Nashville is one of the hottest cities in the United States. Home to traditional institutions such as Vanderbilt University and the Grand Ole Opry House, most folks think of Nashville as a city lost to time. This simply is not the case! Nashville boasts some of the most lively nightlife in the country as young adults flock to the budding city. The blend of history and modern amenities are one of the many reasons why we are proud to be hosting our annual SCALE conference right here in Nashville this July! Without further ado, here are our picks for the 6 biggest (and best) tourist attractions in Nashville.
1. The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is an American icon. “What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live entertainment phenomenon.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Legendary performers including Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and countless others have graced the Grand Ole Opry House stage. Walking through these halls is an experience not to be missed.
2. The Parthenon Replica: Centennial Park
At the center of Nashville’s Centennial Park stands a full-scale replica of both The Parthenon and the statue of Athena from ancient Athens. The architecture is amongst the most significant in human history, and we get the pleasure of experiencing its glory right here in America! If that doesn’t sell itself, The Parthenon replica is also Nashville’s Art Museum. There are permanent installations of American and global artists as well as a rotating display of art from many different cultures and eras.
3. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum honors great musicians within the country music genre. Come explore the CMA’s tribute to “significant contributions to the advancement of country music by individuals in both the creative and business communities.” The Country Music Museum also houses iconic American memorabilia ranging from the digital archive of photos and recordings to countless stage costumes and instruments. This venue offers a rare glimpse into the history of American Music past, present and future. Anyone with a love for music would be doing themselves a huge disservice by skipping the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum while in Nashville!
4. The Hermitage: Andrew Jackson’s Estate
Andrew Jackson, the controversial seventh president of the United States, lived in his plantation home known as The Hermitage from 1804 to the day he died in 1845. The stunning architecture is a Greek Revival style southern plantation. Jackson was famous for his military heroics and strong leadership. President Jackson also grew infamous for his treatment of slaves, Native Americans, and his brutal political tactics. Love him or hate him, visiting The Hermitage in Nashville offers a rare glimpse into an often forgotten era of American history. The Hermitage can be found approximately 12 miles outside of Nashville, and both planned tours and open tour hours are available for visitors.
5. The Ryman Auditorium: Once the Home of the Grand Ole Opry
The Ryman Auditorium is probably most well known for its history as host of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 through 1974. Some of the most famous Grand Ole Opry performances took place at the Ryman Auditorium, including Elvis’ sole appearance at the venue, and the night Johnny Cash met June Carter backstage. In modern times, the Ryman Auditorium has transitioned into one of the hottest concert venues in the southeast. Much like the Grand Ole Opry itself, the Ryman is a piece of American music tradition. Come see a show or simply book a tour to see the sights. Either way, making a stop at the Ryman is an experience you won’t soon forget!
6. Bridgestone Arena: Home of the Nashville Predators
Nashville might be the music city, but we understand the music and American history isn’t for everybody. For the sports fan, catching a Preds game in Bridgestone Arena is an unmissable event. Bridgestone Arena opened in 1996 and has since hosted the Nashville Predators, concerts, performances, and much, much more. This modern arena has twice gained national recognition as the arena of the year, and boasts all of the best modern amenities for any sports fan or concert goer! Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, this arena is within walking distance of the Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and even the Music City Center!
We are Proud to Host SCALE 2020 in Downtown Nashville!
This July 22-25th, join us at the world famous Music City Convention Center in downtown Nashville for SCALE 2020! The annual Symposium for Cosmetic Advances & Laser Education is bigger and better than ever. We are proud to present a wide range of exhibitors and sponsors who will be discussing topics ranging from robotic dermatological surgeries to acne to non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Register now to reserve your spot to the premier multidisciplinary meeting for aesthetic medicine, surgery and dermatology in the United States!