1. Lower Broadway.
Want to have your heartstrings pulled while hanging out with your friends? Come to Robert’s Western World and listen to some soulful honky-tonk.
2. Big country breakfasts with world-famous biscuits.
Famed for their flaky biscuits, country ham, and chicken, The Loveless Cafe is the classic southern diner you MUST visit.
3. Quite simply, the Grand Ole Opry.
A radio show that’s been around since 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is what “made country music famous.” Take a visit to honor its grand history and the contemporary artists who perform there now.
5. The musical diversity.
If you’re a little worn out by all the honky-tonk, come to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the 3,600-pipe concert organ, and stay for the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony.
6. The upscale cuisine.
Chef Deb Paquette brings Mediterranean, Asian, and North African cuisine to Etch. It’s a refreshing detour from the sea of fried chicken.
7. The rich history.
During the Civil War, the Battle of Nashville was pushed into the front yard of the 1853 Belle Meade Plantation, also known as the “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations.” Visit the grounds to see the still-intact battle scars.
8. The Historic RCA Studio B where music legends were made.
RCA Studio B was the recording spot for some of the biggest names in country music, such as Elvis and Dolly Parton. Stop by this legend, which is now a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame, to see behind the scenes of country music history.
9. The fried chicken! Especially the spicy fried chicken!
Many restaurants may boast that they have the best fried chicken in America, but at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, it’s to be believed. People go wild over the chicken and waffles, but be warned — their “Damn Hot” chicken really is just that.
10. The art.
Around since 1879, the Hatch Show Print shop has survived the times with their beautiful hand-designed, hand-cut, and hand-inked posters.
11. The beautiful architecture and small-town vibes.
Called the “mother church of country music,” the Ryman Auditorium has been around since 1892 when it was originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle. Now it’s a famous concert hall that’s held many legendary acts such as Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.
12. The pancakes and southern hospitality.
The Pancake Pantry boasts that they have “uncommonly good pancakes” and a friendly atmosphere. After looking at these fluffy cakes, it’s hard not to believe them — would you really want to eat pancakes anywhere else?