Nashville is a small, yet charming city full of character, in the middle of Tennessee, United States. It is unlike any place I have ever been and while I will do my best to describe it to you with words, seeing it with your own eyes is the only thing that can do this city justice.
So what are the 10 reasons you must visit Nashville??
1. The City Skyline
It’s just beautiful. Honestly, it doesn’t matter whether you are looking at it from the road, over the river, or from an elevated clearing. They did well in putting this city together. The mix of old and new architecture and short buildings among skyscrapers truly gives Nashville a unique look.
2. The Nightlife
Nashville is most certainly not New York, ladies and gentleman. But what were you expecting? It’s an experience, to say the least, though not a bad one. If you like beer, cowboy boots, and country music this place is for you! Even if you aren’t really into those things, you should try it anyway. The main strip is pretty small, so you could easily have the full experience in a night or two. Not to mention most bars don’t have cover charges so who is going to complain about that?
3. The Parthenon
It’s just a perfect little replica of the picturesque Greek building in a beautiful green park with a lake. Go there and see it. It’s adorable. You’ll want to take a million pictures. That’s all I have to say about that.
4. The Festivals
Festivals take place every weekend here, and I am a sucker for festivals. The weekend I went there was a peach festival going on where farmers came and sold their homegrown peaches and gave out samples of their peach-inspired products. I don’t generally like peaches, but I still enjoyed myself very much.
5. The Shops
So many different shops, each so diverse and unique! I wish I had endless money to spend because I would have taken entire stores home with me! Oh, and do NOT judge a book by it’s cover here! Some of the most dilapidated stores with the strangest names ended up having the best things! Definitely make time to go shopping when in Nashville.
6. The John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
You could spend hours on this bridge walking from one end to the other, looking out over the river, or taking massive amounts of pictures. My travel mates and I must have spent half a day trying to create the perfect photo from here. We even watched the sunset over the Cumberland River which was pretty neat!
7. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Have you ever wanted to visit a 3-story indoor garden? Well, no need to look any further because the Opryland Resort has got you covered! They have a new theme for the live garden (did I mention it was a live garden?) every season. As a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland, I was on cloud 9 when I saw that was the theme while I was there. The best part about this place by the way, is that it is free! You don’t need to be a guest to go in and check it out. Just act like you know what you’re doing, and no one will question you 😉
8. Nearby Parks
For a city, Nashville and the surrounding area certainly has a lot of green parks. Percy Warner Park is just the name of one place I explored while in Nashville.
9. The Jack Daniels Brewery Tour
While not technically in Nashville, this tour is close enough to the city that I needed to add it to the list. If you like whiskey, especially Jack, then this is THE tour for you! You will get to hear about the history of Jack Daniels and see the process of whiskey making. Plus you will get a chance to sample several different types of whiskey, which of course tasted amazing. The tour is on the pricier side, but if you are going to put down some cash while in Tennessee, this is the place to do it.
Franklin is also not in Nashville (it’s a separate town) but if you have an extra day to spare and a car to get you there, check it out! The town has a very classic look to it. When you’re there, you might feel like you are in a different century. Like Nashville, Franklin also has many different shops that have a host of unique items to bring back home as souvenirs. Many delicious tea, coffee, and ice cream shops are also scattered throughout the town if you need a quick break and a sweet treat.
I was sad to leave Nashville. There was much more I wanted to see and do, which is why I plan to visit again. If you haven’t been, please, please put it on your travel list!
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