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How to Spend 72 Hours in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee is a huge hotspot for tourists--and rightfully so! While the city is most known for its music and music history, there are also a ton of tourist attractions and bars.

Shelbie and I were together about 6 months before her 21st birthday, and we decided to take a trip down to Nashville to celebrate! Neither of us had ever been to Nashville so we were both super excited. This was our first trip together, so we were also super nervous.

Before we get into the actual itinerary for our weekend, let me take a minute to introduce the family!

Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I graduated college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).

The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is 9-months-old. My better half, Spencer, is the most amazing dog mom who helps me keep a handle on our two wild fur babies.

Together, we love traveling. We love packing up our Jeep and exploring new places. We’re also (until recently) first-time dog owners. In other words, we’re young and make a lot of mistakes--which is where the inspiration for this blog came from!

I want to be able to share all of our journeys and dog mom lessons with you all--especially our mistakes--so that you all can have the best possible experiences.

Every Monday I post new content with our latest adventure, traveling advice, and dog mom tips and tricks. Sometimes I post more than just Mondays, so make sure to look out for the bonus content ;)

My feed is always live on Pinterest, so feel free to follow along there and never miss another Monday with Carson again!

Now that you have an idea of who we are, let's get into it!

Day 1:

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

4580 Rachels Ln, Hermitage, TN 37076

Open 9-5 Thursday-Sunday, Closed Monday-Wednesday

Tickets: $10-20

We went on the simple walking tour (Grounds Pass), which was $15 per person. You trade in your license or ID for the handheld audio device. As you walk through the grounds, you "dial" the number corresponding with your location, and a pre-recorded voice tells you about the history of that spot.

We aren't necessarily huge "history buffs," but we do love learning about history and touring various historical locations! This is still one tour we talk about, even a year-and-a-half later.

The grounds are absolutely beautiful as well as quiet and peaceful. You can tour the actual house and a guide shows you around and shares information about the rooms.

We spent 3 hours walking around and listening to the recordings. The history and grounds are honestly amazing--everyone in the family is sure to learn something.

Make sure to stop by the gift shop on your way out and grab a sticker (or whatever you might collect).

Mas Tacos Por Favor

732 Mcferrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206

Open 11-9 Tuesday-Friday, 10-9 on Saturdays, and Closed Sunday & Monday

Cheap, but homemade, high-quality tacos

You can see photos on their Facebook page.

(Speaking of Facebook... are we friends? We should be. Add me here and say hey!)

I really love tacos. I mean--I really love them! When we travel anywhere, I try to find local, homemade tacos. This place did not disappoint at all. If you're ever close by, it is so worth your time to stop and grab some tacos.

Military Branch Museum

301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243

Open 10:00 - 5:00 Tuesday-Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday

Free.99 baby!

As I mentioned, we love history and love learning as much as we can when we travel.

This museum is free, but they take donations. When we went, there were a handful of retired veterans helping out/running the place. Bring a couple of dollars in cash and drop it in their donation bin!

If you want a sneak peek of the museum, check out the highlights on my Instagram.

The museum only took about an hour, then we spent some time outside of the museum walking around the monuments. There are a couple of monuments and memorials in the area that are worth taking a look at.

Music City Indoor Karting

400 Davidson St #403, Nashville, TN 37213

Open 12:00 - 9:00 Sunday-Thursday, 12:00 - 10:00 Friday, and 11:00 - 9:00 Saturday

$24.00 per person (non-members)

We actually did not plan to stop here at all, but we finished up with our other stops earlier than we had originally planned. This was listed as one of the "best" attractions in the area when we did a quick little Google search of "what to do near me," as any other tourist would...

Honestly, this was really fun and we were happy we went. It was a little pricey (we did two races, so it was closer to $100), but worth it.

Neither of us is avid go-kart racers, but we are both competitive, which made this super fun. We spent around an hour here, which was the perfect amount of time. It also left us super hungry, so naturally, we found "where to eat near me," and ended up at...

Dick's Last Resort

154 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

Open 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Sunday-Wednesday, 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 A.M. Thursday-Saturday

Happy Hour 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. Monday-Friday

If you've never been here, do some research before you go! If you're a Sensitive Sally, you might want to reconsider going here. Their food is really good though, so that makes it a little better.

