Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Yee-haw! 🤠 What a blast Nashville was!📍
Nashville is known for being a fantastic spot for bachelorette parties, though none of my friends have booked their last fling before the ring in this Honkytonk city. And in all my other travels, I’ve never made it there either, until...
I set off from my parents’ house to embark on a month-long roadtrip, and with one of my longest drives as my first stop, the adrenaline kicked in, and off I went. Nearly 8 hours later, I arrived in Nashville, Tennessee.
I went straight to my hotel room to take just a little time to get out of the car and relax. I knew the night (well afternoon) was young and I had plenty to see. In planning for this road trip, I created a Google doc with things to see and do in each location, and I wanted to mark off as many as possible before heading to the next location. So while I relaxed for a few, I took a look at my doc and planned out what to see that night and what to see the next morning.
First up, Honkytonk Highway!
Around 5-6 pm I headed to the area of downtown where the music never dies. In all honesty, it was a little intimidating at first. This was during the pandemic and before vaccinations had rolled out to the general public, and while I was expecting a crowd, I wasn't expecting such a large crowd for a Monday evening.
I started out by simply walking all the way down Honkytonk Highway to the riverfront and throughout parts of the immediate area. I wanted to scope out all the cool places to go, like Jason Aldean's Kitchen + Rooftop Bar. I checked out Music City Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Walk of Fame, and so much more.
As the sun started to set, I made my way back to the riverfront and took some time to hang out on John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge to watch the city come to life. This time spent on the bridge was the first of many to come. I watched the light show of the neighboring Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge then made my way back up Honkytonk Highway to find somewhere for dinner.
I spent the rest of the night at Kid Rock's Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse eating an incredibly late dinner and listening to an awesome cover band that played a variety of country, pop, rock, and classics, including The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
The Next Morning - Monday April 6, 2021
The next morning I was determined to see as much as I could before heading to Memphis. I packed up and left my hotel and went straight to the famous What Lifts You mural. There's so much street art to see in that area so make sure you walk around and look around because another mural might be waiting for you.
A trip to Nashville wouldn't be complete without a trip to Centennial Park. As one of my last activities in Nashville, I took my time walking around this beautiful park (also because I was slowly approaching a 3-hour drive). The most popular part of the park is the full-size replica of the Parthenon. Having been to the real thing, it felt a little strange seeing it here, but it was also really neat to see and brought back many great memories of a previous adventure.
My time in Nashville may not have even spanned 24 hours, but I jam-packed in so much while there. I definitely want to make my way back and spend more time exploring - and maybe actually go inside a museum or two.
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Next stop: Memphis, TN!📍