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3 Days in Nashville: A Weekend Itinerary

Nashville, Tennessee is a town with a lot of spunk! A popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties, Music City has a lot to offer visitors. It has all the charm of a small Southern city but with the lineup of things to do comparable to cities that are much bigger!

Pro tip: Uber and Lyft are the best way to get around downtown, we noticed that Lyft is quite a bit cheaper! Try getting picked up by the Cumberland River for cheaper prices and easier coordination.

Check out this itinerary for 3 days in Nashville!

Day 1

To kick off your trip, start with visiting the heart of Music City – downtown!

Morning

Tennessee State Capitol

SEE: Head over to Tennessee State Capitol building and check out Victory Park and the Andrew Jackson Statue surrounding it. Take a free guided tour of the Capitol but note that the Capitol is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

EAT: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so take a trip to Puckett’s for a hearty meal. Choose from options like slow-smoked pulled pork on top of sweet potato pancakes and fried apples, or check out their fried apples. If you just want a quick caffeine stop, check out the Frothy Monkey just down the street for some coffee and pastries.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Afternoon

SEE: Pick from your choice of country music legends and go to the Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! Afterward, stroll over the to the Music City Walk of Fame Park across from the Hall of Fame.

EAT: We ate at the Music City Chicken Company for some good ol’ Nashville hot chicken! When we went there was a 20% off entire check check-in offer on their Yelp page so check that before you go!

Evening

SEE: Tonight is your chance to go on Broadway! Broadway is the main bar-hopping street with live music in nearly every bar and restaurant. We especially loved Dierks Bentleys’ Whiskey Row and Rippy’s Bar and Grill. Bar hop the night away because none of the bars have a cover charge!

Pro Tip: check out the Instagram account Broadway Uncensored to see what Broadway becomes after dark. Not for children!

Broadway at night

EAT: We loved Jack’s Bar-Be-Que which is set up cafeteria-style. Don’t miss the smoked brisket made only the way Southerners can – delightfully!


Day 2

Today you’ll get a different to see a different slice of Nashville! Check out the northeastern side of Nashville where you’ll find the Grand Ole Opry.

Morning

Gaylord Gardens

SEE: The Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens are part of a large, expensive hotel but that doesn’t mean you have to miss its 9-acres of gardens which are FREE to visit. Highlights include the Aqua Fountain Show, Delta Riverboat Tour, and International Waters Fountain Show. Check out the glass roof that covers the whole garden area – it’s pretty amazing and also built to withstand 140-mile winds!

EAT: For some cheaper food, try the Cascades American Cafe inside the hotel or grab a coffee at the Cocoa Bean.

Pro Tip: Park at the Grand Ole Opry mall and walk to the hotel to save on parking costs!

Afternoon

Now you’ll cruise over to the Grand Ole Opry for more country music history!

SEE: The Grand Ole Opry is a huge piece of Nashville’s history! Go take a 1-hour guided tour and see the dressing rooms of the stars, stand on the stage, and get ready for your close up! Buy your backstage tour tickets in advance or join one of the daytime tours departing every 15 minutes.

EAT: Across the street from the Opry is a mall with a plethora of dining options. If you need a little hair of the dog stop at the Bavarian Bierhaus for a pretzel and beer. The mall also offers Starbucks, TGIFriday’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, and Mission BBQ.

Cumberland River

Evening

SEE: Head back to downtown to see the Cumberland River that winds through Nashville and find a boat, kayak, or stand up paddleboard tour. If you’d rather just relax on the riverfront, check out Cumberland Park or the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge for the stunning city and sunset views.

Pro Tip: the Grand Ole Opry also sells a combo riverboat cruise ticket with the daytime tours!

EAT: Eat at the Acme Feed & Seed at the edge of Downtown for some great Southern food! Don’t miss the rooftop patio and creative cocktails.


Day 3

It’s your last day in Nashville! Make the most of it and be sure to pick up some hot sauce souvenirs for the family.

Morning

SEE: Start your morning in the 12 South neighborhood, a cute little shopping area with boutiques, coffee shops, murals, and more photo ops. Note that most of these stores close early so it’s a good daytime stop.

EAT: Kick-off the day at Five Daughters Bakery, an adorable little spot for coffee and donuts.

Afternoon

SEE: Head north to see the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the actual Parthenon in Greece. Go inside to see the 42-foot gilded sculpture of Athena, the permanent display of American paintings from the Cowan Collection, the history of the Nashville Parthenon dating back to the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and various temporary shows and exhibitions!

Inside the park

The Parthenon is inside Centennial Park, a large park with a lake inside that’s great for wandering around.

EAT: Since you obviously need more barbeque in your life, stop at Martin’s Bar-B-Que outside the park. For a lighter choice try Jet’s Pizza which has uniquely flavored crusts and deep dish options.

Evening

SEE: Next up is the Gulch neighborhood, which is an upscale area chockful of popular murals. Check out this guide to see them all! Explore all the things to see in the Gulch here. Check out the nightlife at Bar Louie for a fun but low-key night to wind down your trip!

EAT: Whiskey Kitchen is our pick, full of comfort food at a reasonable price! Find all the local favorites here.


Where to Stay

We personally loved staying in an Air B&B in Nashville! There are tons available for groups big and small and you’ll get the amenities of being at home.

Book your Air B&B using this link and get up to $40 off!


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