13 Dec 2 Days in Nashville
We only had about 40 sweet hours in Nashville on our road trip from Austin to Boston, and this is definitely a city you want to spend more time in if you can. We had an awesome time, and this short & sweet itinerary can be woven into a visit of any length! We stopped by in July when the weather was mighty fine for outdoor activities, but you would have a blast anytime.
Note: We highly recommend booking tickets to a show at the Ryman Auditorium in advance of your trip. The venue is iconic, and witnessing the space filled with live country music absolutely trumps touring it during the day.
Friday: Land in Nashville
We drove into town in the late afternoon and checked into an Airbnb in East Nashville, which is a super hip neighborhood and a really nice area to stay in if you don’t feel the need to be right in the thick of downtown. After a nap, we walked to The Pharmacy for delicious burgers and an amazing selection of craft beers in a heavenly beer garden.
Saturday: Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Nightlife
Wake up early and get your ass to Biscuit Love to beat the (well deserved) line. This is all you really need to know:
The “bonuts” (pictured above) are a sick invention that you should absolutely order. After some post-meal deep breathing, walk to the Country Music Hall of Fame where you’ll spend two or three hours, easy. Even if you’re not a pop country fan, this is well worth it for the bedazzled old costumes, the instruments, and the pimped out cars of Elvis and other stars.
After the Hall of Fame, we still needed to burn off some Biscuit Love so we walked along the John Seigenthaler pedestrian bridge (one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world!) for a great view of the city.
Then we had a delicious (though definitely overpriced) gourmet pizza feast at City House and headed to a show at Ryman Auditorium. It is honestly a spiritual experience hearing live folk music in this venue.
Post-Ryman, mozy on into the heart of downtown for lots of drinking and live music. Tootsies is a must, and Robert’s had the best vibes and an unbelievable cover band when we were there. Otherwise, you can follow your ears and your heart.
Sunday: Get Your Hot Chicken and Kiss Nashville Goodbye
Nothing like Prince’s Hot Chicken for breakfast on the way out of town. Honestly, I don’t know if our hearts could have handled another day in this town…