Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. Reflecting the city’s position in state government, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court’s courthouse for Middle Tennessee. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City”.
Nashvillians are car people, it’s the Southern way. Everyone drives everywhere, even down the block! But if you’re visiting the Music City, you’ll find plenty of transportation options — whether you rent a car or not. Hop a trolley or ride a bike as you explore many of Nashville’s best attractions. Check out these and other transportation options for navigating in and around Music City.
To explore the greater Nashville area, check out WeCar, a car- sharing service in downtown Nashville. The cars are available to rent by the hour or by the day. You will need to apply for membership online before your trip.
Another option is Nashville GreenBikes. This bike-share program offers a convenient, easy-to-use and healthy way to explore the Nashville area. Riders can enjoy Nashville’s urban core as well as the extensive system of Nashville Greenways, bike lanes and parks. Nashville’s cruiser-style bikes are available at 8 metro parks, and anyone can enjoy the bikes by becoming a registered rider.
Grand Ole Opry – “Country’s most famous stage” has been the destination for top country talent and die-hard country fans for over eight decades. The Grand Ole Opry started as a radio show in a Nashville office building back in 1925, and then hop-scotched around different venues over the next 50 years before settling into its 4,400-seat permanent home at Opryland in 1974.
Nash Trash Tours – The 90-minute tour takes you past the standard legendary landmarks like the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and up and down Music Row.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center – Its timeless design is influenced by many of Europe’s finest concert halls, including the custom-built 3,600-pipe concert organ, but it’s the high-tech attention to the acoustical details that allows for an unparalleled musical atmosphere. The Schermerhorn is home sweet home for the Grammy® Award-winning Nashville Symphony, so there’s a great chance to catch a concert all year round.
Belle Meade Plantation – Built in 1853, this “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations” was once a world-renowned thoroughbred farm. During the Civil War, the Battle of Nashville spilled over in the mansion’s front yard, and scars of that skirmish are still visible today.
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum – The $37 million landmark takes up an entire city block. The main exhibit inside, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, is state-of-the-art interactive tour that features artifacts from country’s past (Bill Monroe’s 1923 Gibson F-5 mandoin), present (Keith Urban’s and Brad Paisley’s guitars) and future (a Taylor Swift mini-exhibit on using social media to communicate with fans). Be sure to stop in at the gift shop, where you’ll find an impressive selection of CDs, one-of-a-kind souvenirs and Hatch Show Prints for sale.
Ryman Auditorium – Home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 until 1974, an eye-popping list of country legends have performed on this legendary stage. Unbelievably, this Nashville landmark stood mostly vacant before being restored in 1994. Now the outstanding acoustics draw a wide variety of acts, ranging from Aretha Franklin to Yo-Yo Ma. Originally built as a house of worship, the building earned the nickname “The Mother Church of Country Music” and audiences today continue to enjoy a wide variety of acts while seated in pews.