This past March my family and I took a short road trip through Kentucky and Tennessee, ending with one day in Nashville – the ultimate country music lover’s destination.
Due to time limitations, we wanted to make sure that we saw as much of the as we could in a short amount of time. I think we did a pretty good job, and figured that I would share our itinerary one day in Nashville itinerary with anyone planning their own trip to Music City.
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How to Get to Nashville
Nashville International Airport is just a few miles from downtown and where you’ll be flying in to if you go by plane. There are a few direct flights from international destinations, and plentiful ones from within the United States.
Both Greyhound and Megabus operate services to Nashville. Greyhound has buses from all over the country, and Megabus operates buses to Nashville from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville.
Of course, if you’re on a road trip, then reaching Nashville by car is super easy!
Where to Stay in Nashville
If you’re planning on spending the night after your one day in Nashville, here are a few great options:
One Day in Nashville Itinerary
After fueling up with a hearty breakfast, make your way to the Nashville Parthenon.
One of the most iconic symbols of the city, the full size replica of the Greek Parthenon is truly a sight to behold. It’s great for imagining what the temple must have been like before it was destroyed.
By going in the early morning you can beat out the crowds that will show up later in the day. You might even take some time to enjoy the absolutely lovely surrounding park!
Lunch on Broadway
For lunch head on down to Broadway, where you will find a plethora of options for your mid-day meal. We made our decision based on several internet recommendations and were not let down by Jack’s Bar-B-Que, a fast and delicious counter service barbecue restaurant with patio views of the Ryman Auditorium.
Country Music Hall of Fame
After lunch make the short walk over to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Though you are likely to encounter a long line for tickets, it is well worth the wait (or just
You gain access to several floors of country music memorabilia and history – including Elvis’ car!
Even if you aren’t the biggest country fan in the world, I definitely recommend setting an hour or two aside for the place. You’re sure to find something there that you’ll enjoy.
Another must-visit for country music fans is the famous Ryman Auditorium.
Once the home of the Grand Ole Opry and the heart of country music since 1892, this absolutely historic theatre is a sight to behold. You can either take a
After getting your fill of country music history walk back over to Broadway. Take a stroll along the street towards the riverside, checking out the shops as you go along.
You definitely can’t go wrong with the buy one get two free deal at the various boot stores around town.
Take a moment to relax by the river after all of your shopping. Or take a walk along Nashville’s John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.
Grand Ole Opry
After grabbing a bite to eat make your way over to Opryland and take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry. This live radio show has been going for almost 100 years.
No matter who’s performing it’s sure to be a hell of a night. The perfect end to your perfect day in Nashville.
Alternatively, if you want a real VIP experience,
One day in nashville: other things to do
More time or just want to get off-the-beaten-path on your one day in Nashville? Here are a few alternative things to do!
Take a food tour – Nashville is home to some seriously amazing food, and a food tour is one of the best ways to experience all that the city has to offer!
Check out the breweries and distilleries – In addition to its delicious food, Nashville also has some great drink. Go
Take a tour with a song writer –
Learn more about Black History – There’s a LOT more to Nashville than country music, so take some time to learn more about that history. Take a Black History walking tour like
Check out the street art – Nashville also has some amazing street art.
And there you have it – the complete guide to what to do with one day in Nashville!