Weekend in Nashville: The best 2 Day travel plan

Lace-up your dancing shoes, you’ll need them for this epic travel plan for a weekend in Nashville! The capital of Tennessee and the place known simply as music City is the best choice for a weekend getaway.

With two days in Nashville, you’ll be able to dive into the city’s rich musical culture. There are exceptional museums, markets, and historic venues to choose from during the day. 

When night falls, it’s time to hit the town for some live music.

From international acts playing to a sold-out arena to up-and-coming local bands trying to find their break at dive bars, there’s always a show going on.

Even with just a weekend in Nashville, you can get a feel for the place. It’s not overwhelming like new York or LA so you can cover some severe ground even on a short trip.

Nashville has a special place in my heart (and probably my liver from all the partying I’ve done there!). I used to live down the road in Murfreesboro and have spent lots of nights eating hot chicken and jamming out to live music. It’s easily one of my favorite American cities.

Read on for a in-depth look at how to spend 2 days in Nashville as well as recommendations on the best places to stay. 

Table of Contents
Day 1 in Nashville
Day 2 in Nashville
Insider ideas for a weekend in Nashville
Getting to Nashville
Best place to stay for a weekend in Nashville
Now You know What to make with 2 Days in Nashville

Day 1 in Nashville

You only have a weekend in Nashville, so you have to make it count! On the first day, you’ll get a great introduction to the city and its rich musical culture.


As far as breakfast goes, you have lots of options downtown.

If you’re up early enough, get a table at Frothy Monkey. They have a solid breakfast menu (including their Cheesy Grit Bowl) and lots of tasty coffee options.

Those who are like me and struggle at getting out the door in time can just swing by drug store Coffee for a to-go breakfast sandwich and a strong cup of joe.  

A terrific way to get your bearings in any city is by taking a walking tour. complimentary excursions Nashville comes highly recommended. They run excursions at 9 AM that last for about an hour and a half. 

This is one of the best things to do in Nashville when you first arrive. The walking excursion will give you a great introduction to downtown Nashville as well as solid recommendations from a local.

As with complimentary excursions all over the world, guides rely on your ideas so return that southern hospitality if you take pleasure in the tour!

If you can’t make the 9 AM excursion or just don’t feel like being with a group, you can make your own walking tour. discover Nashville put together two different diy walking excursions of downtown. just click here to download the PDF and you’re ready to rock.


You’re spoiled for lunch choices in downtown music City. If you’re just spending a weekend in Nashville, a solid choice is Acme Feed & Seed. 

This substantial space on the riverfront has a fun weekend brunch from 10 AM-3 PM with plenty of mouthwatering options. There’s also an substantial cocktail menu and a “build your own mimosa” option. Oh yeah, and there’s live music, too!

Speaking of music, you can spend the rest of your afternoon checking out some of the lots of music-related sights. There’s the country music Hall of Fame, which will take you on a journey through the whole history of the genre that put Nashville on the map. 

The museum is open from 9 AM-5 PM and tickets cost $25.95 for adults. Click here to get hold of your tickets online in development and save time. 

There’s also the Johnny cash Museum, which is a fascinating place to check out for any fans of “The man in Black.” He’s one of the best-selling artists of all time and an absolute legend in the music world. 

You can check out the museum from 9 AM-7 PM and tickets cost $20.95 for adults. Head to their web site to pick up your tickets.

Whichever museum you visit, it’s worth it to make a quick detour through the music City walk of fame Park. It features plaques honoring some of the greatest names in the city’s musical history.

If you’re feeling really motivated with your weekend in Nashville, you can also squeeze in a check out to the historic Ryman Auditorium.

It was the home of the Grand Ole Opry for 30 years but ended up facing the bulldozer when the Opry changed locations.

Thankfully the efforts to save and eventually restore the Ryman paid off. It is once again a world-class place to see live music and it even hosts Opry shows again (from November to January).

The Ryman is open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM and you can take a self-guided tour. Tickets cost $24.95 (click here to book them online), so pick one up and add the “Mother Church of country Music” to your Nashville weekend trip.


While it will still be bright out when you leave the Ryman, it’s still the best time to transition into the “evening” portion. After all, the party starts early on a weekend in Nashville!

Just across the street is the famed Honky-Tonk highway full of Nashville’s famous live music bars. The party is generally going all day each day at these places. best of all, there’s never a cover charge!

One of the most popular Nashville honky-tonks is Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Head up to their rooftop for drinks with a view as day turns into night in music City.

Where you go from here will depend mainly on what (and how much) you had to drink at the honky-tonk bars.

I know you’re in Tennessee, but don’t go too wild on the whiskey! There’s still a lot to make with your precious 2 days in Nashville.

In all honesty, you could just stay on this block for the rest of your night and have an absolute blast.

There are so lots of bars to choose from here and they all have live music, so it’s fun to just bounce around. Where else can you see 10-15 different bands in one night and not pay a single cover charge? 

You’ll eventually need some food to soak up that booze. With a little bit of liquid courage in you, I’d say you’re ready to tackle Nashville’s legendary hot chicken. 

It’s just a few blocks walk over to Prince’s hot chicken Shack. They’ve been cooking up the fiery fowl for nearly a century and are a beloved Nashville institution at this point.

A word of alerting — even the medium is exceptionally spicy.

