So country music is definitely not my thing. I didn’t know what I’d think of Nashville, but actually it was a lovely city which I really enjoyed spending some time in. Yes there are lots of hen and stag parties, and yes it’s all a bit in your face, but it’s also FUN. So once I’d accepted that, there was no stopping me.
I only had 2 days in Nashville, so here’s my Top 3:
ONE. Go and watch an Ice Hockey Game
The Ice Hockey is epic. Sport in America is so different to in the UK. It’s a night out; it’s entertainment. There’s music and the fans are all mixed together and the food is good. It’s also patriotic with the National Anthem played, and veterans honoured, and there’s Kiss Cam….The UK could learn a lot about putting on sporting events from America.
I watched the Predators take on the Blackhawks. And I drank beer and ate fries and had a lot of fun.
TWO. The Music
It’s called Music City for a reason. The honky tonk highway is quite spectacular and there is just music everywhere. There are a number of music related venues and museums you can visit, including:
- The Grand Ole Opry – the mother of all music venues. A Nashville institution. It began as a radio show in the 1920s and is now a world-renowned stage show. Get your tickets early. You can also tour the venue, though we chose not to
- The Ryman Auditorium – A huge concert venue, which was actually home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. This is an historic venue where Johnny Cash met June Carter, where country music found an audience, and careers took off. It’s open every day for tours and shows.
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Musicians Hall of Fame
- Johnny Cash Museum
Like I say, I’m not the biggest fan of Country music, but even I had an amazing time.
THREE. The Capitol area
These buildings were so lovely. And nice to combine with a stroll down the riverfront. I also had them all to myself which was a bonus!
Thank you for reading! Unfortunately, I only got to see the very main sights in Nashville in the short time I was there. Are you planning a longer trip? Have you already visited? Let me know in the comments below!