24 Popular Landmarks and Attractions in Nashville

Explore a replica of the Parthenon, the largest European car collection in the US, the home of a US president and, of course, venues to hear music, music and more music!

By: Kami Rice

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Robert's Western World

Nashville’s honky tonks are a thing of legends, and to understand Nashville you really must visit them on Broadway Ave. There’ll be music, maybe some dancing, and maybe the next big star gracing the stage ... or a certifiable star next to you singing along.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The cornerstone of Nashville’s burgeoning visual arts scene, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts opened in 2001 in Nashville’s former main post office, a 1930s art deco building. The Frist has since hosted an impressive array of exhibits from around the world. Don’t miss the family-friendly Martin ArtQuest Gallery.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

With its impressive memorabilia, rare recordings and exhibits tracing country music’s history, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will take you deep into the genre’s past while celebrating its future.

Grand Ole Opry

The world’s longest-running live radio broadcast is still offering great performances from country legends and contemporary chart-toppers. You can be part of the magic when you claim a seat at the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Nestled deep among trees that reflect the animals’ natural habitats, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere delights children and adults alike. Locals often buy annual passes because it’s such a great place for strolling and getting their own zoo brood out of the house.

Tennessee Titans

Cheer on the home team at LP Field! Nashvillians love their Titans and look forward to game day whether or not the team’s on a winning streak.

CMA Music Festival

Each June, more than 200,000 eager country music fans from around the world descend on Nashville for concerts and autograph sessions during the four-day music festival hosted by the Country Music Association.

The Hermitage

Step back in time at The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, seventh U.S. president. Located on the outskirts of Nashville, the Hermitage is one of America’s largest and oldest historic site museums.

Music City Center Grand Ballroom

Nashville’s newest convention space opened in May 2013 to grand fanfare, significantly expanding the city’s downtown meeting and exhibit space. It boasts a sustainable four-acre green roof and showcases Music City’s unique character.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

Cheekwood will please everyone from history buff to garden lover to art enthusiast to children needing space to run. The estate of the Cheeks, the entrepreneurial family responsible for Maxwell House coffee, has been open to the public as a museum and botanical garden since 1960.

Nashville Shores

Summer fun doesn’t get any better than wave pools, water slides and water treehouses. All-day family entertainment at Nashville Shores can also include the lazy river, the beautiful beach and even a cruise on the Nashville Shoreliner.

Jack Daniel Distillery

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey is renowned the world over, and you can see where the magic is made with an easy drive south of Nashville to the Distillery. The small town of Lynchburg, Tenn., offers other homespun attractions as well.

Belle Meade Plantation

Take a journey back in time and visit Civil War landmarks and plantations, which showcase the city’s rich history. Tour the 30-acre Belle Meade Plantation, which includes a visitors center, cabin, carriage house, winery, diary, stable, mausoleum and reconstructed slave quarters. The estate started as a small farm in the early 1800s and grew into a site for boarding and breeding Thoroughbred horses. As the plantation flourished, its resident family would soon become one of the largest slave owners in Nashville.

Music City Walk of Fame

Take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Since the Walk was established in 2006, it’s grown to include nearly more than 70 names.


See this symbol of ancient Greece -- in Nashville’s Centennial Park. This full-scale replica of the Parthenon was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood. Nashville’s reputation as the “Athens of the South” (the city is home to many colleges and universities) sparked the idea for the replica.

Lane Motor Museum

Nashville is home to the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the US. The Lane Motor Museum features more than 330 automobiles -- such as this 1923 model built by Czechoslovakian manufacturer Tatra as one of the first “people’s cars” envisioned by designer Hans Ledwinka.

General Jackson Showboat

Relive America’s riverboat days aboard the General Jackson, one of the largest showboats in America. Take in views of the Cumberland River from any of the 4 massive decks, and enjoy live country music from a 2-story Victorian theater. The riverboat is named for US president Andrew Jackson.

Belmont Mansion

This Italian villa-style summer home was built in 1849 by one of the wealthiest women of the antebellum South. Adelicia Acklen lived here almost until the end of her life, in 1887. Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee.

Johnny Cash Museum

Are you fan of country singer Johnny Cash? Then don’t miss out on visiting this museum, one of Nashville’s newest attractions. Explore the Founder’s Suite to see some of the music icon’s rare memorabilia and antique furniture. The museum also functions as a multipurpose event space.

The District

Discover Nashville's live music scene in the District. The downtown area, around Broadway and 2nd Avenue, is home to many bars, restaurants, dance halls and concert venues.Live music performances go until 3 a.m. on weekends.

RCA Studio B

Music fans will enjoy exploring this historic studio, where many famous artists — including Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and the Everly Brothers — recorded some of their biggest hits, transforming Nashville into Music City. Now renovated and restored, RCA Studio B is also used as a classroom for local students learning the science of sound and recording technology.

Tennessee State Museum

Visit one of the largest state museums in America. Spanning over 60,000 square feet, the Tennessee State Museum explores the state's history, from pre-colonial days to modern times. The museum houses an impressive Civil War collection, one of the largest in the nation.

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974. It then fell into disrepair -- until singer Emmylou Harris held several concerts in the 2,362-seat venue. Since its renovation in 1994, Ryman has hosted many world-class performers -- from Aretha Franklin to Annie Lennox.

Printer's Alley

Welcome to Printer’s Alley, the famous area in downtown Nashville that’s home to numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In the early 1900s, Printer’s Alley was a prominent hub for newspapers, print shops and book publishers.