The Best Way to Spend 3 Days in Nashville
An awesome itinerary for a weekender in Music City.
Nashville, Tennessee or Music City as it’s known, is the perfect place for a weekend getaway with friends, a significant other, or your whole family. In a town full of music, museums, good eats, and outdoor activities, there’s not much down time or many dull moments. If you’re looking for a place to get away for a few days and enjoy some fun in nature, delicious food, and great live entertainment, Nashville is definitely your ticket.
Day 1: Fun in the Sun
AdventureWorks Nashville West: $49-$59 for a 9 zip tour
Centennial Park: FREE
The first leg of this trip is all about the outdoors. Plan on getting to Nashville about 11 to make the most of your first day. AdventureWorks Nashville West is about a 20 minute drive outside of the city, but the fun is worth it.
The full tour includes 9 zip lines and lasts almost 2 hours. When you’re done you’ll be famished. Head back to the city and grab an authentic Sicilian pizza at Pizza and Pasta Sicilian and head over to Centennial Park for a picnic. It’s some seriously delicious pizza, and they’re open until 5am. Which means we stop in every time we drive through Nashville, day or night.
Centennial Park is a gorgeous outdoor spot in the heart of Nashville. It boasts splash pad fountains for the kids (and adults) to cool off in, and a replica of Greece’s Parthenon. You’ll also find walking trails, gardens, live entertainment, and interactive forestry exhibits.
When you’ve soaked up all the sun you can stand, check into your hotel and get gussied up for a night on the town.
After you’ve rested and rejuvenated, it’s time for dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Culinary Experience. The last stop of your night is the American Coffee Lounge, a posh little venue for jazz music and coffee with an atmosphere to die for. Spend an hour or so jamming and dancing with the live band (music every Friday and Saturday at 7pm) before calling it a night.
Day 2: A Little of This, a Lot of That
Sinema- Sat and Sun 10–2pm $15 bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas
The Hermitage- Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. -6 p.m $20/adults $10/children
Enjoy a little R&R, sleep in, read on balcony, or soak in the hot tub before heading out to Sinema for brunch featuring $15 bottomless mimosas. Sinema is an upscale, lounge-y restaurant with great food and sumptuous surroundings.
Another short drive outside the city will take you to The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s house. The former president’s mansion, grounds, and tomb are all open for viewing- and all mostly restored with Jackson’s own belongings. Walk the grounds, tour the house, and bask in the history.
Honky Tonk Highway. If you’re not into the bar scene, this hopped up night club neighborhood on steroids probably isn’t going to be your jam. It’s absolutely worth a walk through though. The Broadway Historic District at night has live entertainment, city views, restaurants, art, etc. And you never know who’ll jump on stage to play a set. (Garth Brooks sang two songs at Tootsie’s the same night we were there.) Spend an hour or two walking around and seeing the sights, then head out to The Bluebird Cafe to top off your night in a calmer music atmosphere.
Day 3: Culture, Custard, and Conversation
The Cathedral of the Incarnation- Sunday: 8:30 and 11:00am
Goo Goo Shop- Daily: 10am-7pm
Nashville is an old city (it was founded in 1806) and a part of the south, so it isn’t surprising to find there’s hundreds of gorgeous churches and cathedrals peppering the landscape. Get up early, grab a bite in the hotel then get your worship on at The Cathedral of the Incarnation. Before you leave, stop by Goo Goo Shop in downtown for a delectable ice cream. Take your frozen treat to go and stroll across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and back to take in great views of downtown before calling it a trip and heading back home.
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