Adoration 4 Adventure’s local guide for visitors to Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. by A4A guest writer, Katie Lopez.
Local guide posts provide recommendations for destinations from locals who are currently living or have lived in that particular place. Including information on the top places to eat, drink, stay and how to get around with an emphasis on saving money.
Overview of Nashville
Nashville is the second largest city in Tennessee and the fifth largest in the southeastern United States.
Nashville is nicknamed “Music City U.S.A.” but it has much more going on than just the music scene. Nashville offers a variety of attractions, restaurants, public parks, and of course music that makes its culture diverse. Anyone can find something to enjoy when visiting Nashville.
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Top 5 places to visit
5. 12South Neighborhood
The 12South Neighborhood is just a few miles from downtown Nashville and has a great restaurant scene that includes barbecue, burgers, Mexican food, Italian, ice cream, popsicles, specialty doughnuts, and more! The neighborhood also includes Sevier Park and locally owned boutiques for great shopping.
4. Radnor Lake
The park surrounding Radnor Lake has a variety of trails that anyone can walk with great views at every step. A 3-mile loop surrounds the lake and includes both paved and dirt paths. This path is mostly flat and is an easy hike. For the more active, there are also steep trails throughout the park.
3. Arrington Vineyards
From April to November, Arrington Vineyards puts on “Music in the Vines” where guests can listen to bluegrass music while sipping their wine on the lawn. This place is great for wine connoisseurs and family’s alike. They offer lawn space to enjoy a picnic and relax! Food can be brought in at no charge. Also, they offer a “picnic tasting” which includes four small pours of whatever wines you choose.
2. Cheekwood Botanical Garden
Cheekwood is a great place to walk around and enjoy nature. In addition to flowers, the garden also features various sculptural exhibits throughout the year. The flora change with the season and there is always something new to see.
1. Broadway Avenue
This iconic Nashville street is bustling with music and people. You will find live music in just about every bar you walk into. Several bars have open rooftops which offer a great view of the city and the Cumberland River. There are also some great attractions off of Broadway Street, including Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Eating and drinking
Aside from the 12South neighborhood, there are also great places to eat and drink in The Gulch, Hillsboro Village, Midtown, and East Nashville neighborhoods.
Hot (spicy) chicken is a Nashville specialty and Hattie B’s offers a variety of heat levels for any taste. Edley’s Barbeque is one of the best barbecue joints and has locations in the 12South and East Nashville neighborhoods.
Patterson House in Midtown is a former speakeasy and has an impressive drink menu that it always changing and always unique. Mas Tacos in East Nashville is one of the best (and cheap!) places to get Mexican food in town.
The easiest way for visitors to get around in Nashville is through ride-share apps like Lyft or Uber. The city is not very walkable from neighborhood to neighborhood, but ride-share prices are reasonable, especially when split with multiple people. Downtown parking can get expensive, but most other neighborhoods offer street parking or free parking for the first hour. There are public buses, but they tend to be focused more on commuters than out of town visitors.
There are a LOT of hotels in Nashville, especially downtown and on West End Ave. These are very convenient locations to get to anywhere else in the city. If staying with a large group, AirBnB is a great option. Many bustling areas of Nashville are also residential, so you are likely to find convenient locations with AirBnb.
Although there are a lot of hotels near the airport, it is better to stay closer than downtown than the airport. The airport is only 20 minutes from downtown, but it is not centrally located and Ubers and Lyfts more frequently traffic the downtown area.
Katie Lopez is a 20-something who strives to live a balanced life in terms of travel, exercise, healthy eating, and fun while navigating the adult world and responsibilities that come with it.
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