Nicknamed Music City, there's always free live music playing, one-of-a-kind shows, and lots of honky-tonk events to be found.

When you think of Nashville, one thing probably comes to mind — country music. It’s where some of the most popular musicians in the industry have gotten their start, and where some of them call home. Nicknamed Music City, there’s always free live music playing, one-of-a-kind shows, and lots of honky-tonk events to be found. 

If it is your first time visiting the city several recommended attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Grand Ole Opry and Lower Broadway, where rows of neon-lit venues have live music all day and night. The Nashville Live Music Guide app can help you find where to go to hear some great tunes at any of the city’s 160 or so locations. You will find the historic RCA Studio B on a tour of Music Row. It’s where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs, and other famous musicians recorded hits. 

To explore the arts, there are galleries and performing art centers to see a stage show. Nashville has also been called “The Athens of the South” so a stop at the Greek Parthenon replica should be on your itinerary. 

The Belle Meade Plantation is the city’s largest and wealthiest private estate sitting on 5,400 acres with tours available daily. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. 

The culinary scene just can’t be beat. Taylor Swift’s favorite spot Fido is a funky coffeehouse located in Hillsboro Village. Other popular eateries include the Pancake Pantry with more than 20 varieties of pancakes, the Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden serves up German food, and the Loveless Cafe is known for classic Southern food. 

Staying overnight can include a luxurious hotel, bed and breakfast or even a stay in a hostel.