How to Spend One Day in Nashville
Nashville, home to country music, prestigious universities and some of the most amazing food you’ll ever eat on this planet. There’s much to do and see and eat and listen to while in Nashville. Though you can easily spend more time in the city, here’s my guide of the essential things to do when you only have one day in Nashville.
Devour the most delicious pancakes at Pancake Pantry
Start your day off right with the most important meal of the day at this Nashville staple. There will be a line and you may need to eat at a table of 8 with 6 people you’ve never met, but the smell and taste of these pancakes will make all of that wash away.
They have a wide variety of the stacks ranging from some trusty flavors, such as original, blueberry and chocolate chip, or some more adventurous flavors, such as Smoky Mountain Buckwheat pancakes or the savory Santa Fe pancakes.
Experience America’s Parthenon and soak up some sun in Centennial Park
From Pancake Pantry, head over to Centennial Park, which houses a replica Parthenon. It was Constructed in 1897 as part of Tennessee’s Centennial Celebration Exposition to celebrate 100 years as a U.S. state.
There’s a museum inside that houses the former personal art collection of James M. Cowan, as well as a colossal 42-foot golden statue of Athena, goddess of wisdom. After the museum, hang out in the park for a bit and soak up some sun. They have porch swing-esque benches that make you feel as if the park is your own front porch.
Go for the ol’ meat and three at Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Feeling hungry again? The next step on your day in Nashville is to explore more of the city’s culinary offerings. Head to the Gulch for one of the most delicious experiences a stomach can obtain. I 110% recommend Arnold’s Country Kitchen, a traditional meat and three cafeteria.
A Southern tradition, the meat and three is just as it sounds. You pick a meat and up to three sides. It’s no frills, delicious (like truly delicious) and the pecan pie from here is a gift from the heavens.
Explore Downtown Nashville
From the Gulch, you’re a short ways away from Broadway and the rest of Downtown Nashville, a must stop for your one day in Nashville. Nashville is known as the Music City and Downtown Nashville plays tribute to that. There’s a number of music institutions within its parameters, and music pores down the street of Broadway. There’s no where like it.
Recommended activities to choose from include:
- Ryman Auditorium – known as the “Mother of Church of Country Music,” take a tour here to see where many of the greats got their start
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Johnny Cash Museum
- Tennessee State Museum
See the sun set behind the city on the pedestrian bridge
A short walk from Broadway is the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, towering over the Cumberland River. It connects Downtown Nashville to East Nashville, providing a stellar view of Downtown Nashville’s skyline, the river and Nissan Stadium. The sun sets directly behind the city, so you get a pretty spectacular sunset skyline view.
Eat some more amazing food
Have I mentioned yet that the food in Nashville is amazing? Make sure that your dinner is equally as spectacular as the rest of the meals you’ve had during the day (you’ve earned it). Here are some delicious spots to try:
- Husk (Rutledge Hill)
- The Pharmacy (East Nashville)
- Prince’s Hot Chicken (East Nashville) – they are the original hot chicken joint
- Etch Restaurant (Downtown)
- The Farm House (Downtown)
Catch some live tunes
Nashville is known as the Music City and there’s no shortage of free live music. To cap off your day in Nashville, make sure you get to hear some of those tunes. Just take a walk down Broadway, also known as Honky Tonk Highway, and find a sound that calls to you. You may just stumble upon the next Johnny Cash or Dolly Parton.