If you're a country fan, it's time to dig out those cowboy boots and book a trip to Nashville, Tennessee – the home of the best country music you will ever hear. Nothing will leave you feeling like a true country fan than a visit to the famous Grand Ole Opry stage or a stroll in the District, which is packed with legendary honky-tonks and stacked with bars, dance halls and live music. So start practicing that country drawl, dig out your best cowboy hat and hit the road. When you get there, be sure to check out the list below for the Top 10 things to see and do in famous Nashville, Tennessee.
Discover Things to See and Do in Nashville, Tennessee
Belle Meade Plantation
You can take a step back in history by visiting this mansion, once owned by Belle Meade, the self-proclaimed Queen of Tennessee plantations. The 1853 Greet Revival mansion has been restored to reflect its Confederate days and offers tours by workers wearing period clothing. The 1832 slave cabin also still stands on the property as a reminder of the sacrifices made by slaves at the time.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
To see the best of the country world, you must visit this museum, which has been the home of Country Music since 1967. The exhibit shows a vast collection that shows the country music's story through two centuries. There are video clips and recorded music, a regular menu of live musical performances and public programs as well as live satellite radio broadcasts.
Grand Ole Opry
If you want to see some of the best up-and-coming country artists of the future, this is where you want to be. The Opry – known as the music phenomenon of the world - is one of the best venues for any artist who wants to make it big. And many have, including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Minnie Pearl. The Grand Ole Opry is the world's longest-running radio show and showcases not only the best country music in the world, but also bluegrass and much more.
General Jackson Showboat
You can spend an unforgettable evening on this historic 300-foot-long boat, which is styled to be like the paddlewheel riverboats that cruised the Southern waterways in the 1800s. General Jackson was named after the first steamboat to operate on the Cumberland River in 1817 and is just as active today as it was back then. You can take in dinner and a night of dancing or opt for an afternoon cruise.
The Johnny Cash Museum
This museum, which opened in 2013, has the world's largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia, including films, handwritten notes and letters and more than 25 costumes that were made famous during his career. The museum is officially endorsed by the Cash family so you are sure to see a lot of personal mementos that you could never see elsewhere.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
After a day exploring the history of country music, why not experience a little of it live. To get that authentic first-hand music experience take a trip to this lounge where you will see some of the best performances Nashville has to offer. This downtown bar is known to feature performances by both world-renowned and up-and-coming artists.
While Nashville is popular for its country roots, it's also known as the Athens of the South. The Parthenon – built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897 - is actually a full-scale replica of the one found in Athens, Greece. Today it functions as an art museum and houses models of the statues found in the original structure as well as a large art collection.
Adventure Science Center
If you are travelling with kids who don't really enjoy your love of country music, take a break and visit the Adventure Science Center. The kids will enjoy some hands-on educational entertainment as well as some interactive displays that teach them how the human body works and what goes on thousands of light-years above us. They can go behind the controls of a flight simulator and step inside a face-altering photo booth.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art
If you love art and nature, this is a place for you to spend a leisurely afternoon. You'll fall in love with its greenhouses, sculpture trail and beautiful flower displays. It's the perfect place to get away form the hustle and bustle of the downtown. The museum is housed in the original Georgian-style Cheek family mansion and has a large collection of 19th and 20th-century American art.
This is the largest house museum in Nashville. Constructed in the 1850s for Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in the country at that time, the Italian-style villa offers some of the most impressive looks at history you will ever see. A tour of the 10,000-square-foot mansion will take you through rooms decorated with 19th-century antiques and art. If you are a true historian, this is a must see for you.