The Gaylord is beautiful no matter what time of year you go! Very popular for conferences, there’s plenty to see and do.
During Christmas, they have their annual ICE display which, in my opinion (which is always right), is TOTALLY worth it. Get on Groupon for your 50% discount on tickets. Take a tour through their themed, 9° world of Christmas. They have had Rudolph, Frozen, and How the Grinch stole Christmas the last few years!
This is all ice!
There’s a mini river boat tour through the middle of the hotel, shops surrounding the river, and restaurants, along with gift shops and souvenir stores throughout the hotel. A few blocks away is Opry Mills Mall for all your shopping needs.
A few steps away from the hotel is the Grand Ole Opry herself!
Take a night to see a show at the Opry, and maybe do a backstage tour.
Things to know before you visit the Opry:
Every show they have one of the performers out for a signing!
Shows occur Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in off season, and vary weekly June-November. Since the schedule varies every week ,be sure to check out when the showtimes are during your trip!
Canoe one of the many rivers and lakes.
During the summer it is so unbelievably hot, you can’t help but get some heat relief and jump in the water. Look, I am a Colorado girl so I know clear, fresh water. Tennessee is the opposite but, it is sooo hot I had to get over it and I am so glad I did! Tip-a-Canoe is my fave!
Johnny Cash Museum
Head back downtown and stroll onto 3rd Ave, home to the museum dedicated to the Man in Black. Patsy Cline’s is directly above it as well! See and hear everything to do with Johnny Cash and grab some coffee right after at Bongo café.
The OG of Country Music shows. It’s different from any concert you’ve ever been to, giving you a grander appreciation for the music and its artist. This venue is an icon and should not be skipped.
The Parthenon at Centennial Park
Is anybody else a cheesy Greek Mythology nerd and remembers ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’? I’m not embarrassed to say that it’s one of my favorite throwback (yes, this is a “throwback” to High School for me) movies. Anyways, the scene where Percy steals the jewel from the crown was filmed at this full-scale replica of the Athens parthenon!
Even if you aren’t a Percy Jackson fan, It’s totally worth every penny. Since taking Art History, I have a much bigger appreciation for the replica of the original Parthenon and cannot WAIT to see the real thing, but this will suffice for now!
Take a walk in Centennial Park before or afterwards, it has a pond and is set on a huge piece of land; perfect for a picnic or lunch outside.
There is an unbelievable amount of hiking trails and waterfalls surrounding Nashville! If you have a rental car or are staying with a friend, I highly recommend taking a day trip out to any of them! Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls (mine and my friends’ favorite), Radnor Lake, Percy Priest Lake are just a few of the hot spots for outdoor activity during a Tennessee Summer.
Downtown – Nash Collection, Ensemble, Betty Boots, Blush, Vintage Creek, Fire Finch. Downtown is also where you will find all of your tourist souvenirs and clothes.
Hilsboro Village is a college based community with 21st Avenue lined with amazing local and chain stores. Altar’s State and Posh are my favorites! Not to mention the famous Grilled Cheeserie brick and mortar is right around the corner.
12 South and the Gulch are upper end shopping with great restaurants and breweries.
I hope this local’s guide to Nashville has made it easier to fill your itinerary! When you get there, just ask the locals, they will give you the best options!
Make sure to follow Nashville Tennessee on Instagram for more ideas and updates!