Nashville Attractions

Visiting Nashville

In a city best known for being a mecca for musicians — nicknamed “Music City” and the “Songwriting Capital of the World” — you will find music that honors both past and present, as well as a wide range of genres.

But there’s so much more.

Immerse yourself in a thriving arts scene, savor a culinary melting pot of restaurants, visit historical landmarks, enjoy exceptional shopping, step into the vibrant nightlife… and more.

Check out our curated list of gems to help you get the most out of your stay for AFP 2024.


Music-themed Attractions

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum – walk among artifacts that include Johnny Cash’s guitar and Elvis Presley’s “solid gold” Cadillac limo
  • National Museum of African American Music – “the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans”
  • Ryman Auditorium – former home of the Grand Ole Opry, today is a world-renowned concert hall, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame landmark and music’s most iconic stage
  • Grand Ole Opry – attend a concert at the home of country’s biggest stage Popular


Dining Out

  • Skull’s Rainbow Room – one of the most celebrated and acclaimed dining experiences in Nashville, complete with signature craft cocktails and an award-winning dinner menu.
  • Hattie B's Hot Chicken – hot chicken is a Nashville native dish, and Hattie B’s long lines evidence who does it best
  • Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint – a celebrated Nashville-born restaurant specializing in exceptional pit-cooked barbecue and warm southern hospitality
  • Margot Café and Bar – a small, French inspired restaurant with a big reputation, owner Margot McCormack is unofficially Nashville’s culinary matriarch – be sure to make reservations!

For more recommendations, check out Condé Nast’s list and Eater Nashville.


Nightlife

  • Cocktails at Old Glory – 1920s boiler room turned into a speakeasy with specialty cocktails and five-star reviews
  • Broadway – downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare; lower Broadway is nicknamed the "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous spots that host live acts daily
  • Pins Mechanical Company – specialty cocktails, craft beer, duckpin bowling, pinball and classic arcade games


Tours

  • Tennessee Whiskey Tours – “We’ll give you a ride and hand you a glass …”
  • Nashville Evening Trolley Tour – downtown trolley tour hosted by a performing guide, learn about the history of Music City and hear tales of all the superstars who have passed through


Cultural

  • Nashville Symphony - renowned, Grammy award-winning symphony
  • Frist Art Museum – hosts 12-15 exhibitions from some of the most prestigious collections in the world, as well as award-winning shows organized in house
  • Cheekwood Estate & Gardens – 1930s estate, with an historic mansion and 55 acres of cultivated gardens and expansive vistas including the botanic garden, arboretum and museum