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Amazing Things to Do in Nashville (for First-Time Visitors!)

Are you planning your Tennessee trip and are in search of the best things to do in Nashville TN? Our guide is here to help! 

This guide has some of the best Nashville landmarks and attractions, ranging from country musicʻs most iconic spots to historical places throughout the capital city. 

Ryman Auditorium

When visiting Nashville, a visit to the iconic 2,300 seat Ryman Auditorium should be near the top of your list. This historic structure was opened in 1892 and is known for its fantastic acoustics. 

General Jackson Showboat

Enjoy seeing the Nashville skyline from any of the four decks on the General Jackson Showboat as its paddlewheel ferries you up and down the Cumberland River. 

Grand Ole Opry

A visit to the Grand Old Opry should include time to take in a live viewing of the longest-running radio show in the world and a backstage tour. Take a seat in the 4,400-seat auditorium, where you will hear some of the best bluegrass and country music. The show is a mixture of country legends and today’s hot top ten, along with up-and-coming artists.

Country Music Hall of Fame

Take a trip down memory lane through the 2½ million artifacts commemorating the history of country music along with honoring songwriters and performers at the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Walk through the Sing Me Back Home permanent exhibit at this downtown Nashville Museum and meander through the Country music timeline. 

Willie Nelson and Friends Museum

Behind the General Store, you will find the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, which not only features Willie’s 1979 CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and his first Martin Guitar, but artifacts from over 30 of his music-performing friends.