Nashville's Top Landmarks

Nashville will surprise you. Explore a replica of the Parthenon, the largest European car collection in the US, the home of a US president and, of course, venues to hear music, music and more music!

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Belle Meade Plantation

Take a journey back in time and visit Civil War landmarks and plantations, which showcase the city’s rich history. Tour the 30-acre Belle Meade Plantation, which includes a visitors center, cabin, carriage house, winery, diary, stable, mausoleum and reconstructed slave quarters. The estate started as a small farm in the early 1800s and grew into a site for boarding and breeding Thoroughbred horses. As the plantation flourished, its resident family would soon become one of the largest slave owners in Nashville.

Music City Walk of Fame

Take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Since the Walk was established in 2006, it’s grown to include nearly more than 70 names.

Nashville Pedal Tavern

Take a 2-hour bar crawl on a 16-person bicycle. Nashville Pedal Tavern provides bikes to rent, a cooler, ice and cups, but patrons must bring their own beverages. Throw caution to the wind and take one of several bike routes, including options outside the Lower Broadway district, to explore the city’s bars, restaurants and shops.


See this symbol of ancient Greece -- in Nashville’s Centennial Park. This full-scale replica of the Parthenon was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood. Nashville’s reputation as the “Athens of the South” (the city is home to many colleges and universities) sparked the idea for the replica.

Lane Motor Museum

Nashville is home to the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the US. The Lane Motor Museum features more than 330 automobiles -- such as this 1923 model built by Czechoslovakian manufacturer Tatra as one of the first “people’s cars” envisioned by designer Hans Ledwinka.

General Jackson Showboat

Relive America’s riverboat days aboard the General Jackson, one of the largest showboats in America. Take in views of the Cumberland River from any of the 4 massive decks, and enjoy live country music from a 2-story Victorian theater. The riverboat is named for US president Andrew Jackson.

Nashville Zoo

See this African elephant at the Nashville Zoo, just 6 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. The 200-acre grounds are home to other endangered animal species as well, including the hyacinth macaw parrot, the Puerto Rican crested toad and the Bengal tiger.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore a uniquely American musical sound at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The $37,000,000-facility illustrates country music’s evolution over 2 centuries. Hear the museum’s historic sound collection, which includes 98% of all country music tracks ever made before World War II.

Belmont Mansion

This Italian villa-style summer home was built in 1849 by one of the wealthiest women of the antebellum South. Adelicia Acklen lived here almost until the end of her life, in 1887. Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee.

Johnny Cash Museum

Are you fan of country singer Johnny Cash? Then don’t miss out on visiting this museum, one of Nashville’s newest attractions. Explore the Founder’s Suite to see some of the music icon’s rare memorabilia and antique furniture. The museum also functions as a multipurpose event space.

The District

Discover Nashville's live music scene in the District. The downtown area, around Broadway and 2nd Avenue, is home to many bars, restaurants, dance halls and concert venues.Live music performances go until 3 a.m. on weekends.

Grand Ole Opry

Pay a visit to country music’s most famous stage -- otherwise known as the Grand Ole Opry. The weekly performances have been going strong since 1925. Big-time names such as the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts have performed here.

The Hermitage

Tour one of the best-preserved homes of a US president. After retiring from public life, Andrew Jackson lived on this sprawling 1,000-acre plantation home known as the Hermitage. See Jackson’s personal artifacts inside, such as pistols, watches and swords.

RCA Studio B

Music fans will enjoy exploring this historic studio, where many famous artists — including Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and the Everly Brothers — recorded some of their biggest hits, transforming Nashville into Music City. Now renovated and restored, RCA Studio B is also used as a classroom for local students learning the science of sound and recording technology.

Tennessee State Museum

Visit one of the largest state museums in America. Spanning over 60,000 square feet, the Tennessee State Museum explores the state's history, from pre-colonial days to modern times. The museum houses an impressive Civil War collection, one of the largest in the nation.

Frist Center for Visual Arts

There’s always something new to see at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. The art-exhibition center sees new art flow into its Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks. Exhibitions focus on visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major US and international artists.

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974. It then fell into disrepair -- until singer Emmylou Harris held several concerts in the 2,362-seat venue. Since its renovation in 1994, Ryman has hosted many world-class performers -- from Aretha Franklin to Annie Lennox.

Printer’s Alley

Welcome to Printer’s Alley, the famous area in downtown Nashville that’s home to numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In the early 1900s, Printer’s Alley was a prominent hub for newspapers, print shops and book publishers.

Woodhouse Day Spa

Take a short 30-minute drive from Nashville to relax and rejuvenate at the Woodhouse Day Spa in Franklin, TN. As one of the best spas in the area, this award-winning facility offers a variety of services, including day packages, signature facials, sleep treatments, massage therapy and body treatments such as a 50-minute wild lavender and seaweed sugar glow. Sounds divine!

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