Nashville Travel Guide

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1-day Itinerary in Nashville

Explore the best things to do in Paris in 1 day based on recommendations from local experts.

Day 1

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    #5
    Ryman Auditorium
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    #5 in Nashville
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    There's no better place to start absorbing Nashville's musical heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. It's no longer home to the Grand Ole Opry, but the auditorium continues to host contemporary acts like Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Luke Combs. Recent visitors suggest opting for a tour to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the legendary music venue. Sit in on the "Soul of Nashville" screening for a multidimensional experience that uses archival images and footage of performers from the Ryman's past to illustrate its role in music history. Plus, you can learn about the auditorium's backstory with its "Workin' on a Building" exhibit, which displays artifacts from the Ryman's construction. What's more, you can test out your own pipes at the Ryman's recording studio and record a CD to take home as a souvenir.

    Recent travelers enjoyed touring the Ryman Auditorium, but many say the best way to experience it is at a concert. Check the concert hall's website for upcoming shows to see if an artist you enjoy is playing during your visit. Shows often sell out, so be sure to book far in advance.

    Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours cost $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 11 (there is an additional charge for the guided Backstage Tour option). For more information on the Ryman Auditorium, its exhibits and its events, visit the website.

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    5 minute walk
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    #4
    The Johnny Cash Museum
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    #4 in Nashville
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    Uncover the enigma behind The Man in Black with a visit to The Johnny Cash Museum. The museum, which opened in April 2013, boasts the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia, including films, handwritten notes and letters penned by Cash himself along with more than 25 costumes made famous during the music legend's career. Exhibits spotlight different periods in Cash's life, including his years in the Air Force, his marriage to June Carter and his famous prison concert tour. And because the museum is officially endorsed by the Cash family, you can bet you'll stumble across other personal mementos not available to the public anywhere else, like a stone wall excavated from Johnny and June's Hendersonville Lake House that's been repurposed into one of the exhibits. Johnny Cash fans loved the wealth of information on display at this museum.

    Not much of a Cash devotee? Recent visitors said you should still make time to see the museum. Some do warn, however, that it can get crowded. The Johnny Cash Museum welcomes visitors daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for adults costs $19.95; seniors, students and members of the military pay $18.95 and youths 15 and younger can get in for $15.95. Children younger than 6 enjoy free admission. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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    5 minute walk
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    John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
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    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND
    Sightseeing, Free
    TYPE
    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    Closed to automobile traffic in 1998, the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge provides outstanding views of the Cumberland River and the Nashville skyline. The bridge connects downtown Nashville with the suburb of East Nashville, and is a reliable way to cross the river. It brings out the inner photographer in most tourists, as various points along the bridge allow travelers to capture different angles of Nashville.

    Visitors come here for the panoramic views and to escape the busy downtown crowds. From the bridge, travelers can see Nissan Stadium (home to the Tennessee Titans) and any happenings on the Cumberland River. Though there are not many places to sit on the pedestrian bridge, it can be a good spot to enjoy the sunset with a loved one, according to travelers. Visitors also note that it is worthwhile seeing the view from the bridge during the day and at night to get the full effect.

    You'll find the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge just a short walk south of downtown Nashville; there is no fee to access the bridge. There are ramps, stairs and elevators on both sides of the bridge. If you drive, visitors suggest parking in the Nissan Stadium lots, where free parking is available on certain levels. The bridge is also just a short walk from the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame. For additional information on the history of the bridge and its architecture, visit its website.

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    5-10 minute walk
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    #10
    Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
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    #10 in Nashville
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Entertainment and Nightlife, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND

    After a day exploring the roots of the "Country Music Capital of the World," why not experience the sounds of Music City first-hand? If you're looking for an authentic atmosphere with top-notch performances, Tootsie's "World Famous" Orchid Lounge is the place to go. Since the days when the Grand Ole Opry still sought refuge at the Ryman Auditorium, this downtown bar has been featuring performances by both world-renowned and up-and-coming artists.

    Recent visitors suggest abandoning your inhibitions and hitting the upstairs dance floor, but you'll find the largest crowd congregated downstairs around the bar and stage. Though some travelers bemoan the bar's cramped atmosphere, others say that's just part of the Tootsie's experience. You can stay at Tootsie's until the wee hours of the morning, and luckily there's no cover charge. For a list of upcoming performances, check out the lounge's website.

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