My Top 10 Things To Do in Nashville, TN

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Welcome to the Music City! Whoohoo!
I stayed at the Hyatt Place Nashville Downtown ($300 per night) ~ best room and breakfasts ever. Over the course of three fun filled days, I did so much walking my butt hurt, but for the longer trips, I was lucky enough to have Uber at my disposal.

Each day, I embarked on a new adventure. You will first have to forgive me for an offense for which I am guilty: not being a carnivorous, or a connoisseur of bar hopping. That said, I chose a somewhat artistic route to fill my days. Make sure you take lots of pictures using Instagram’s Nashville filter, especially of the AT&T building (which locals fondly refer to as the Batman building).

Here is my list of travel tips for you:

1) Go to the Johnny Cash Museum ($17 admission). He and June’s love story is endearingly enduring. Listen to Ring of Fire with the display’s headphones, watch a documentary of Johnny imitating Elvis, notice his legacy, and buy yourself a Johnny Cash wallet for your man and memorabilia for yourself.

2) When in Nashville, BBQ is all the rage. Walking down Broadway, I heard some nice music from a chick band, so I thought I would enjoy the show and some lunch. This was at Rippy’s. I ordered a pulled chicken sandwich with baked beans and an iced tea. I put BBQ sauce on it, and it was okay, but I am not really big on meat. Better than the so-called legendary BBQ at Jack’s, which was all fatty with bones. Ew!

3) Go to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts ($12 adults). Talk to the people who work there. I was lucky enough to stumble in as the tour guide invited me on her group tour for their exhibit Postcards of the Weiner Werkstatte ~ a collection of tiny, artistic postcards from Vienna, Autria (where my family is from). Yeah!

4) I really fell in love with Cheekwood Botantical Garden & Museum of Art. It’s just a short drive from Nashville into blissful tranquility. In the Japanese gardens, I saw so many cardinals (my favorite birds) and chipmunks! They were so cute and tiny. The flowers were so vibrant; my eyes and mind were brought back to life from their brilliant variety of colors! The Cheekwood home is just like a fairy-tale palace. I saw the Juame Plensa Human Landscape exhibit that truly changed my life, and was just what the doctor ordered! Absolutely magical! If you ever get the chance to see his work, trust me ~ you must!

5) Have a pumpkin pie (if it’s in season) from the Pineapple Room at Cheekwood.

6) Go to the Parthenon ($6) the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville’s premier urban park. It is a full scale recreation with beautiful art and a larger than life statue of Athena (inside) just as it was in ancient Greece. Buy yourself a mini Pegasus for extra good luck. Get a couple, and give as gifts!

7) Have a cup of cafe from Tin Cup. Write a review on Yelp to help generate business for them, and good karma points for you.

8 8) Visit Union Station, which was originally a train station but has since been renovated into a hotel. In it heyday, this hub was the bustling heart of activity in Nashville.

9) See a concert at Nashville Symphony!

10) Pick one: a shot of moonshine from Acme Feed & Seed, or a Goo Goo Cluster (a sweet, nutty chocolate treat ~ what I did)… and head over to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. You’re in the music city!

Check out my pictures and create your own adventure!



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