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3 days in Nashville

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3 days in Nashville
For tourists with a few days to spend exploring Music City, there are plenty of amazing attractions and restaurants to fill their itineraries.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse
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Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse

Frothy Monkey is the breakfast through dinner coffeehouse feat. Creative folks using local ingredients to prepare original dishes served in a cozy and approachable atmosphere. This location offers breakfast, brunch every day, kids menu, lunch + dinner with a expanded beverage offerings including coffeehouse standards as well as craft beer, wine + cocktails.

Cost: $1 - $20
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Frist Center for Visual Arts
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Frist Center for Visual Arts

Since opening in 2001, the Frist Center for Visual Arts has hosted a spectacular array of art from around the world. Not only an important cultural focal point for the city of Nashville, it is also a significant architectural structure, occupying one of Nashville’s great historic landmarks, the former main post office. Constructed from 1933 to 1934 under the direction of the local... More

Since opening in 2001, the Frist Center for Visual Arts has hosted a spectacular array of art from around the world. Not only an important cultural focal point for the city of Nashville, it is also a significant architectural structure, occupying one of Nashville’s great historic landmarks, the former main post office. Constructed from 1933 to 1934 under the direction of the local architectural firm of Marr & Holman, it displays both of the most distinctive architectural styles of the period: Classicism and Art Deco. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Centennial Park
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Centennial Park

This downtown park has jogging paths, grassy spots for picnics and a small lake for paddle boating.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art
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Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art

Experience Cheekwood, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. The Museum of Art has collections... More

Experience Cheekwood, the 55-acre estate built by the Maxwell House Coffee fortune in Nashville, Tennessee, and one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era Estate in the United States. The Botanical Garden is a spectacular showcase of color and horticultural diversity with eleven specialty display gardens and stunning natural landscape. The Museum of Art has collections of Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Visitors can enjoy year-round family-friendly activities with four distinct festivals held during the year. From Cheekwood in Bloom with more than 50,000 tulips in the Spring, to a children’s wonderland of Christmas trees, Trains, Santa, live reindeer, and more during Holiday at Cheekwood, Cheekwood celebrates the seasons in style with something for everyone! Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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City House
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City House

Featured in the New York Times Style Magazine Style Map in 2009, City House is located in historic Germantown. City House is a chef-owned restaurant with a knowledgeable staff invested in establishing a unique culinary experience that features locally grown and created food.

Cost: $25 - $35
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Day 2
Historic Carnton Plantation
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Historic Carnton Plantation

A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock. On November 30, 1864, the site was witness to the Battle of Franklin... More

A must see for Civil War and history buffs, Carnton Plantation was built in 1826 by former Nashville Mayor Randal McGavock and was frequently visited by those shaping Tennessee and American history, including President Andrew Jackson. By the time of the Civil War, Carnton was home to John and Carrie McGavock. On November 30, 1864, the site was witness to the Battle of Franklin. Carnton became the largest field hospital in the area following the terrible battle, and in 1866 the McGavock Confederate Cemetery was established nearby. Today the cemetery holds the remains of nearly 1,500 Southern soldiers. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Franklin Theatre
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Franklin Theatre

The Franklin Theatre opened in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street. The downtown Franklin landmark closed in 2007 but the Heritage Foundation of Franklin, a nonprofit preservation group, stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work, and an investment of more than $8 million, the historic Franklin Theatre reopened... More

The Franklin Theatre opened in the summer of 1937 when the marquee first illuminated Main Street. The downtown Franklin landmark closed in 2007 but the Heritage Foundation of Franklin, a nonprofit preservation group, stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work, and an investment of more than $8 million, the historic Franklin Theatre reopened better than ever. It features classic movies and concerts from artists such as Little Texas, Jars of Clay, Mac McAnally and more. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sweet CeCe's
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Sweet CeCe's

Sweet CeCe’s is a fun, colorful sweet treat spot offering a variety of fat-free frozen yogurt flavors. Kids love the self-serve menu and the tantalizing toppings, from their favorite candy to old-school favorites such as hot fudge sauce, while adults love the fat-free yogurt and healthier toppings like fresh fruit.

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Day 3
Pancake Pantry
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Pancake Pantry

The Pancake Pantry, located in the Hillsboro Village area near Vanderbilt University, has been a Nashville tradition since 1961. Breakfast and lunch are served daily except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

Cost: $1 - $20
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

This museum highlights the history of country music from its birthplace in the Music City to present-day.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Ryman Auditorium
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Ryman Auditorium

One of the most famous concert halls in the history of country music, this auditorium still hosts live music events.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hatch Show Print
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Hatch Show Print

If you follow Southern music, art and culture, from the Delta blues to honky-tonk heroes, you've no doubt seen the unmistakable look of a promotional poster made by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. Located in a historic building at 316 Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print has produced posters for performers ranging... More

If you follow Southern music, art and culture, from the Delta blues to honky-tonk heroes, you've no doubt seen the unmistakable look of a promotional poster made by Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in America. Located in a historic building at 316 Broadway in the heart of downtown Nashville, Hatch Show Print has produced posters for performers ranging from B.B. King to Dolly Parton. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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The Grand Ole Opry
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The Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry, an American Icon and Nashville's number one attraction, is known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It's where unforgettable moments happen every week...moments like the night Little Jimmy Dickens scaled a ladder to invite Trace Adkins to become an Opry member. With country music's new stars, superstars, and legends live... More

The Grand Ole Opry, an American Icon and Nashville's number one attraction, is known for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It's where unforgettable moments happen every week...moments like the night Little Jimmy Dickens scaled a ladder to invite Trace Adkins to become an Opry member. With country music's new stars, superstars, and legends live on stage, you never know what'll happen next. Don't miss a moment. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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