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Downtown Nashville | © Ole Bendik Kvisberg / Flickr
Downtown Nashville | © Ole Bendik Kvisberg / Flickr

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Nashville

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Updated: 2 May 2017

There are major U.S. cities, such as New York City on the East Coast and Los Angeles on the West Coast, that attract millions of visitors each year. In the south, there’s Nashville. More than just a country music hot spot, Nashville is a “small town trapped in a big city” that makes tourists curious about all that it has to offer. If you’re not sure whether or not to add this Tennessee city to you travel list this year, let us convince you with these reasons.

There is always live music to enjoy

It doesn’t matter what part of Nashville you visit—there’s somewhere to listen to live music. From lesser-known music venues to larger scale ones such as the Ryman Auditorium, you can catch local, regional and national musicians on almost every stage in the city. And the performers don’t just play country music. You’ll find rock, blues, Christian, and pop acts big and small showcasing their talents.

It’s easy to make new friends

Everyone in Nashville is very friendly. Even if you’re only in the city for a day, you’ll leave with at least one new friend. Nashvillians love showing visitors around and are extremely helpful with offering travel advice. They’ll tell you all about the most popular places to see, where to grab great local food, and let you know what events are worth checking out during your visit.

You’ll probably run into celebrities

Unlike other major cities, celebrities in Nashville don’t have to worry about being hounded by photographers. Most VIPs blend right in with Nashville residents, so there’s a good chance you’ll run into a local celebrity at the grocery store, the mall or a popular restaurant. More often than not, these famous people are happy to snap a photo or share a story with fans.

There’s an amazing selection of food

Nashville has some of the best restaurants around. If you’re looking for a place to try locally made Southern comfort food, you’ll find it. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, there’s a bakery for that. Just need a sip of sweet tea? You won’t have a problem getting one. From barbecue to hot chicken to burgers, you won’t go hungry while you’re in Nashville.

The list of things to do is endless

Being the artistic city that it is, Nashville offers visitors plenty of things to see and do. If you’re traveling solo or as a family, there are tons of museums, a lengthy list of places to shop and several honky-tonks for listening to and dancing to classic country songs. Whether you’re interested in art, history, music or architecture, you’ll stay busy during every minute of your time in Nashville.

You might catch a filming of the show Nashville

Recently renewed for a sixth season, Nashville films in the city it’s named after. Many of the city’s popular tourist locations are filming sites, so there’s a chance you’ll get to see the crew and cast members creating the show live. In fact, there are often casting calls for extras, so if you’re interested in lending your acting talents, you just might get the opportunity. If not, lots of singer/songwriters film music videos in Nashville too.

Cultural landmarks are all over the city

Historical sites, museums, art galleries, and prominent music venues contribute to Nashville’s charm. The diversity of the city goes beyond its residents’ cultural backgrounds and extends into the places that attract tourists from across the globe. Places like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Tennessee State Museum are just two examples of the landmarks frequented by curious visitors.

You’ll experience Southern hospitality

Not only are people in Nashville friendly, but they are also very welcoming. Even if you’re a stranger, many Nashvillians are willing to open up their homes and businesses to you. People in Nashville love hearing fascinating stories and are well mannered, allowing them to listen to you with an open set of ears. If you’re cold, they’ll offer you a coat. If you’re thirsty, someone will buy you a drink. The hospitable residents of Nashville make sure that everyone who visits never wants to leave.

The outdoor scenery is epic

Mother Nature is sure to impress when you visit Nashville. Between the rolling hills, the fall colored leaves and the bodies of sparkling water, the great outdoors have never been more beautiful. Day or night, the Nashville landscape is a masterpiece. Drive down any back road, and you’ll likely pass gorgeous greenery and a clear blue sky or a radiant sunset and a silhouette of the downtown skyline.

Totally alone! If you are seeking solitude in nature around Nashville this is the place. #nashville_life

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The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxing

If you’re coming to Nashville to get away, you’re coming to the right place. There’s no pressure to “see it all” or “do it all” because the atmosphere is slow going. People really do want to “stop and smell the roses.” That’s why so many Nashvillians have rocking chairs and benches on their front porches. If you enjoy moving at a fast pace, nobody will stop you, but it’s most likely that you’ll see that Nashville is all about taking your time to enjoy every moment.