Nashville is a rollicking destination that’s worth a visit, especially if you’re a music fan. A good part of blues, rock, and country music originated from here and set ablaze the careers of many music stars. The city continues to serve as a source of creativity for many musicians trying to succeed, which makes Nashville a fun playground to see up-and-coming live music acts or revisit stars of the past.

If you’re interested in immersing yourself in the musical environment of Nashville, include this city guide in your planning. Discover the top things to do, where to stay when you’re in Nashville, and which restaurants serve the most delicious Southern food.

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Traveling to Nashville

Flying to Nashville is not difficult, since many major airlines stop at the Nashville International Airport. Deals as low as $67 for a one-way flight are easily found on travel search engines. However, another rewarding way to explore the city is by driving your own car or renting one.

Getting Around

Once you arrive, staying in the downtown area places you within walking distance of landmarks, restaurants, and any other special events happening during your visit. If you prefer something faster than walking, the tourism board has set up a free transportation service called the Music City Circuit, which travels throughout the downtown core every 10 to 15 minutes.

Best Music Venues

Obviously, where you choose to catch live music depends on your musical tastes. If you enjoy bluegrass, country, rock, blues, or anything else I haven’t named here, you’ll find these musical styles and more in this city. For music history buffs, or for those who simply enjoy a live band, historical venues such as The Station Inn and Robert’s Western World will give you hours of songs, drinks, and emotional lyrics. The Guardian has a starter guide on Nashville’s music venues that should help you.

Best Food

Southern food has some deep-seated roots, yet somehow this type of food is also timeless. This timeless quality contributes to the reasons that restaurants in Nashville stay open for more than 50 years, continuing to attract customers daily. Southern food is known for biscuits, grits, crispy fried chicken, collard greens, and sweet potato pie, and all these dishes can be found around town. I suggest starting at historical restaurants such as The Loveless Café or Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Here’s one vital tip: Simply ask locals where they like to eat.

Music History

If you’re a bona fide music buff, then a visit to many of the city’s music museums is in order. The best ones to tour are the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and RCA Studio B. To book a tour, look on the respective websites of the venues and reserve your tickets online. If you love Johnny Cash, you’ll also find a museum in his name, which is perfect for his avid fans.

This guide sounds so appealing that I may need to book a trip there myself soon.