If you love country music and music history, you have to add a trip to Nashville to your bucket list! It’s a beautiful, green city, growing rapidly and offers visitors a lively downtown area with great music in every bar and restaurant you visit. Not to mention, historic southern sights and museums, and friendly locals. Here are my recommendations of sights to see!
Grand Ole Opry: The longest-running radio broadcast in U.S. history (currently celebrating 90 years) is fun for everyone. It usually consists of 8-12 acts, each playing two songs with plenty of entertainment during the commercials. One tip - have dinner before the show at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. It’s a huge hotel with plenty of restaurants, and it’s just a quick (free - donations welcome) golf cart ride away.
Pedal Tavern: A two-hour bar crawl on a 15-passenger bicycle where you and your fellow visitors pedal through Nashville. There are four different routes, but the Broadway tour brings you through the heart of downtown. Drink at red lights, when someone honks and when the tour guide turns on a good song. It’s a blast and a good workout!
Honky Tonk Central: One of the best bars on lower Broadway (or “the Bourbon Street of Nashville”). It has three different levels, with three different bands, plenty of drink options and lots of dancing.
Winners and Losers Bars in Midtown: These two bars in the Midtown area are filled with the Vanderbilt college crowd, lots of TVs with football playing (both college and NFL) and you guessed it, live music.
The Rooftop at The George Jones Museum: A fun rooftop atmosphere with good food and incredible views of downtown, the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium.