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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Downtown Nashville 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

'Honor Thy Music' is the catchphrase of this monumental museum, reflecting the near-biblical importance of country music to Nashville's soul. — Lonely Planet

This top-notch facility honoring the music that made Nashville famous is a must-see for any visitor to Music City. — Frommer's

Big, bold, and shameless, this is one heck of a celebration of country music—and you wouldn't have it any other way. — Afar Magazine

Country Music Hall of Fame is an ever-rotating exhibit of country music and all the memorabilia to go along with it. — On the Grid

Country music fans are in heaven here, surrounded by photographs, videos, and other memorabilia depicting the evolution of "hillbilly" music from the 1930s to the multimillion-dollar industry. — Concierge

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art

Nashville 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

While this destination has plenty to appeal to grown-ups, too, they also host Tuesdays for Tots (from September through May) and Saturday morning activities (year round) that are for... — goop

If it weren't for coffee that was deemed "good to the last drop," Nashville might never have gotten Cheekwood Botanical Garden. — Frommer's

Big enough to impress but compact enough not to be too tiring, Cheekwood is a botanical garden with an arty inclination, just southwest of downtown Nashville. — Lonely Planet

The museum, in a carefully restored neo-Georgian mansion once home to the Cheek family of Maxwell House coffee fame, has a permanent collection of American art. — Fodor's

It might be hard to envision a prettier setting than tree-lined Belle Meade Boulevard as it veers away from bustling Harding Pike and carves through the sprawling mansions that... — Travel + Leisure

Ryman Auditorium

Nashville 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The single most historic site in the world of country music. — Frommer's

The Grand Ole Opry used to be in downtown Nashville, but when it expanded and moved to the 'burbs, the historic former Opry became the Ryman Auditorium. — Condé Nast Traveler

A country-music shrine, the Ryman Auditorium and Museum was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. — Fodor's

Built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle by Nashville riverboat captain Tom Ryman... designed an auditorium, with a 100ft-high ceiling and stellar acoustics. — Michelin Guide

Often called the "mother church of country music." The Ryman is indeed a former house of worship, but it's the music that made it one of the world's most famous performance halls. — Concierge

The Grand Ole Opry

Nashville 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Anna McKerrow Going strong for 90 years (and counting), Nashville's live radio broadcast has been playing over the airwaves since it started as WSM Barn Dance in 1925. The historic... — Travel + Leisure

These exhibits are tributes to the performers who have appeared on the famous radio show over the years. — Frommer's

Today the Opry continues to draw crowds for its weekend shows. — Michelin Guide

This enormously popular radio show, performed in the Grand Ole Opry House, has been broadcasting country music since 1925. — Fodor's

Music lovers of all genres will find this live radio show entertaining. — Afar Magazine

Frist Center for Visual Arts

Downtown Nashville 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In addition to an always-compelling roster of exhibits, the Frist has an entire gallery—the Martin Artquest Gallery—devoted to art activities for kids, every day of the week. There are 30... — goop

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in its art deco digs has hosted a continuous and inspiring collection of exhibitions from the area and the world. — Afar Magazine

Hosts traveling exhibitions of everything from American folk art to Picasso in the grand, refurbished post office building. — Lonely Planet

Hosts a series of rotating exhibits and works borrowed from other museums. — Condé Nast Traveler

Now 15 years old, one of Nashville's most celebrated museums utilizes its 24,000 square feet of space to host a wide variety of exhibitions ranging from Italian automobiles to Soviet... — Travel + Leisure

Belle Meade Plantation

Nashville 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The mansion also has a winery on site and hosts tastings daily. — Afar Magazine

The Greek Revival mansion is the centerpiece of the affluent Belle Meade region of Nashville and is surrounded by 30 acres of manicured lawns and shade trees. — Frommer's

Horses were the name of the game at this former thoroughbred nursery... today, even though there are no horses to be found, the plantation is a popular draw for history buffs. — Concierge

Most antebellum plantation homes display portraits of family members in gilded frames, but at Belle Meade... the portraits are of Thoroughbred racehorses. — Michelin Guide

The 1853 mansion is open to visitors, as are various interesting outbuildings, including a model slave cabin, and wine tasting. — Lonely Planet

Adventure Science Center

Nashville 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An educational and playful trip for kids and adults alike. — Afar Magazine

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon? Let 'em loose at the Adventure Science Center. — Frommer's

Science is an adventure in this museum packed with hands-on activities, changing displays, and a flight simulator. — Fodor's

The coolest exhibit? Space Chase, where future astronauts tackle a moonwalk and experience the challenges of weightlessness. In the center of the museum, kids scramble up the 75ft-high... — Lonely Planet

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The Johnny Cash Museum

Nashville 74 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nashville's nickname is Music City for a reason. — Condé Nast Traveler

The legendary Man in Black now has a dedicated space in Nashville. — Fodor's

The Johnny Cash Museum is quite literally the museum in black. The tour is dark lit, but the features are so bright and attractive. Cash’s life is displayed eloquently through the small... — On the Grid

The Johnny Cash Museum became a must-see attraction in Music City, receiving accolades from fans as well as the press. — Frommer's

