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Why Your Next Road Trip Should Be to Nashville

 

Planning your next Road trip? Road trips are a quintessential American vacation, and everyone should take one at least once in their lifetime. But it can be hard to decide on a destination since there are so many amazing sights to see in the United States. Here’s a few reasons why Nashville, Tennessee should be your next pick:

Its Musical History

Everybody knows Nashville is a music town. Its nickname is “Music City” for crying out loud! The majority of music we associate with Nashville is country (or similar genres), but even if you’re not particularly a fan of country music you should still check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and its 2.5 million artifacts.

There’s Live Music Too!

During the day you can visit the Ryman Auditorium, which served as home to the Grand Ole Opry for 40 years, and hear about all the music legends that have performed there (including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley!) Want to visit it at night? Get excited to see a variety of incredible contemporary headliners put on a show!

Even More Live Music

Every first time visitor to Nashville needs to visit the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. This area is covered in neon lights and constantly filled with music. Step into any of these honky tonks and listen to a diverse array of live music any time of day (or night!) There’s no cover charge to listen, but it’s polite to tip the bands you hear!

The Parthenon

Yep, you read that correctly. In the middle of Nashville’s Centennial Park, there stands a full-scale replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon. Give it a visit and hear exactly why Nashville was called the “Athens of the South” before it became known as Music City!

The Food

Once you get to Nashville, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to barbecue heaven. The city is covered in award-winning BBQ joints. Not a fan of barbecue? In the mood for something spicy? Nashville is also the home of “Hot Chicken”, which is aptly named: it’s hot fried chicken. You can also try a classic Southern “Meat and Three”, which is a cafeteria-like restaurant where you choose a meat and three down home sides. You won’t go hungry, that’s for sure.

Jack Daniels Distillery

If you’re a fan of Jack Daniels, this is a can’t-miss place to visit. It’s the oldest registered distillery in the United States, and you can get a personal tour! Just make sure you’re sipping this Tennessee Whiskey responsibly, and use a designated driver or a ride-sharing app to get there and back.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Okay, so this one isn’t technically in Nashville proper, but it’s right down the road! Visit in June and take advantage of this festival that boasts over 150 comedy, cinema, and musical performances. Dance your little heart out to their always amazing lineup of artists and have a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll never forget!

So there you have it: a myriad of reasons to plan your next road trip to Nashville, Tennessee. Between the music, food, and history, you’re guaranteed to have your best vacation yet. And don’t forget to tell ‘em we sent ya!