A 3 Day Itinerary for Nashville, Tennessee

Hey, everyone! I’m back in NY trying to sort my life out after being away in Nashville over the holiday weekend. The boyf and I had a great time taking in the sights and more importantly, the food! Nashville has such rich cultural offerings unlike anything I had ever experienced. Instead of giving you guys an exact breakdown of what I did on each day, I organized all of my activities into categories. If you’re planning to visit Music City one day, you can customize your own 3 day itinerary for Nashville with the help of this list.

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WHAT WE SAW

INDOORS

Johnny Cash Museum: My boyfriend is a big Johnny Cash fan, so this was actually at the top of his list, not mine 😂.  Still, I enjoyed learning more about Johnny, particularly his dedication to and involvement in political movements. If you’re not super into Johnny Cash, this isn’t a must-see. 119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

3 day itinerary for nashville no repeats or hesitations

Hatch Show Print: This was our favorite attraction! Hatch Show Print is an old-fashioned print shop that’s still fully operational and open for business. The staff works tirelessly to create beautifully printed posters for their clients using hand-carved pieces of wood dating back to 100+ years. The tour walks you through the history of the shop and you even get to make your own mini printed poster to take home and keep! Totally worth every cent. (It’s also in the same building as the Country Music Hall of Fame, so you can do both in one go!) 224 5th Ave. South Nashville, TN 37203

Marathon: Marathon is an old auto factory that is now home to shops, bars, and coworking spaces. As you walk through, you’ll see tons of old machine parts and mechanical drawings from the early 20th century. I was astounded by how many original pieces of the factory were preserved and on display. Going shopping alongside historical artifacts was an unforgettable experience. 1310 Clinton St., Ste 100 Nashville, TN 37203

Yazoo Brewery Tour: Nashville is home to several breweries, and we chose to tour Yazoo because they offer tours during weekdays (many only offer tours on weekends). Yazoo is a local beer (I had never heard of it before this trip!) and for $8, you get to learn about how the beer is both made and distributed. Included in your tour are 3 flavor samplings and you get to keep the souvenir mini glass they give you! Afterwards, you can chill in the taproom or bounce. 910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

Gaylord Opry: Oh boy, how do I explain the Gaylord. It’s basically an enormous indoor resort with restaurants, gardens, shops, and even a boat ride. It was so baffling to walk around the inside – it seems like it’s neverending. It’s not often that a city girl like me gets to spend time in a space so large and wide. 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

OUTDOORS

3 day itinerary for nashville no repeats or hesitations

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens: A little off the beaten path, but a fantastic outdoor activity. Cheekwood is sort of akin to Vizcaya Gardens in Miami – a vast, historic mansion surrounded by acres of botanical flora. The gardens and mansion were decorated with giant, brightly colored plastic animals as part of an art installation. It was so fun to see the antique and the modern in juxtaposition. 1200 Forrest Park Drive   Nashville, Tennessee 37205

3 day itinerary for nashville no repeats or hesitaitons

The Parthenon: Inside Centennial Park stands the Parthenon, a replica of the structure of the same name from Ancient Greece. It’s absolutely enormous and a perfect place to take shade on a hot summer day. There is also a museum located within. 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

WHERE WE SHOPPED

Third Man Records: Fan of the White Stripes? Jack White owns a little record shop called Third Man Records. While a lot of the merchandise sold was White Stripes related, the atmosphere and vibe of TMR did not disappoint. 623 7th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203

Grimey’s: If you’re looking for a more traditional record store experience, Grimey’s is the spot. The selection is plentiful – you could easily spend hours sifting through everything! My boyfriend loved this store so much, he bought a souvenir tee shirt. 1604 8th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203

WHERE WE ATE & SIPPED

BREAKFAST

Frothy Monkey: An adorable local breakfast and coffee chain. Perfect for a light, sit-down morning meal or for a quick caffeine stop (P.S. they serve brunch till 5 PM). Click for all Nashville locations

Five Daughters Bakery: Donut lovers, where ya at? I’m not a donut person per se, but the ones from Five Daughters knocked my socks off. Home of the “100 layer donut,” these pastries are flaky and powdered to perfection. 1110 Caruthers Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 and 1900 Eastland Ave Suite 101, Nashville, TN 37206

Dozen Bakery: Another charming breakfast spot, Dozen Bakery serves delicious coffee, tea, pastries, and light bites. You’ll start your day on the right foot by stepping into this establishment. 516 Hagan St Suite 103, Nashville 37203

