Top 10 things to do in Nashville

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls, country aficionados and those who just can't get enough of that delicious fried chicken. Nashville's ready for you - but are you ready for Nashville?

Tennessee's capital is super popular with visitors, and home to some of the best music, food, art and people in the south. Plenty of our tours visit Nashville - and the Atlantic Dream, Big Eastern and Great 48 tours give you a whole free day to spend there. So if you're stuck for what to do when you're visiting 'Music City USA', here are ten of our favourite finds - whatever you're into.

Visit the Parthenon

Nashville Parthenon

Don't worry - we haven't gone really off map! In true quirky Nashville style, the city happens to have a life size replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Step inside to see the stone pillars and enormous reproduction of the Athena statue.

Go to the Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

Nashville's top attraction began as a radio show in 1925, and turned into an iconic part of American music culture. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Grand Ole Opry to see the show live. Grab your tickets and join them, or take a backstage tour.

Party on Broadway

Where else? Nashville's broadway is THE place to be, with live music every night of the week spilling from the brightly coloured bars along the street. For a toe-tappin' line dance party, check out the Wild Horse Saloon - there are even line dancing sessions to help you get your feet moving to the beat.

Eat ALL the fried chicken

Fried chicken at Party Fowl, Nashville

Nashville is all about spicy fried chicken - and thankfully, your friends here at TrekAmerica are very well versed in eating it. The awesomely named Party Fowl is a favourite for their delicious crispy skin, but beware - even the 'Hot' spice level has a lot more of a kick than expected. We also tried just a tiny dip of their 'Poultrygeist' marinade, and almost lost our faces. You've been warned!

Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame

A must-visit for those with even the slightest bit of interest in Nashville's country music history - and Taylor Swift fans. This comprehensive collection features artefacts from everyone who's been anyone in the history of the genre, including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and...Taylor Swift. 

Stop by the Gulch and get lifted

Nashville street art

Kelly Montague's 'What Lifts You' wings mural is perhaps one of the most photographed street art pieces in the world - and you can get your own wings in the Gulch district, just a short walk from Broadway. While you're there, explore the independent coffee shops and cafes that have popped up in the area in recent times.

Pick up some music memorabilia at Third Man Records

Third Man Records

Owned by Jack White, of White Stripes fame, Third Man is a record label and studio based in Nashville, with its own store packed with vinyl, memorabilia and lots and lots of yellow.

Meet the Man in Black

Johnny Cash museum

Another museum popular with our Trekkers, the Johnny Cash museum gives a fascinating insight into the country superstar, his life, fame and legacy.

Strut like a cowboy

Nashville cowboy boots

Planning on some line dancing in Nashville? Get yourself kitted out with the finest pair of cowboy boots y'all ever did see. Okay, they may be a bit pricey - but at the very least, head down to Nashville Cowboy (or any boot store in the area), try a pair on, and make the shop floor your very own catwalk. Yee-ha!  

See the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

This small exhibition documents Tennessee's biggest sporting successes, celebrating athletes and teams from the local area. If you're a sports fan, it's definitely worth a visit, and is housed next to the impressive Bridgestone Arena on Broadway.

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