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Tennessee State Museum

Downtown Nashville 73 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For history buffs, this engaging but not flashy museum offers a worthy look at the state's past. — Lonely Planet

Although the history of Tennessee is the focus at the Tennessee State Museum, the mummy steals the show. — Frommer's

More than 6,000 artifacts and rotating art and history exhibits trace the state's development. — Fodor's

Located in downtown Nashville and free to visit, the museum also holds excellent exhibits. — Afar Magazine

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RCA Studio B

Downtown Nashville 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Aside from changing the course of American music, Elvis Presley helped propel Nashville to its self-proclaimed status as Music City. Starting in 1956 and into the early 60’s when the... — Afar Magazine

One of Music Row's most historic studios, this is where Elvis, the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton all recorded numerous hits. — Lonely Planet

Dubbed "Home of 1,000 Hits," this humble building on Music Row was a hotbed of recording activity from the time it opened in 1957 until the early 1970s (it closed in 1977). — Frommer's

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Belmont Mansion

Bellmont/Hillsboro 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The story of Belmont Mansion is the story of Adelicia Acklen, a Nashville socialite turned savvy business woman. One maneuver of note? Asking her second husband to sign a prenuptial... — Lonely Planet

...[T]his Italianate villa is the city's most elegant historic home open to the public, and its grand salon is one of the most elaborately decorated rooms in any antebellum home in Tennessee. — Frommer's

This 1850s Italian-style villa was the home of Adelicia Acklen, Nashville's answer to Scarlett O'Hara, who married "once for money, once for love, and once for the hell of it. — Fodor's

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Nashville Zoo

Nashville 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 80-acre zoo just south of downtown has it all, from giraffes, elephants, and alligators to meerkats, rainbow-colored lorikeets, and African wild hogs. — Frommer's

Meerkats. Cougars. Flamingos. Giraffes. Crowd-pleasers all. But we're partial to the kangaroos chilling out on the Kangaroo Kickabout, where you can reach out and pet Australia's favorite... — Lonely Planet

Animal lovers shouldn't miss this wildlife park, which simulates the natural habitat of birds, elephants, and the usual zoo inhabitants. — Fodor's

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Fort Nashborough

Nashville 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

...[T]his reconstruction of Nashville's first settlement includes several buildings that faithfully reproduce what life in this frontier outpost was like in the late 18th century. — Frommer's

Built by James Robertson and his men after a journey of 400mi on foot through the Cumberland Gap. A few months later, John Donelson brought the men's wives and children by boat, a... — Michelin Guide

Chefs Carlos Davis (from Barbados) and B.J. Lofback (from Detroit) met at a charity event after the Nashville Flood of 2010 and joined forces to take their food truck across the city... — Afar Magazine

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Tennessee State Capitol

Downtown Nashville 72 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The self-professed masterpiece of architect William Strickland (1788-1854), this Tennessee limestone Greek Revival "temple" sits high on a hill and boasts ancient Athenian models for its... — Michelin Guide

This 1845–59 Greek Revival building was built from local limestone and marble by slaves and prison inmates working alongside European artisans. — Lonely Planet

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Lane Motor Museum

Nashville 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

You don't have to be a car enthusiast to have fun at the Lane Motor Museum. — Frommer's

One's man passion for automobiles led to this collection of mostly European vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from mini cars to an amphibious car—one vehicle for almost every letter of the alphabet. — Fodor's

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Stones River National Battlefield

Nashville 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

On New Year's Eve 1862, what would become the bloodiest Civil War battle west of the Appalachian Mountains began just north of Murfreesboro, along the Stones River. — Frommer's

The stillness is eerie at the Slaughter Pen, a cedar-dotted grove of limestone boulders where Union soldiers were penned in and gunned down by Confederate troops during the multi-day... — Lonely Planet

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Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store

Nashville 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Willie Nelson Museum , which might as well be called the Everything-But-Willie-Nelson's-Used-Toothbrush Museum. — Lonely Planet

[T]his tourist site for die-hard Willie fans features many of his old guitars, gold and platinum records, movie posters, and even his pool table. — Frommer's

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Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Downtown Nashville 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sure, Nashville is the capital of the world when it comes to country music, but it's also one of the world's major recording centers, with the greatest concentration of studio musicians on the planet. — Frommer's

This downtown Nashville museum inside the Municipal Auditorium honors the talented musicians who have played on the greatest recordings of all time – some of them not as well known but... — Afar Magazine

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Carnton Plantation

Nashville 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Recently, this somber tourist attraction gained greater visibility as the backdrop for Robert Hicks's best-selling historic novel, The Widow of the South (2006). Built in 1826 by Randal... — Frommer's

Carnton’s grand main house, slave quarters and lovely garden are worth a visit in their own right. — Lonely Planet

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Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort

Nashville 71 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Nashville Shores is a fun water park and marina on Percy Priest Lake with a 25,000-square-foot wave pool, a 1,000-foot-long lazy river float experience, and other splashy activities. — Fodor's

...[T]his massive water park and family recreation destination offers white-sand beaches, jet-ski and boat rentals, ...water slides, and even kayaking areas. — Frommer's

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