Spotlight On Nashville
Music City is ready for its encore. Add Nashville to your travel bucket list and discover a quirky city with a ton of small-town heart. Let the sound of country music lead you down Broadway Street and get your fix of southern-style hot chicken at one of the city’s many delicious dives.
Travel might have changed, but your Nashville resorts are Vacation Ready, from enhanced cleaning practices to updated safety protocols. Explore this guide to find out what’s open in Nashville right now.
They don’t call it “Music City” for nothing. From Americana and pop to rock ’n’ roll and, of course, country, Nashville is best known for its iconic music venues. Major tours and festivals are postponed, but you can still explore the city’s rich musical heritage at these top attractions.
Grand Ole Opry
“The Show That Made Country Music Famous” must go on, even without live performances. Explore the famed Opry House on a guided backstage tour instead. To ensure social distancing measures are in place, tours are offered during the day only and for a reduced number of guests.
The former home of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium is known as the “Mother Church” of country music. It’s an important pilgrimage for any music lover. The Ryman is now open for self-guided tours during the day, with staff and guests required to practice social distancing.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
This popular museum celebrates the entire recorded history of American music. Discover the untold stories of lesser-known musicians who made important contributions to the industry. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is open and adhering to the city’s updated safety protocols.
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe
Dedicated to the life and music of the Man in Black, the Johnny Cash Museum is a must for any fan’s bucket list. Open and operating at 50% capacity, this award-winning museum features the largest collection of items and artifacts devoted to Johnny Cash.
OTHER TOP ATTRACTIONS
There are plenty of ways to play in Nashville, Tennessee. Get to know the city’s colorful culture and history at these top attractions in Nashville, now open for business.
Nashville is known for music, but the city is home to a number of notable museums devoted to art, history, and culture. Many have reopened their doors, requiring visitors to purchase tickets in advance and practice social distancing. Some of the best Nashville Museums open right now include the Frist Art Museum, the Tennessee State Museum, and The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s historic mansion.
Parks & Gardens
Many of Nashville’s beautiful parks and gardens are open to the public again. Situated 2 miles west of downtown Nashville, Centennial Park is home to the famous replica Parthenon, built to honor the city’s status as “The Athens of the South.” Visitors can enjoy the lush botanical gardens, Chihuly art exhibit, and weekly wellness programs at Cheekwood Estate, though its historic manor house remains temporarily closed.
Pack your walking shoes to discover Nashville’s best murals and street art. Along 12th Avenue in the 12 South neighborhood, you’ll find popular murals like “I Believe in Nashville,” “Flowers,” and “Make Music Not War.” See how many you can spot along the streets of East Nashville, Downtown, and The Gulch.
WHERE TO EAT
Nashville restaurants are reopening, with most operating at partial capacity inside or offering to-go, delivery, or outdoor seating.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
The Pancake Pantry
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Arnold’s Country Chicken is an award-winning local spot that serves up the classic “meat and three” during weekday lunches only. Their dining room is open at 50% capacity, but you can also take it to-go.