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My wife & I are celebrating 20 years this fall. Fiji is out of the question. She wants to take a long weekend trip to Nashville. Neither of us are big country music fans, but the city seems to be cool enough to find things to do for a few days. We both appreciate good live music in a small setting.

The Jonny Cash museum is on her list, as are about 30 restaurants. Thinking about an airBNB apartment for the stay instead of some crummy Holiday Inn room. Still debating drive vs. fly and rent car.

Anyone here have any first hand experience with the city?

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Great small city lots of bars and restaurants. Great music everywhere. Parking is incredibly expensive so find a place close to the downtown that you can walk. I'm not a big country music fan but enjoyed the HOF. Definitely do the Ryman Auditorium tour.

Take a ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway lots of historical stops. Johnny Cash museum looked small and expensive so we skipped it. Some of his stuff in the Ryman. That's where his TV show was done.

If you only have 4-5 days I would fly and rent a car otherwise you lose 2 days traveling but there are plenty of stops on the way down.

I can't wait to go back as we only spent 2 days there and it wasn't enough.

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A few years ago, we drove to Memphis and stayed a couple of nights at each of several stops on the way - including Nashville.  Music Row is interesting. I'm not a country music fan either but there was a lot to see and do.  By the way, music row isn't just one street, it's 3 blocks wide in some places and 4 or 5 blocks long.

The grand old opry offered tours during the day.  I didn't want to see a show but the tour was interesting.

We happened to be there during Elvis week.  I've never seen so many Elvis's .

 

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Check out vrbo.com also. It's like airbnb but I like it better. Just got a 3 bedroom cabin in NH for 115 bucks a night and had views of Mt.Washington and they allowed our dogs. No hotel could come close to that price without risking bed bugs lol 

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My father-in-law lives out there and was visiting him once a year. We are moving out there. Don’t just look in Nashville. There is a lot of history there. Go see the Hermitage Plantation.

I can’t believe how many here say they are not country music fans, yet want to see the sights. Come on guys. Nashville -IS- country music. Oh, and take the riverboat ride.
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My father-in-law lives out there and was visiting him once a year. We are moving out there. Don’t just look in Nashville. There is a lot of history there. Go see the Hermitage Plantation.

 

I can’t believe how many here say they are not country music fans, yet want to see the sights. Come on guys. Nashville -IS- country music. Oh, and take the riverboat ride.

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I agree. I don't care for new country but who doesn't like the Highwaymen and other old school Outlaws.

 

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Lane motor museum is very cool.  Take a walk in centennial park and check out the nc&stl 576 steam locomotive on static display.  Also, bowling green kentucky (national corvette museum) is within striking distance for a afternoon as is the rockcastle shooting center which is about 20 minutes from Bowling Green.  I think public is allowed there and they have everything from pits to 1,600 yards in Thunder Valley.  Even have their own hotel and restaurant. 

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Thanks all. Unfortunately, the kids and school is going to be an issue, so it is either August or second week in November. I would prefer November to avoid the heat. Spent a month in Virginia in July one week a few years back. It was brutal.

As for country music. I do enjoy the classic honky tonk sound, as well and the standards, ie Patsy, Everly Bros, Loretta. Modern country is quite awful in my opinion.

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Thanks all. Unfortunately, the kids and school is going to be an issue, so it is either August or second week in November. I would prefer November to avoid the heat. Spent a month in Virginia in July one week a few years back. It was brutal.
As for country music. I do enjoy the classic honky tonk sound, as well and the standards, ie Patsy, Everly Bros, Loretta. Modern country is quite awful in my opinion.
Go in November. Tennessee heat sucks in the Summer.

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8 hours ago, Pew Pew Plates said:

Lane motor museum is very cool.  Take a walk in centennial park and check out the nc&stl 576 steam locomotive on static display.  Also, bowling green kentucky (national corvette museum) is within striking distance for a afternoon as is the rockcastle shooting center which is about 20 minutes from Bowling Green.  I think public is allowed there and they have everything from pits to 1,600 yards in Thunder Valley.  Even have their own hotel and restaurant. 

And it's a winery also. Forgot about that place had a blast there.

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3 hours ago, capt14k said:

Go in November. Tennessee heat sucks in the Summer.

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Have to agree. One night it was 84 at 10:30 PM. couldn't finish a beer before it got warm.

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8 hours ago, capt14k said:

It's a little bit of a hike but if you have time the Smokey Mountains are worth the ride.

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For once he has a good suggestion. If you go in the beginning of November you might just catch the end of the Smokey mountian elk rut. I was lucky enough to catch the very beginning of it in September a few years ago. Nothing quite like hearing pre dawn elk bugles in the middle of the woods and seeing 2 900lb bulls trying to kill each other!

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