DESSERT

3 day itinerary for nashville no repeats or hesitations

Jeni’s Ice Cream: There are Jeni’s locations in 10 major cities (including Chicago but sadly, not New York), so if you’ve never heard of Jeni’s, it’s probably not available in your state. Known for inventive and creamy flavors (like the goat cheese and cherry and frosé sorbet), Jeni’s is an American ice cream institution. Perfect for a summertime treat. Click for all Nashville locations

LUNCH/DINNER

Hurry Back: A cute spot of true southern Americana fanfare, Hurry Back is a no-fuss spot to sit down for a meal and stay awhile. The staying awhile part comes mostly due to the fact that they have board games! 2212 Elliston Pl, Nashville, TN 37203

Hattie B’s Chicken: Hot chicken is a Nashville specialty. Hattie B’s is so popular, that we waited about in hour in line, so make sure you’re not starving if you decide to eat here! I ordered the mildly spicy chicken and even that had quite a bit of a kick, so be careful. You get to choose two side dishes with your chicken, so I got the macaroni and cheese and the greens. Honestly, I liked my side dishes better than the chicken! 112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

The Pharmacy: It’s no secret that burgers and beer are a great combo. The Pharmacy does an excellent job of catering to both burger fans and beer aficionados alike. Did I mention they have tater tots? They also have tater tots. Enough said. 731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville 37206.

Pinewood Social: Gonna be honest here and thought this place was just one big Instagram gimmick (there’s a bowling alley in the back with a turquoise neon sign and overall trendy decor), but I was gladly proven wrong. The food and drinks here are amazing- you won’t be disappointed! 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210

BARS

Flying Saucer: If beer is your thing, you may want to visit Flying Saucer. They have a huge selection and the comfiest couches for unwinding after a long day of sightseeing. 111 10th Ave S Ste 310, Nashville, TN 37203

The Crying Wolf: While Pinewood Social is more trendy, Crying Wolf definitely reads more hipster. It’s dark and moody with just the right amount of edge and attitude. They serve a great selection of beer, cocktails, and bar food. (My recommendation: head here after a meal at the Pharmacy since they are fairly close by!) 823 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206

3 day itinerary for nashville no repeats or hesitations

Want to relive my exact 3 day itinerary for Nashville? Look out for my vlog, coming to my YouTube channel later this week! Have you ever been to Nashville? Did you like how this travel post was formatted or do you prefer more exact itineraries? Let me know in the comments below.

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18 Comments

  1. July 11, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I LOVED Nashville the last time I was there. I didn’t get to do anything on this list except the Opry, so I’m definitely saving this for next time!

  2. July 11, 2018 / 9:05 am

    My sister just returned from a business trip to Nashville and said its a very cool city. I can’t wait to visit and check out some of these places!

  3. July 11, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Great roundup, I love Nashville! Seems like new, awesome things are always popping up in the city. Time to plan a trip back 🙂

  4. July 11, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I’m off to Nashville in two weeks and I’m totally adding all of your recommendations to our list! The Pharmacy and Pinewood Social seem awesome.

  5. July 11, 2018 / 10:41 am

    I’ve been trying to convince my boyfriend we need a trip to Nashville! I will definitely be checking a few of these places out when we finally go!

  6. July 11, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    It’s interesting. i lived there for 4 years (med school) and missed EVERY one of these places! I didn’t get to do much with school and all but man! Cool post!

  7. July 11, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    ahh love this post!! looks like such a fun time + saving this for future reference 🙂 x

  8. July 12, 2018 / 7:10 am

    Sounds like you had a good trip! It’s been a while since I’ve been to Nashville and never when I was over 21. It would be fun to go back. The Gaylord Opry was crazy! Such a neat place

  9. the sophia diaries
    July 12, 2018 / 8:44 am

    wow, it sounds like such a busy three days! you did so many cool things haha might want to visit soon!

  10. July 12, 2018 / 10:08 am

    I also loved visiting Hatch Show Print. Sending this to Hannah now for her bachelorette party there later this fall!

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      July 12, 2018 / 10:16 am

      Right?!?! It’s the coolest. Haha we saw soooo many bachelorette parties riding around on those party bike things downtown!

  11. July 13, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    i’m dying to go visit – looks so fun. the snail is too cute!

  12. July 16, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Nashville is such a cool city! I’d love to go back someday! It’s awesome you got to spend three days there!

  13. July 17, 2018 / 9:44 am

    useful information and looks like fun!

  14. July 18, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    I’ve never been to Nashville but this post really makes me want to visit. I’d love to check out that Third Man Records store for sure!

  15. July 23, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    This itinerary looks great and it seems like there’s so much to do and see in the city. The Marathon shops sound like a really unique place to visit.

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