If it’s your first time eating hot chicken, it’s best to ease yourself into it. Seriously, this stuff is pretty intense. You’ve been warned!

Should you get a second wind and want to keep the party going, then choose it! Bars stay open until 3 AM and it’s always a good time downtown over the weekend in Nashville. 

Day 2 in Nashville

Life is all about choices, including how best to spend your weekend in Nashville. how you go about the 2nd day will depend on how hard you went that first night!


Those who opt to paint the town and dance the night away may need a late start to day two. You absolutely won’t be the only one sleeping in and nursing a hangover on a Sunday in Nashville…

If you didn’t get absolutely wild the night before, you have some a lot more options with how to spend your day. I will supply options for both the party animal and the early bird!

The go-getters out there can consider heading out to one of the lots of historical sights in the area. one of the most popular is the Belle Meade Plantation.

You can get yourself out there if you rent a automobile (click here to get directions). It’s open from 9 AM to 5 PM and tickets cost $28 on the weekend.

For a a lot more carefree visit, just sign up for this epic tour. You’ll check out the plantation, do a white wine tasting, and also get to check out the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. 

Not into the idea of getting up early for a big tour? No worries. There are plenty of ways to a lot more leisurely spend your 2nd morning in music City.

Grab a coffee downtown then start out at the Tennessee state Capitol. They don’t run the complimentary guided excursions on the weekend, but it’s still worth it to have a look at this historic building. 

From there, it’s a great walk through the Bicentennial Capitol mall state Park.

Be sure to check out the 95-bell carillon that represents the musical heritage of the state of Tennessee. There’s one for each of the state’s 95 counties! try to time it at the top of the hour to hear them play the Tennessee Waltz. 

The reason I didn’t give you a breakfast recommendation yet is because this is where you’ll find the Nashville Farmer’s Market. the market is home to 20 different local shops and restaurants. It’s absolutely a must-visit for a weekend in Nashville.


While you’re over here, you can also drop into the Tennessee state Museum. It’s the best place to learn all about the history of the Volunteer State. It’s also absolutely free! 

Once again, I’ll present a few different options for you to take pleasure in the 2nd half of your weekend in Nashville. 

If it’s a stunning day outside, you may want to head on over to Centennial Park. home to a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, you’ll see why Nashville is also called “The Athens of the South.” 

This large public park is the best place to take pleasure in some time outside, with a lake, hiking trails, and much more. There are typically cultural events here, including complimentary concerts.

Speaking of music, one of the most popular Nashville attractions is the Grand Ole Opry. This is the longest-running radio broadcast in the USA, going way back to 1925. It’s even called “the home of American music.”

There are shows at the Grand Ole Opry every Friday and Saturday night, but you can take a excursion any day of the week. Click here to book an exceptional backstage excursion that also takes you around the Gaylord Opryland Resort. 

If you’re feeling a lot more of a party vibe, why not excursion a local distillery? There are quite a few choices in the area, but I recommend Corsair. They strive to put Nashville in a bottle and I’d say they do a fine job!

On one of their 30-minute guided tours, you’ll see the process they use to make their special grain-to-glass spirits. You’ll also get to taste five of them. At just $13 this is a steal. Click here to reserve your spot. 


However you spent your afternoon, it’s worth it to drop by the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. Take a stroll above the Cumberland River to take in the views and enjoy the city light up. absolutely bring your cam for this one!

With your weekend in Nashville pertaining to a close, it’s time to get hold of some dinner and gear up for another night out on the town. Head over to the Gulch to have your pick of several restaurants and bars.

I suggest heading first to the flying Saucer for some tasty pretzels and craft beer. They normally have 20+ beers on tap and always have an excellent collection of bottles.

A few spots that come recommended for dinner include Peg Leg Porker (BBQ), stock & Barrel (burgers & bourbon) and M (upscale Southern). The latter is a bit on the fancier side so you may want to make a reservation ahead of time.

Where you go from here really depends on what time of year you check out Nashville and what you’re into.

This is music City after all, so chances are there are dozens of shows to choose from. Click here to check out a calendar of live music and see what’s playing. 

If you’re into sports, you can check to see if there’s a home game going on.

The city is home to the Predators (hockey), sounds (minor league baseball), Titans (American football), and the brand-new Nashville SC (soccer). local fans are really passionate and the games are tons of fun.

Of course, you could always just go back to honky-tonk hopping downtown. Whatever you do, make the most of the last few hours of your weekend in Nashville!

Insider ideas for a weekend in Nashville

You’re absolutely in for a good time when you take a Nashville weekend trip. You’ll have an even better time if you follow these valuable tips:

Take it easy – It’s easy to crank it up to 11 and go all out in music City. When the bands are jamming and the bartenders are pouring all day long, it’s easy to get a little too sloppy too swiftly here. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and eat food in between all that partying. 

Don’t eat the hottest hot chicken – Guys, this one is especially for you. I know you want to look like a badass by eating that “XXX Hot” variety of hot chicken. depend on me when I say it’s not worth it. You’ll be paying for that bad decision all weekend!

Forget the car – Nashville doesn’t have the best public transportation, so you may be tempted to rent a car. If you’re only spending a weekend there and are seeking to have a good time, though, a automobile really isn’t necessary. let Uber drive you back to your hotel.

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