnor Lake, and Old Hickory Lake are all accessible via a quick drive from any centrally located stay. Nashville Paddle Co. offers paddleboard rentals for guests. Similarly, kayak down the Cumberland River with River Queen Voyages – where participants get a front-row seat to incredible views of the Nashville skyline!
Home to trailblazing distilleries, breweries, and unique cocktail and rooftop bars, Nashville appeals to the whiskey drinker, brewery adventurist, cocktail enthusiast, and everyone in between.
Spend a day exploring the many distilleries in Music City: Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, George A. Dickel & Co., Nearest Green Distillery, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Ole Smoky Distillery, Nashville Barrel Company, and more. Breweries abound, so join the Music City Brew Hop – Nashville's only hop-on hop-off trolley brewery tour that includes unlimited rides the day of your ticket to explore the many breweries around town like Bearded Iris, Tennessee Brew Works, Yee-Haw Brewing, and Fat Bottom Brewing.
The Patterson House, Atta Boy, Mother’s Ruin, and Old Glory all serve up noteworthy cocktails in refined spaces throughout the city, each with a distinctive speakeasy ambiance.
Scenic skyline views await atop Nashville’s varied rooftop bars. Elevate your trip at Bobby Hotel’s Rooftop Lounge, W Nashville’s Proof, Lou/Na at Grand Hyatt Nashville, Acme Feed & Seed, or Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row rooftop bar and patio.
Head to historic Printer’s Alley, a live music and nightclub district dating back to the 1940s. Legendary acts like Jimi Hendrix, Waylon Jennings, The Supremes, and Hank Williams, among others, all made their mark in its eclectic joints.
Iconic honky tonks like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, and Robert’s Western World line Lower Broadway where many artists have also established their signature bars including Blake Shelton's Ole Red, Jason Aldean's Kitchen and Rooftop Bar, Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Miranda Lambert's Casa Rosa, and more.
Nashville is home to multiple professional and college sports teams. Whether you’re a fan of the home team or the opposing, experience the excitement of a game at Nissan Stadium as the Tennessee Titans face off against some of the NFL’s best.
Deemed “Smashville,” join hockey fans for a Nashville Predators game at Bridgestone Arena or enjoy America’s favorite pastime with the Nashville Sounds at First Horizon Park.
Cheer on MLS Nashville SC from the largest soccer-specific stadium in the US., GEODIS Park, which opened in May 2022.
Don’t forget local universities like Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Tennessee State which all feature Division I sports programs that host games and matches on their campuses throughout the school year.
Nashville is also home to numerous sports bars where fans can enjoy a beer and support their teams from afar, as well as many golf courses, and Topgolf, where visitors can get a few swings in at Harpeth Hills Golf Course, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Hermitage Golf Course, McCabe Golf Course, Percy Warner Golf Course, Shelby Golf Course, and Two Rivers Golf Course.
Get a taste of the competition and shoot for the bullseye at Bad Axe Throwing Nashville in SoBro or try for the highest score over drinks at Blade & Timber Nashville Axe Throwing in WeHo.