The Tourist Side of Nashville
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 5th Ave. S.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has an important mission, it “preserves, safeguards, and celebrates the evolving history and traditions of country music, from its roots in the nineteenth century to its vibrant life today,” says the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. The museum and hall features exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, as well as the Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, and Hatch Show print, which since 1879 has been a working letterpress print shop. Check the museum website for pricing and daily program information.
Eleventh Avenue South
A LEED-Certified community smack in the middle of Nashville, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development describes The Gulch as an “exciting combination of the old, the adapted, and the cutting edge, [which] pulsates with opportunities for the very best in urban living.” Head to The Gulch for forward-thinking coffee, juice, eats, and more; there’s Photowalk Nashville, which offers an interactive photo experience where guests tour The Gulch while having a professional photo shoot; and for nightlife options, find Bar Louie, Gertie’s Bar, or Rudy’s Jazz Room.
Lane Motor Museum
702 Murfreesboro Pike
Located just east of downtown Nashville, the Lane Motor Museum is billed by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. as being home to “the largest European collection in the U.S. [featuring] 150 extraordinary cars and motorcycles from around the world.” There are oddities–mirco-cars and a propeller-driven vehicles–military vehicles, competition cars, and more. With free on-site parking the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is $12 for adults.
Milk & Honey
214 11th Ave. S.
Recommended to NOLN as a go-to brunch and breakfast spot, Milk & Honey offers house-made gelato, craft coffee, the aforementioned early meals, as well as lunch. Describing itself as a “sweet, sweet oasis in the heart of Nashville,” the restaurant is known for its gelato but also in-house baked treats. Grab some brunch that starts with pork confit poutine, followed by some fig and prosciutto toast, that’s finished with a Cali grilled chicken bowl–that’s just scratching the surface of the menu. Open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, closed on Tuesdays, Milk & Honey also offers a full bar.
Music City Walk of Fame Park
121 4th Ave. S.
Located just across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, music lovers just shouldn’t miss Music City Walk of Fame Park. With stars honoring some of the 20th century’s greatest musicians–including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, Reba McEntire and so many more, the park is located at the foot of the Music Mile in downtown Nashville. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. says the walk and park are “a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.”