It’s been a few weeks since I was last in Music City and, boy, do I miss it already!
It was my second visit to the capital of Tennessee as my first was in early 2015. I’ve actually got a lot to thank Nashville for as it’s home to the bar where I met my current long distance beau, Nathan.
That’s why it was amazing to go back and visit the spots where our love story first began! We also dragged my sister along and a few of Nathan’s friends as they were there with us originally in 2015.
For those of you who haven’t visited NashVegas yet, you simply HAVE TO GO.
As well as being the home of country music, there are an abundance of things to see and do that can keep you busy for your entire time there.
And yes, if you’re lucky, you might spot the odd cowboy or two. Yeehaw! (Sorry.)
Here are 5 reasons why you MUST visit Nashville if you ever have the opportunity.
1. The live music.
Rule 101 of Nashville: check out the live music scene.
Yes, it’s mostly country, but they also have world-famous bands playing at legendary venues such as the Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone Arena.
For example, we booked tickets to see the Foo Fighters while we were there this time around. I’ve always wanted to see the music God that is Dave Grohl play in the flesh and, needless to say, he didn’t disappoint.
Everyone knows that the live music in Nashville rocks and, for some of us, it’s the main reason why we visit.
2. The nightlife.
Gurl, it ain’t called NashVegas for nothin’ don’t ya know.
Yes, that’s right – Nashville earned this nickname because it’s considered the center of glitz and glamour in the state. In fact, it takes all the attention away from Memphis and is renowned for being an incredible place to live.
Plus, the nightlife is almost as bumpin’ as Las Vegas itself!
Why, I hear you ask?
Well, live music acts play in the bars from around midday to 2am and there always seems to be something happening downtown. The city especially comes alive at night on Broadway where several bars line either side of the street.
Essentially, if you want to party and have a good time, Music City is where it’s at.
3. The scenery.
Another reason why you must visit Nashville is because it’s a treat for the eyes.
For instance, Riverfront Park sits directly across from First Avenue downtown on the edge of the Cumberland River. It’s an extremely pretty spot to set up camp in the spring time with a picnic and glass of wine.
More often than not, you can even hear music coming from the local bars. #Winning
You’ve also got the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in the city, which is lovely, as well as Centennial Park that hosts a full-scale Parthenon replica.
Yes, you read that right. A full-scale Parthenon replica(!)
Pretty cool, right?
If you’re a nature lover, check out the Radnor Lake State Natural Area (also known as Radnor Lake State Park) located in Oak Hill outside of the city. Here you will find a 1,200-acre park with six epic trails that will fulfill ALL your hiking needs.
4. The music roots.
Yes, I know I already mentioned that the live music is AWESOME, but I also wanted to re-iterate another reason why people love Nashville…
It’s because some of their favourite stars came out of the city. DUH.
(Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Stapleton, Paramore, Dolly Parton… Need I go on?)
Music Row, a hub of recording studios and radio stations, is a popular tourist attraction in Nashville in addition to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
I visited CMHF last time and it was SO MUCH FUN! I also went to the Johnny Cash museum this time around.
If he’s also one of YOUR all-time favourite artists, get yourself down there. The museum is located just off Broadway and hosts a multitude of famous possessions and memorabilia. It’s so cool!
5. The general vibe.
The fifth and final reason why you must visit Nashville in your lifetime is because of the general vibe.
I know that sounds vague but hear me out.
The atmosphere in Music City is electric – especially downtown. There’s truly nowhere else like it on this planet (that I’ve experienced so far)!
Whether you’re in the heart of Music Row or in Riverfront Park, there’s always a party going on in Nashville – and that’s what makes it so great.
If you ever have the chance to visit, you really must go. I guarantee that you won’t regret it!
(Cowboy attire optional.)
Have you ever been to Nashville? What did you like about it? Let me know in the comments below!