As a Nashville elopement photographer I have the unique opportunity to work with people from all over the country. Nashville has become quite a tourist hot spot, and as a local it’s been such a special thing to be a part of. If you’re considering Nashville for your elopement or even for your honeymoon, I’m sharing my top reasons why Nashville is worth visiting! From the hustle and bustle of Broadway celebrating the home of country music, and the incredible hot chicken scene it’s a can’t miss spot.
Top 10 Things to Do When Visiting Nashville
First on my list and a total must see in Nashville, Centennial Park. Not only is the park itself beautiful featuring the Parthenon and an art museum inside the park. But Taylor Swift has mentioned this specific park in a few of her songs, and now has her own bench inside the park. It’s such a popular spot with Nashville locals for all things elopements, engagements and even just a fun picnic spot. Throughout the park you can find, Lake Watauga, the Centennial Art Center, historical monuments, Taylor Swift’s bench, an arts activity center, and so much more.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
If you’re looking to learn about the history of Nashville, look no further than Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Featuring over 50 acres at their historic site, the estate offers guests the opportunity to walk the breathtaking 13 gardens, view art and enjoy the beauty that is Nashville. While planning your trip, check out the events they have planned for the time you’re there! Some of my favorites are Cheekwood in Bloom, and fall at Cheekwood is incredible!
TailGate Brewery – Nashville is Totally Worth Visiting!
Visiting Nashville and looking for a one of a kind experience? Look no further than TailGate Brewery. Home to 5 taprooms, and a variety of different beers that are sure to impress. Even if you’re not a big beer drinker, I’m here to tell you, you’ll find at least one you’ll like! Taste their beer and grab a pizza at their headquarters in Nashville.
Visiting Broadway is something you have to do at least once while you’re visiting Nashville! Celebrating the home of country music at local bars, concerts and so much more. You won’t see a lot of locals doing this, but it’s such a fun thing to do when visiting Nashville. If you’re a country music fan, this and visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame will make Nashville worth visiting!
Over the past year there’s been great debate over who has the best chicken, I’m here to tell you, nobody compares to Nashville’s hot chicken! There’s something so unique and delicious about the hot chicken here and you definitely have to try it out. Hattie B’s is a great spot for hot chicken and a fun time! Hattie B’s has a location on Broadway, but my all time favorite spot is off of Charlotte Pike. It’s not as crowded as other locations and has incredible food!
Country Music Hall of Fame
Being home to country music it’s only right that when you’re visiting Nashville you visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. The museum debuts new exhibits frequently to honor country stars and new honorees. Take a look through their website and check out activities ranging from song writing sessions to shows and more. If you’re a country music fan, this is a must see!
Opryland – Nashville is Worth Visiting!
Next on my list of things to do in Nashville is visit Opryland. Home to over 2,000 rooms, and sitting on the Cumberland River. Opryland is an experience all on it’s own featuring casual dining to fine dining, a spa, live entertainment and indoor/outdoor water experiences. It’s a great spot for taking the family or just spending the day on your honeymoon. Opryland is another spot that makes Nashville worth visiting, that’s for sure!
Concert at the Ryman
Another country fan must see spot the Ryman. I recommend catching a show there, as well as a self guided tour. It is one of those places that is so full of rich history and magic that you can feel the energy as you walk through the hallow halls. They have artists ranging from country music to soul, and even comedians playing. Check it out!
Percy Warner Park
One of my favorite spots in Nashville, Percy Warner Park. Enter at the stairs, and you may just see someone you recognize. I once saw Dennis Quaid there! Percy Warner Park is one of the largest parks in Nashville with over 3,000 acres – it’s incredible! The stairs are the most iconic and well known perfect for photos!
12South – Nashville is Totally Worth Visiting!
Lastly, 12South. It’s such a cute area with tons of famous murals and shops. It’s a half mile stretch on 12th Avenue South with such a fun variety of shops and restaurants to explore. From vintage clothing shops, to upscale restaurants and my favorite spot, a coffee shop called Frothy Monkey! I love walking 12South for a casual morning out and about.
No matter where your trip to Nashville takes you, I know you’ll have a blast because Nashville is totally worth visiting!
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