Music City earns its nickname with musical attractions and 200 performance venues. From hallowed stages to boot-scooting honky-tonks, Nashville, Tenn., supplies a soundtrack to accent any visit.
Admire Nashville’s skyline while strolling the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and star-hunt along Music City Walk of Fame before ducking into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, home to everything from Dolly Parton’s handwritten lyrics to Taylor Swift’s tour bus. Visit Nashville’s historic letterpress shop, Hatch Show Print, and legendary RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded. Step onto Ryman Auditorium’s revered stage during a tour and catch a performance. Dubbed the mother church of country music, Ryman hosted the Grand Ole Opry, America’s longest-running radio show, for decades. Browse for denim at imogene + willie, vintage cowboy boots at Goodbuy Girls and vinyl records everywhere. And Honky Tonk Highway beckons with free entertainment at outposts such as Robert’s Western World and Tootsies Orchid Lounge.
The Hermitage Hotel has been charming guests since 1910 with its Southern hospitality. Spy the lobby’s stained-glass ceiling and sip Tennessee whiskey in the clubby Oak Bar, which boasts a 130-bottle bourbon library. Jack Daniel’s fans enjoy free “Whiskey Wednesday” tastings at the Union Station Hotel, housed in a former train depot. Every room is unique: some feature windows facing the lobby’s barrel-vaulted ceiling and limestone fireplace. Omni promises seamless integration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For a trendy roost, Thompson Nashville mixes skyline views with rustic touches like sliding barn doors and hardwood floors.
Biscuit Love does breakfast justice, while lunchtime provides an opportunity to try Nashville’s specialty dish, hot chicken, at Hattie B’s or whole-hog barbecue at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint. Husk and Urban Grub both serve refi ned Southern fare, and for juicy steaks with inspired appetizers (think cotton-candy bacon), Kayne Prime awaits. Plus, Nashville’s rooftop cocktail culture deserves kudos at Rare Bird, L.A. Jackson, Tenn on Top, L27 and Bobby’s Rooftop Lounge, where small plates, charcuterie boards and bespoke libations rule.
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