Just watch out for the fake restrooms.......

Bridgestone Arena

This was actually the whole reason I wanted to bring Spencer to Nashville, specifically.

The World's Toughest Rodeo was being held that weekend, and I really didn't want us to miss it! It's held roughly the same weekend every year, so if you're interested or in the area, be sure to check it out!

If you've never been to a rodeo, please go. Really, it is so much fun.

Day 2:

Country Music Hall of Fame

222 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Open 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. every day of the week!

Tickets are $25.95 per person

There are also optional combos you can purchase, such as an audio guide or sightseeing flex pass.

This is honestly a must-do in Nashville. I don't think you can actually go to Nashville without doing a tour here. It's been open since 1961 and offers decades of music history.

There are stars on the sidewalk (yes, like Hollywood) that you can take photographs with! Super cool.

We took 2-3 hours to tour the entire museum, which is on track with the average time spent there. You definitely get your money's worth here. There's so much information, original artifacts, and other cool bits of creative museum pieces.

After you're done walking a million miles through the museum, head over to the Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe!

Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

119 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201

Open 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Tickets cost $18-20 per person

Purchase your tickets and grab a bite to eat from the cafe. Naturally, we grabbed some coffee and a snack to refuel. The cafe is in the gift shop so feel free to grab a coffee mug or, of course, a sticker!

The museum takes about 2 hours to walk through. Much like the Hall of Fame, this museum has an insane amount of original artifacts and bits of information! Take your time and read everything! The whole family will love this museum!

Pro-tip: there's a mural on the back of the building, so be sure to walk around back and snap a photo or two!

The Parthenon

2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

Open 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:30-4:30 Sunday, and closed on Monday.

Also free.99 baby!!

...but also you should donate a couple of dollars when you're touring!

Since visiting, I have seen that this is listed as the "most over-rated tourist attraction in Nashville," but we don't agree. This was actually super cool (or maybe we're just lame??)

Either way, it's a full-sized replica of the actual Parthenon in Athens. Even cooler, it was built in 1897 and it is still standing today.

It's located in Centennial Dog Park, so if you're looking for a dog-friendly stop, the dog-park here is your place!

You can tour at your own pace, which is awesome. The ground floor is basically an art museum, full of paintings, sculptures, and some artifacts from centuries past. Take the stairs to the upper floor to see a giant sculpture of Athena (also seen on my Instagram!!)

Be sure to offer to take a photo for a stranger! The entire museum only takes about 30-45 minutes to tour, so it's especially nice if you need a time filler.

Grand Ole Opry

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Open 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. Sunday-Friday, 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. on Saturday

Tickets are $35.00 per person

The price does feel a little high, BUT this is another must-do. Buy your tickets ahead of time to reserve your tour slot.

With your pass, you get to tour the entire Opry, go backstage, see the artists' dressing rooms, and a bunch more. There is a photo-op on the "famed wooden circle" on stage, which you can purchase at the end of the tour.

You can take photos throughout the entire tour, but don't forget to put down your phone/camera/tablet/whatever you're taking photos on and truly just enjoy the moment.

Pause and think about the true meaning behind where you are and what it means for artists to perform there.

The George Jones

128 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

Open 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. Sunday-Thursday, 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 A.M. Friday & Saturday

They also serve brunch 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Saturday & Sunday

This place does get busy (which is understandable, trust me!), so you can make a reservation ahead of time. We didn't, but we were able to snag a spot at the bar.

The food here was seriously amazing, and there was live music the night that we were there! It was the perfect way to end our last night in Nashville.

Day 3

The Well Coffeehouse

This place is so good that there are 2 locations.

4002 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

7618 Hwy 70 S suite 107, Nashville, TN 37221

Both locations are open at 7:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. every day of the week!

We're huge coffee people (who else?) so finding a local cafe was a must on our last morning in Nashville.

We grabbed a breakfast sandwich, iced coffee, and--you guessed it--a sticker, before heading home.

I hope that this helped you plan out your trip to Nashville. If you've been to any of these places or would recommend somewhere we didn't mention, drop a comment below!

xoxo, carson

About Carson Presley

I'm a dog mom of two and travel enthusiast! I graduated from college this year and am running this blog part-time while I start my new career.

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