36 Hours in Nashville, TN By: Kelly Lynch

FRIDAY

The Grand Ole Opry is one of the most historic places in music. It's an honor for artists to get to play here and for tourists to visit. You can either stop to see one of their many daily shows or take a special backstage tour to see what happens beyond the stage. No matter what you do here, a trip to the Opry will only take a couple hours out of your day.

If you're a fan of country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame is a must see on your trip to Nashville. With a new exhibit every few months, there's always excitement here. You can see iconic award show outfits, the Taylor Swift education exhibit and special things from all of your favorite artists. The average tour takes 2-3 hours but it's all worth it.

To end your excitement filled first day in Nashville, you can head over to the Bluebird Cafe which is a famous establishment in Nashville. While you're eating your dinner, there's a typical nightly performance consisting of three or four songwriters seated in the center of the room, taking turns playing their songs and accompanying each other instrumentally and with harmony vocals. What more of a perfect way to end a day full of music, with more music!

SATURDAY

Located in Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Not only are you getting an experience similar to the famous one in Nashville, but this stop won't only take a short amount of time, but it won't break the bank either.

SUNDAY

Even if you're not a music lover, Nashville has something for everyone. One of those things includes the zoo. With a large variety of animals your won't find anywhere else. Open from 9am-4pm there's plenty of time to explore this fun place. For $16 for teenagers and adult and $11 for kids 2-12, visiting the Nashville Zoo with be a fun experience you won't forget.
The Cheekwood Botanical Garden's is the perfect place to go and escape the busy city and enjoy the beautiful colors. No matter the time of year, they have workshops and activities for everyone to stay busy. You can take a tour of explore by yourself. And if you get hungry, they have a Pineapple Room restaurant open for lunch.

SUNDAY

Nashville has tons of unique shops where you can get all kinds of things. From souvenirs to a brand new pair of cowboy boots, they got you covered. While you're shopping be sure to pick something up for those family members who got left at home. With so many options, shopping in Nashville will surely take you lots of time.
The Nashville showboat dinner cruise is the perfect way to end your 36 hours in this historic town. Take a soothing ride down on Nashville’s Cumberland River and have the perfect view of all the city lights. You'll also enjoy live entertainment including music, comedy and dancers.
The stars represent all the places you can visit in your 36 hours in Nashville! As you can see they're spread out all across the town so there's nothing you'll miss!

Credits:

Created with images by Ron Cogswell - "Grand Ole Opry House -- Opryland Nashville (TN) July 2011" • jkonrath - "IMG_3335.jpg"

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