Nashville is second to none when it comes to live music and entertainment. And while the Music City is famous for its saloons and honkytonks, there’s more to explore beyond the bars of Broadway. Discover a variety of activities in and around Nashville with this travel guide.
1. Tennessee State Capital Building
Opened in 1859, the Tennessee State Capital Building is one of only 12 state capitals in America without a dome. It’s also the final resting place of two former U.S. presidents. Centrally located in Downtown Nashville, the National Historic Landmark features 45-minute guided tours Monday through Friday.
2. Jack Daniel’s Distillery
For more than 150 years, Lynchburg, Tennessee has been the much-esteemed home of the Jack Daniels Distillery, part of the Tennessee Whiskey Trail. The celebrated estate features a visitors’ center, general store, barrel shop, restaurant, and more. The distillery offers daily tours and is open to the public 358 days a year.
3. Hatch Show Print
A working letterpress shop first opened in 1879, Hatch Show Print has been printing some of the most iconic country music posters in the United States. Now part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the shop is a must see when visiting Nashville. Weekly public and private tours are available.
4. Pinewood Social
Morning, noon, or night, Pinewood Social offers a trendy, comfortable atmosphere with a range of dining and entertainment. Gather with family to bowl the custom hardwood lanes, catch up with a friend over a signature cocktail, or relax with a hot cup of classic drip coffee. The choice is yours at this friendly, vibrant Nashville spot.
5. Ryman Auditorium
Once hailed as the Carnegie of the South, the Ryman isn’t just an auditorium, it’s sacred ground. Built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, it would one day become the home of the Grand Ole Opry. The venue is very much alive today with the spirit of the acts and performers who’ve graced the legendary hall. No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to the Ryman.
6. Nashville Farmers’ Market
Founded in the early 1800s, the Nashville Farmers’ Market is a staple of Downtown Nashville. Visitors will find an open-air food hall with more than 20 restaurants and eateries. The year-round market also features fresh produce, artisans, and local purveyors.
7. Belle Meade
The Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery tells the 19th-century story of the people of Belle Meade. Learn of the two families who once lived at the estate and of the men, women, and children who labored there. The historic site is open daily and features tours and outdoor activities.
8. GooGoo Shop
The Goo Goo Cluster wasn’t just invented in Nashville, it’s also considered Nashville’s official candy. Invented in 1912, the Goo Goo Cluster captured the hearts of millions with its signature combination of nuts, caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate. Stop into this tasty spot for a delicious treat adored by locals and visitors alike.