It is impossible to visit Nashville without listening to live music and appreciating the deeply rooted music history that seeps throughout the city. Music lovers may feel overwhelmed trying to hit all the high notes during a short visit to Nashville. Check out our recommendations of all the must-sees in 48 hours.
Country Music Hall of Fame
For a full country music history lesson, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. The breadth of music history, Nashville facts, and artist background information is impressive. Even well-versed music buffs will learn a thing or two visiting the museum.
Photo: Country Music Hall of Fame
After appreciating country music’s roots, walk over the Ryman, one of the most revered country music institutions for a tour. After walking through the historic walls, you’ll learn why people worship the stage as the “Mother Church of Country Music.”
Photo: The Ryman
Music Row is littered with recording studios and publishing houses. Before Nashville exploded into the popular metropolis you’ll see today, Music Row was the beating heart of the city. Walk the streets to appreciate the old school Nashville vibes.
The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is another Nashville institution that draws visitors from all over the globe. For a peak at the famous six-foot wooden circle that has seen country music’s royalty, book a tour. You’ll learn about the evolution from an hour-long barn dance on the radio to one of the most sought after stages in the world.
Photo: The Grand Ole Opry
An unassuming strip mall joint, the Bluebird Café is where many famous singers and songwriters got their start. A café with an appreciation for acoustic sets and emphasis on listening, you can check out shows as well as the famous open mic night on Mondays.
If you want to check out local and burgeoning talent, head down to Broadway and step into any honky tonk. You’ll be blown away at the vocal chops around every turn and corner. Chances are, you’ll probably witness an artist that will be famous one day.
Heather Brown, a Nashville Guide writer
Hailing from the Old Dominion, I've easily adapted my "Virginia is for Lovers" slogan to the "Nashville is for Music Lovers" lifestyle. After moving to Music City from Oklahoma City, I've explored middle Tennessee through the lens of artists' paintbrushes and urban canvasses. I've enjoyed eating, sipping, and dancing my way through Tennessee's capital while pausing periodically to strike a pose throughout the journey.