Viva Nashvegas! What to Know Before You Visit Nashville

Updated August 5, 2022.

This Flyaway Friday I’m taking you to… my home state! Nashville is hot on the tourism and travel radar right now! It has been or some time, and there’s no sign of that slowing down any time soon. Being a Tennessee girl, born and raised just an hour outside of Nashville, I thought I’d share some insights (in no particular order) into my homeland so you can fit right in on your trip to Music City and the South! Big thanks to my big brother for several of the photos below!

 This is “The Batman Building” 

This is probably Nashville’s most recognizable building. It’s had a couple of different names over the years, but Tennesseans and native Nashvillians all know it as the Batman Building, for obvious reasons! If you want to sound like a local, that’s what you’ll call it.

AKA: the AT&T building
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There is a Full-scale Replica of the Parthenon Downtown

And there is a larger-than-life statue of Athena inside as well. The Parthenon was built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition, and it’s been here ever since. Nashville is known to many as the “Athens of the South” because of the many universities in town and nearby, particularly Vanderbilt. That’s why they chose to build a Parthenon here for the Exposition!

Parthenon at Centennial Park
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 The Ryman Auditorium is a Former Church Building

The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most sought-after venues for musicians in Nashville. Originally built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, with a history dating back to 1885, it’s been a music and event venue since the 1920s. The Grand Ole Opry radio show was broadcast from here for 31 years! Check out their website to see a show, or take a tour, since it’s one of Nashville’s most famous sites.

The Ryman
Gotta love the Ryman
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You Need to Try a GooGoo Cluster

Legend has it the term “GooGoo” comes from the acronym for Grand Ole Opry. According to the inventor, however, it’s named “GooGoo” because that was his son’s first word. He said, “GooGoo Clusters are so good, people ask for them from birth!” The GooGoo store is right downtown, mere blocks from Broadway, the Batman Building, the convention center, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and more! I highly recommend a visit.

GooGoo Factory
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Broadway is NOT the Theatre District

Nope! This Broadway is Nashville’s Honky Tonk hotspot. This is where you’ll find the line dancing, live music, and festivals Nashville is famous for! You’ll hear the best “amateur” singing on every street corner, and sometimes an actual singing star will join in if they hear a cover of one fo their hits. Come ready for crowds, music, and hot chicken!

Nightlife on Broadway; Photo Credit: Jared Hassell
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The Bicentennial Mall has an Awesome Map of Tennessee

Not only that, there is a fabulous farmers’ market and a cool timeline of Tennessee’s history there as well. It’s such a nice setting for a peaceful, Southern afternoon. Walk all the way “across the state” to familiarize yourself with the local county and town names. Maybe you’ll be inspired to see more of my beautiful home state!

Map of Tennessee at Night; Photo Credit: Jared Hassell
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Nashville Hot Chicken is Not Kidding

There are different degrees of heat for Nashville’s now internationally-famed hot chicken, but the real stuff is too hot for me to handle! Insider tip: The white bread and potato salad that come with it will help with the heat! Hattie B’s is the famous spot to go, but locals know to order ahead for pick-up instead of waiting in line!

Nashville Hot Chicken; Photo Credit: Jared Hassell
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The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge is the Place for Iconic Shots

You will definitely be glad you found the Shelby Street Bridge for your Nashville photo shoot. You’ll get the bridge, the iconic skyline (complete with Batman Building), and stunning views from all sides. It’s just a couple of blocks off Broadway, so you’ll definitely be nearby during your trip!

Nashville sits on the banks of the mighty Cumberland River
A favorite photo spot!
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Is Nashville on your travel list? It’s an amazing city with so much to offer. Check out my United States Page for all the best info!

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15 responses to “Viva Nashvegas! What to Know Before You Visit Nashville”

  1. Sheena Benedicta Avatar
    Sheena Benedicta

    Such a great blog. Interesting, educative and comprehensive I’d say. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thanks for reading!

  2. I did four of the things on your list. I had a cousin at uni out in Nashville so got to visit and it was in fact my first blogpost on my blog! I would definately recommend it as a place to visit ๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. That’s awesome! Is it somewhere you’d like to go back to?

      1. Yea it would be actually and I would add in Memphis along with it too, to truly get the whole country and rock n roll feel of the south. I felt I had a whistlestop tour of the place.

      2. I love Memphis! Make sure you stop by the Peabody Hotel at 11:00 am or 5:00 pm for the famous Duck March!

  3. Love this! I haven’t been to Nashville since I was a kid and I’m dying to take my husband when we are in America because I know he’d just love it. We’re so excited to explore the live music/dancing and food scenes!

    1. You’ll love it all over again! It’s changed A LOT in the last 5 or 6 years!

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  7. Be careful about recommending the white bread as a way to cut the heat on Nashville Hot Chicken. It will soak up the seasoning and often becomes hotter than the chicken itself. Delicious! ๐Ÿ˜

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      #protip of the day goes to Uncle Greg!

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