If you are planning a trip to Nashville for more than one day, you will get some useful travel planning ideas here.
Celebrate downtown! Hit Broadway and jump from bar to bar let your ear be your guide. Live music starts at 11 oclock and ends at 2 oclock in the morning so take on yourself. Now downtown Nashville does not have many local restaurants - mostly chains. But the local is good. Have lunch at Pucketts Grocery or Arnolds for some good southern food. Visit the Tennessee Museum for a self-directed history section, or hit the Country Music Hall of Fame if youre really involved in country music. There are many attractions and tours downtown so you will not be lost for things to keep you busy. Treat yourself to dinner on some ribs at Jacks, or a more advanced dinner at Merchants Restaurant, both on Broadway. If you are the center on the first Saturday of the month, explore the art district on the 5th and in the arcade. The crawling is from 6-9 PM and you can enjoy free drinks and eats. It shows another, eclectic, sophisticated side of Nashville that people usually can not see.
Nashville loves his sport and is passionate about his team. Also participate in the thrill of Titans, Predators or Sounds.
Book a show at Grand Ole Opry and go out to that part of the city. This is also where the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is, as is the Opry Mills Mall and where General Jackson cruises originate. This area of the city is a bit tired, except for the above, as many hotels and attractions were built in the 70s and 80s to accommodate all visitors to Opryland Amusement Park. When Gaylord plowed it down for a shopping mall (albeit a good shopping mall), the site hit a direct hit on behalf of visitors. However, its a safe area, but there are very few local places to eat. Youd better have a meal at Opryland Hotel. Now, if you park outside Dave & Busters at Opry Mills Mall, located right next to Grand Ole Opry, you can take the way back to Opryland Hotel and avoid $ 20 parking fee that they charge for people to park for 1-2 hours. After walking around the beautiful hotel (and its a show stop) you can do some shopping at Opry Mills, splurge on a lunch cruise at General Jackson or hang out in the plaza area outside Opry. People start coordinating there about 2 hours before the show time and they usually have some entertainment outside if weather permits. There are food and beverage (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) suppliers on site.
Hit the Pancake Pantry at 21st in Midtown for breakfast. Arrives before 10 or be prepared to stand in line. This is a Nashville tradition. Not sure if the pancakes motivate a two-hour line, but nobody seems to care. Hillsboro Village is an excellent area of the city, nestled between Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. It is about 2 miles from downtown and is included in what people refer to as the Midtown area. After a rich breakfast head to Belle Meade Plantation and enjoy their vineyard. Then, go for a walk in the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens or a walk in Percy Warner Park. You may also want to check out the Parthenon in Centennial Park where you can see the largest indoor statue in the Western Hemisphere!
Then you can catch an early dinner at one of the great Midtown local restaurants (contrary to downtown there are endless local offers here). The favorites are Boundry, Sunset Grill, Cabana, Jacksons and Boscos. After dinner, enjoy the local music scene with less tourists. The Division includes Red Door, Losers, Blue Bar and Rebar. 21st has even more choices. Everyone is within walking distance to each other and still a $ 5 cab ride back from downtown.
Head South 15 miles to Franklin for the day. It has a great civil war history and is so picturesque and unspoilt. It is listed in 1000 Places to Visit Before You Die manual. It is located in Williamson County, which is always ranked in the top ten most prosperous counties in the United States. Discover the entire Civil War history in downtown Franklin and drive through all the specialty stores on Main Street. Satisfactory, there is very little live music in Franklin, although that is where most country music stars live. However, you can bet at Kimbros Pickin Parlor (closed Sunday and Monday) or Bungernut Pig on Columbia Ave. Go to the factory for more unique shops, and have lunch at Saffire. Their blueberry martini is so delicious. If you want to round out your Williamson County experience, go to the Kix Brooks Vineyard, Arrington Vineyards for a free wine tasting. Before you leave, stop by Merrides Breadbasket in Franklin and pick up some baggage packages. Arrington Vineyards has music in the vines, on weekends. The rolling hills in the background are amazing.
Recover! But if you really want something to do, go to Lynchburg, TN for a tour of Jack Daniels Distillery.