Katy's Top 5 Destinations in Downtown Nashville
Katy Rogers Monday, July 23rd, 2018 6:29pm
It's summertime and I know some of you may be considering a vacation to see where your favorite music is celebrated...Nashville, Tennessee! So I decided to put together a few lists featuring the places you definitely do not want to miss while you are here. I've spent a lot of time in downtown Music City and have watched the skyline change and grow over the last 20 years. Here is my first list highlighting the fabulous downtown area of the city.
#1 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This historical museum features the Country Music Hall of Fame, exhibits that feature country artists from yesterday and today, events for children in the Taylor Swift Education Center, and special events all year long. When planning your itinerary, check out the museum's website to see scheduled songwriter sessions, instrument demonstrations and planned shows from some of your favorite country artists!
#2 - Ernest Tubb Record Shop
This landmark record store opened in downtown Nashville on May 3, 1947. Looking for your favorite country artist's works on vinyl? This is the place. Not only can you find music and souvenirs to take home with you, but your visit will include a musical history lesson as well. The walls are adorned with rare photographs and the stage in the back of the store is where the Midnight Jamboree (the second longest running radio show in history) started all those years ago. The stage also features special exhibits (Loretta Lynn is up next) and special performances by country artists.
#3 - Lower Broadway/Honky Tonks
Many of your favorite country stars have opened up popular honky tonks featuring live music, dancing and dining down on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. The list of artists with their own clubs continues to grow all the time. Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, John Rich, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (under construction) all have new venues that feature rooftop bars with spectacular views of the city. If you are looking for traditional country music during your stay..I suggest you visit Robert's Western World. Its definitely a local favorite. Most of these honky tonks are kid friendly until 6 p.m. daily. Check individual business websites for complete information.
#4 - The Johnny Cash Museum
This is a very popular destination for folks visiting downtown Nashville. An added bonus is that the recently opened Patsy Cline Museum is just upstairs for you to enjoy as well. A fabulous tribute to Johnny Cash is expressed here with exhibits, memorabilia and interactive displays that will teach you everything you need to know about the "Man in Black" here.
#5 - Music Row Neighborhood
This is where the country music you love is made. Historic studios, record companies and a few radio stations call this place home. It is a walkable neighborhood so you can plan your own tour here. Or there are professional tour operators who will be glad to drive you through this area of town and tell you its history as well.