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The Ultimate Nashville Travel Guide | Broke Girl Abroad

I hate modern country music. There, I said it.

Um… you still there?

So, what the hell was I doing in Nashville? Having a great time.

Look, you don’t have to be country music’s biggest fan to enjoy Music City. Visiting museums and seeing names I only vaguely recognized didn’t deter me. If anything, it enhanced the Nashville experience. For the most part, my time in the city was a fun ride from start to finish.

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Introduction

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USA

Official Language(s): none at federal level, English is considered the national language

Currency: U.S. Dollar

Emergency phone number: 911

When to Go to Nashville

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During a holiday

One of my favorite things about Nashville is how it’s always looking for an excuse to party. I visited on the 4th of July and the entire city was going nuts. I loved it. If you don’t mind the holiday crowds, go for it. But… do beware of visiting in the summer like I did. It was scorching. Hell of a party, though.

Plan to Stay

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2 music-filled days

Where to Stay in Nashville

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Nashville Downtown Hostel

Nashville Downtown Hostel’s location is pretty self explanatory: it’s walking distance to Broadway, making it a perfect way to soak in the honky tonk bars and scenery. The building is pretty sweet; it’s a historic 1880’s building that comes with it’s own music stage because this is Music City so of course it does.

177 1st Ave N, Nashville

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How to Get Around in Nashville

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Nashville’s downtown area is really walkable and easy to navigate. For places like the Opry, it makes sense to drive or call an Uber.

Where to Eat in Nashville

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Monel’s

Monel’s is a unique place to grab Southern cooking. Popular opinion is that its got killer good fried chicken. It’s a sit down dinner and everything is served family-style, which might just be your style.

Monel’s

2601, 1235 6th Ave N

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Arnold’s

Why even go to the South if you’re not going to stuff your face with soul food? Again, popular opinion here is Arnold’s is the place for ultimate soul food dining.

605 8th Ave S, Nashville

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Biscuit Love

We’re on trend here with Southern food, aren’t we? Anyways, you’re gonna need a biscuit fix and Biscuit Love is an absolute delight. They serve both classic dishes (fried chicken and gravy) and fun new foods like bonuts (fried biscuits, a must order). Be prepared to arrive early or wait in line, it too is a popular place to be.

316 11th Ave S, Nashville

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is something of a similar idea to Biscuit Love; providing the standard good food, as well as some different reimagined fare. It’ll be a tough call picking a flavor. I got two different scoops because I can’t make decisions. Oh man, so good.

2312 12th Ave S, Nashville

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Day 1 of 2 Days in Nashville

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Ryman Auditorium

I started my first day in Nashville with a tour of the Ryman Auditorium and it really set the stage (pun intended) for the rest of my visit.

It’s historic relevance is really well explained and you’ll be able to see why country music is so important to the city (if you don’t know already). I also loved the layout; see the stage and see the cool memorabilia all at once.

116 5th Ave N, Nashville

Open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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P.S. If you plan on touring the Ryman, Opry and Johnny Cash museum, save some cash (lol) and book the all-inclusive ticket.

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Johnny Cash Museum

Even if you’re not a Johnny Cash fan (I am), I think you’ll enjoy the Johnny Cash Museum. It touches on other country music stars as well, and shows the progression of the genre over time. Way cool and I didn’t feel like it was too overly-touristy.

119 3rd Ave S, Nashville

Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Country Music Hall of Fame

So you didn’t get enough of your country music icons yet? Fret not, the Country Music Hall of Fame is walking distance away. It’s got tons of artifacts and interactive exhibits. Have fun and get your country music fix!

222 5th Ave S, Nashville

Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Honky Tonk Bars

The Honky Tonk Bars scene on Broadway can get a little gimmicky. I swear, every single current artist has a bar of their own. But in addition to the nonsense, old greats like Tootsies Orchid Lounge still stand. Hell, it’s fun just walking down Broadway and hearing music spilling out from every bar at top volume.

Day 2 of 2 Days in Nashville

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Belmont Mansion

Not only is Belmont Mansion a great excuse to walk around Belmont’s beautiful campus, but it’s an incredibly detailed look through history.

I was so impressed with how well-preserved it is, given the number of owners its had. If you want to get a peek at the historic and luxurious life of old money in Nashville, this is your place.

1700 Acklen Ave, Nashville

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday

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Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library is especially worth a visit because of their permanent exhibit; The Civil Rights Room. It features an in-depth look at the efforts in Nashville to end segregation. You can sit at the symbolic lunch counter, see photos from non-violent protests and learn what it took at the time to end a decades-long policy.

615 Church St, Nashville

Open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

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Nashville Farmers’ Market

A fun part of my visit was the farmer’s market. Every cute craft and delicious food was on display. My wallet wept but my taste buds soared.

900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville

Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday

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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Nearby is the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. It’s structured to tell you the state’s history through plaques and monuments, with a special focus on WWII.

600 James Robertson Pkwy, Nashville

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See a show at the Grand Ole Opry House

I’m so, so, so sorry to say this but… I toured the Grand Ole Opry House and hated it. It felt so manufactured and gimmicky. I booked the VIP tour, and considering how our guide went on and on about the importance of the stage, our time on the actual stage was so brief. It just reeks of an overly touristy spot that’s been sanitized to hell. (Blake Shelton?! Come on!)

I won’t knock it completely. But if something like this would annoy you… just don’t do the tour. Grab a ticket to a show instead. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. You can still get a feel for how important this venue is and see some good acts.

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville

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One Last Thing

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Quite a lot is happening in Nashville. Not just event-wise, but due to the rise of tourists, there’s constant city updates to accommodate the crowds. What I’m trying to say is, there will be construction. Somewhere, at sometime. Yeah, it’s inconvenient, but in the end it’ll be the city’s gift to their visitors.

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Safe travels!

-Maggie

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