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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 →

This jam-packed facility is generally considered the best of Nashville's numerous "musems" of country music and its stars. — Michelin Guide

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

A full city-block long, filled with plaques and exhibits highlighting performers from the old-time favorites to the latest generation of stars... and Elvis Presley's solid-gold 1960 Cadillac limo. — Fodor's

You don't have to be a country lover to appreciate the Country Music Hall of Fame, the 350,000-square-feet museum that recently underwent a $100 million renovation (completed in 2014).... — Travel + Leisure

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

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art

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

An elegant setting for rotating exhibits of the museum's collection — Michelin Guide

Originally, Cheekwood was the estate of the Cheek family, who founded the Maxwell House coffee brand. Now, the rambling home and gardens are open to the public, who can check out pieces... — Condé Nast Traveler

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

When garden-club doyennes dream, Cheekwood is what they see... Cheekwood's art museum has a permanent collection featuring contemporary stars like Andy Warhol. — Concierge

Cheekwood is always a peaceful, beautiful place — Afar Magazine

Ryman Auditorium

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

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

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

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 Ryman is a place of pilgrimage for every country music fan. — Afar Magazine

The Grand Ole Opry took place here for 31 years... today the Opry returns to the Ryman during winter. — Lonely Planet

The Grand Ole Opry

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

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

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

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

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

This unassuming modern brick building seats 4400 for the Grand Ole Opry on Friday and Saturday from March to November. — Lonely Planet

Frist Center for Visual Arts

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

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

The lack of a broad permanent collection allows the Frist Center to operate like a large gallery for a rotating roster of big-name installations organized by other museums. — Concierge

If the sleek architecture isn't enough reason to visit the Frist Center, then the art exhibits and the family-friendly Martin ArtQuest Gallery are likely to pull you in. — Frommer's

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

This art gallery boasts 24,000 square feet of exhibit space and hosts first-class exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and other visual art. — Fodor's

Belle Meade Plantation

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

Known as the "queen of the Tennessee plantations," this stunning Greek Revival house is marked by the Civil War bullet holes that riddle its columns. — Fodor's

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

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

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

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

Adventure Science Center

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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Fort Nashborough

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

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

Though it's much smaller than the original, this reconstruction of Nashville's first settlement includes several buildings that faithfully reproduce what life in this frontier outpost was... — Frommer's

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 →

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

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

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Nashville Zoo

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

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

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

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Belmont Mansion

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

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

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

Built in the 1850s by Adelicia Acklen, then one of the wealthiest women in the country, this Italianate villa is the city's most elegant historic home open to the public, and its grand... — Frommer's

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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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Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort

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

Tucked on the pristine shores of Percy Priest Lake, about 10 miles outside Nashville, this massive water park and family recreation destination offers white-sand beaches, jet-ski and boat... — Frommer's

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

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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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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

Less a museum than a souvenir shop with a few dusty exhibits in a big back room, this tourist site for die-hard Willie fans features many of his old guitars, gold and platinum records,... — Frommer's

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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 (and motorcycles) led to this collection of mostly European vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from mini cars (including a Smart car) to an amphibious... — Fodor's

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Carter House

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

Built in 1830, the Carter House served as the Union army command post during the Battle of Franklin. — Frommer's

On November 30, 1864, 37,000 men (20,000 Confederates and 17,000 Union soldiers) fought over a 2-mile stretch of Franklin’s outskirts. Sprawl has turned much of that battlefield into... — Lonely Planet

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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 →

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

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

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