What is the best way to see Nashville in one day?

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The best way to see Nashville in one day is to book a tour such as the Discover Nashville Tour available through Music City Tours and discount online vacation sites. This all-inclusive tour will introduce you to many of Nashville most well loved landmarks while leaving time for you to enjoy dinner at one of Nashville’s fine restaurants as well as the nightlife on Broadway. Sites included on the tour are Historic Downtown Nashville, Fort Nashborough, the Tennessee State Capitol Building, the Parthenon, Music Row and Studio B, Bicentennial Mall, Vanderbilt University, Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Claire Gibson

Only have one day to see music city? Never fear. Here in Nashville, we like to think our metropolitan area is really just a big small town. To do it right, spend the day soaking in the best of each of Nashville's neighborhoods. Here are some ideas for one amazing Nashville day:

Morning in East Nashville. Start with a cup of coffee and homemade biscuit at Barista Parlor in the neighborhood famed for its artist residents and eclectic style. Follow that up with some shopping at the Shoppes on Fatherland, a small nook of newly opened locally-owned boutiques, just down the road. 

Afternoon in Downtown + SoBro: Take a 90-minute walking tour with Nashville native, Bill Demain. Enjoy the stories he'll tell of country musicians and the sites you'll see, like Ryman Auditorium and Hatch Show Print. For lunch, enjoy the creations of Chef Matt Farley at The Southern in Nashville's bourgeouning "SoBro" neighborhood. Try the po' boy or the southern burger— you won't be disappointed! 

Evening in West Nashville: Take an easy walk around Centennial Park as the sun sets. Hopefully, that will  re-awaken your appetite for dinner! You can find a cozy table for classic Italian cuisine at Cafe Nonna's or enjoy some innovative creations at Park Cafe

Night-life in Midtown: You can't leave Nashville without seeing some live music! Catch a show at one of Nashville's many music venues like Mercy Lounge or its neighbor, Cannery Ballroom. They both have nightly shows that typically sell tickets at the door. If you've planned in advance, you could also check out a show at the city's legendary Station Inn. Whatever you do, make sure you brought your dancin' boots!

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