As the state capital of Tennessee, home to numerous universities and center for a booming music industry, Nashville is a culturally-rich haven on the Cumberland River. From city parks to Honky Tonks, Music City has something to offer visitors of every age. And whether you’d rather spend your day in a museum or on a hike, you certainly shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to sample some of Tennessee’s finest Southern cooking—buttermilk biscuits, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, and hot chicken abound!
Start your trip at one of Nashville’s most popular spots, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This vast institution has been called the “Smithsonian of country music.” With a collection of thousands of artifacts, rotating exhibitions, and not one but two theaters for live performances, it certainly lives up to the nickname. One special music figure has his very own museum, where fans can take a deeper dive into history—the Johnny Cash Museum. Here, you can take a self-guided tour through Cash’s life and legacy and learn more about his contribution to the country music cannon.
Located on the banks of the Cumberland River in warm and sunny middle Tennessee, Nashville and the surrounding area have plenty of green space to offer visitors. Spend an afternoon on a paddleboard or kayak drifting down the Cumberland River itself, which originates in the Appalachian Mountains and winds its way through the Nashville City Center. Take a day trip to Cummins Falls, a popular destination less than two hours away by car. Visitors can hike downhill to the swimming hole, which is located at the foot of the impressive 75-foot waterfall. For a taste of nature that doesn’t require hiking boots or a swim suit, make your way to Centennial Park, an urban green space complete with a dog park, volleyball courts, and a replica of the Greek Parthenon.