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Visit Nashville, Tennessee

Welcome back y'all! This week, we take you along as we explore the famous Music City... Nashville, Tennessee!

Located at the northern end of the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway in Middle Tennessee, Nashville is also known as the Athens of the South.

We'll share several FREE things to do in Nashville, some Nashville history (along with some Texas history that Nashville shares), some of the live music venues, popular Nashville tourist spots, some hidden gems to see while you're in Nashville, and where we RV camped during our visit.

There are SO MANY fun and interesting things to do in Nashville TN, that it was really difficult to narrow down what to see and do during our 6 night visit. We cover a lot of unique Nashville venues in this video, and we will absolutely be back to see more!

Why is Nashville a Travel Destination?

NIRVC Music City Expo

5 FREE Things To Do in Nashville TN

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Fun Things to Do in Nashville

Tennessee State Museum

Nashville Sounds AAA Baseball

Tennessee Capitol Building Tours

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

General Jackson Showboat

Historic Ryman Auditorium

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge AKA the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge

Lower Broadway AKA The Honky Tonk Highway or NashVegas

We also visited Fort Nashborough, a replica of the 1780s fort at the settlement that would become Nashville. Unfortunately, there was not much to see.

Places to Eat in Nashville

We enjoyed these Nashville restaurants during our visit.

Cock of the Walk Restaurant

Opry Backstage Grill

Caney Fork River Valley Grille

Scoreboard Bar and Grill (Get the Hot Chicken!)

Our Campsite in Nashville TN
Our Campsite in Nashville
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More Things to Do in Nashville

We look forward to seeing these attractions on future visits to Nashville...

Nashville Trolley
Nashville Trolley

Why is Nashville called "The Athens of the South"?

Aside from the obvious answer (and definitely one of the most unique features of Nashville): the city's full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, the name is also said to be related to higher education. Nashville is home to more than 20 colleges and universities including Vanderbilt University. By the way, they say that Nashville's Parthenon is the only full-scale replica of the original in the world! You'll find the Parthenon on the West End of the city.

Tips for Visiting Nashville

If you are visiting Nashville for the first time, you'll definitely want to spend at least a little time on Music Row and visiting the iconic venues that historic downtown Nashville is known for, but don't forget to take the time to learn some of Nashville's and Tennessee's history by visiting the Tennessee State Museum, the State of Tennessee Capitol Building and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

You can find live music performances and rising stars everywhere in town from the top attractions to the downtown area and even the Taco Bell. And it's not just for country music fans! The heart of Nashville is its live music scene, and during our visit we heard a LOT of different musical genres.

When you've had your fill of music venues, consider visiting the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame or Centennial Park featuring the replica of the Parthenon complete with a 42 foot tall statue of Athena (said to be the largest indoor statue in the United States). This was the site of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

If you are staying near the Opry, like we did, many of the motels and RV parks are served by a Downtown Shuttle Bus. For a fee ($10/per person at the time of our visit), the shuttle will drop you off and pick you back up in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame. All of downtown Nashville is an easy walk from there. You'll need to let the shuttle service know that you plan to ride.

Our Basecamp for This Visit

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For More Information on Visiting Nashville

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp

Nashville TN Fun Facts

Approximate Population




Year Founded


Average Summer Temperatures

65Β° - 90Β°

Average Winter Temperatures

29Β° - 52Β°

Geographic Area

526 square miles

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A Few Photos from Our Visit to Nashville

Honky Tonk Highway
Exploring the Honky Tonk Highway
General Jackson Showboat
General Jackson Showboat
Baseball's Only Guitar-Shaped Scoreboard
Baseball's Only Guitar-Shaped Scoreboard
Tom Playing Jazz
Tom "Playing" Jazz at Madame Tussauds
Dolly Parton Mural
One of Many Murals Around Town
Sunset View From the Pedestrian Bridge
Sunset View From the Pedestrian Bridge
Live Music Everywhere!
Live Music Everywhere!
History Walk at Bicentennial Park
History Walk at Bicentennial Park

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Tom and Stacie Langland
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