I LOVE travelling with my girlfriends and try to do a “girl’s only” trip every year. This year, four of us got together and chose Nashville as our destination. Here are my 5 Must-See Places in Nashville.
5 Must-See Places in Nashville
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The Bluebird Café
The Bluebird is a small, “hole in the wall” place in the middle of an unassuming strip center. There are two shows a night that feature songwriters performing acoustic sets of their own songs.
Reservations for Tuesday-Saturday are taken ONLINE only and never more than a week ahead of time. Sunday and Monday shows are first-come, first-served. The night we were there, we heard legendary songwriter Charlie Peacock who had written hits for Amy Grant and the Newsboys (hello 90’s Contemporary Christian Music) and three up and comers – Matt Wertz, Andrew Ripp and Jake Ousley. The music was great and the whole listening experience is one that you don’t often have the opportunity to experience outside of Nashville.
Lower Broadway is the home of many famous honky tonks featuring live music all day and night. There are many great bands playing in places where there is no cover. You can just buy a drink and listen. Keep in mind that the musicians make money only when people tip them, so be sure to throw $10-20 in their tip jar on your way out. When you think about it, where else can you hear live music for that price?
We found that the weekends on Lower Broadway are pretty crowded and by about noon, it’s hard to find a seat in the bars. If you can visit Lower Broadway on a weekday, it’s much less crowded, you’ll get a seat and the music is still good!
This beautiful museum highlights the history of country music from its roots to the modern sound we hear today. There are many exhibits playing musical clips from country music’s earliest days. Memoriabilia such as Carl Perkins Blue Suede Shoes, one of Elvis’ cars, complete with TV and bar, Keith Urban’s guitars, and Taylor Swift’s costumes and props from her Red tour are included. One of my favorite exhibits showed a video of how TV embraced country music. Clips included Tennessee Ernie Ford and Minnie Pearl, Jimmy Dean (Big Bad John), Glenn Campbell, Hee Haw and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell sisters. I remembered seeing all of them on TV when I was growing up.
The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry has been a live radio show for 90 years. A show at The Opry is not like a typical concert. The 2 1/2 hour show is structured in 30 minute segments, each with it’s own host, several performers and commercials from their sponsors. This is the place to get a wide variety of musical entertainment.
The night we were there featured artists from the past, blue grass pickers, square dancers, country stars from just a few years back like Ricky Skaggs and Crystal Gayle, young performers making their Opry debut like Clare Dunn and current headliners Montgomery Gentry.
Allow plenty of time to arrive and get seated. The Grand Ole Opry shares a parking lot with Opry Mills Mall and is next door to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Parking is limited and traffic is heavy!
If the weather is nice, be sure and visit Centennial Park, a beautiful 132-acre park in the middle of Nashville.
The centerpiece of Centennial Park is The Parthenon, a beautiful full-scale replica of the Athenian original. Inside the Parthenon is Nashville’s Art Museum. Centennial Park is a lovely place to walk around and enjoy the outdoors.
Nashville is a lovely city with so much to see and do. The people are friendly and it’s relatively easy to get around.
By the way, LYFT and Uber are great ways to get around Nashville. Why?
- You don’t have to worry about finding your way around.
- Parking downtown, where a lot of the sites are is scarce AND expensive.
- The drivers are very knowledgeable about great places to see and eat.
- And since Nashville is a big music town, you are likely to meet all kinds of people in the music biz who drive for LYFT and Uber on the side! We met up and coming musicians, songwriter and producers. And not just from country music, but from every genre – really cool.
And if you’ll be trying LYFT for the first time, just download the app and enter my code (5042) for a discount on your ride. Here’s the discount code: 5042
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Have you ever visited Nashville? What were your favorite places?
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