Nashville Weekend Getaway: Destination Reviews

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Nashville in a weekend is an amazing choice! 

My sister and I recently returned from a girls' weekend trip in Nashville! We made a road trip out of the adventure, stopping along Mammoth Cave National Park along the way, but we'll just share what to do in Nashville on a weekend!

You can check out the Louisville to Nashville drive if you are coming from that direction or want to extend your trip – it's totally worth it!

This itinerary is exactly what we did while we visited and provides an in-depth review of the places we visited. A basic 2-Day Nashville Itinerary is also available if you want to check it out—it's less personal and doesn't review the places in depth.

Day 1 – A weekend in Nashville

Plan your trip in advance. Pre-book the activities and tours that you want to participate in.

Grand Ole Opry

It is essential to pre-book activities, as everything seems to be busier nowadays.

We booked the Grand Ole Opry tour for 1:30 and arrived early. We attempted to change our ticket time, but the staff told us we couldn’t since we had pre-booked our tickets, so that was a bit of a bummer.

There was plenty of shade to sit in, so it wasn’t the end of the world. If you arrive early, there are a few other things to do in the area.

The wooden doors of the Grand Ole Opry House, adorned with a floral wreath, greet visitors with a warm and rustic charm, highlighting the iconic venue's historic significance in Nashville, Tennessee.

We headed over to the Opry Land Hotel to enjoy the gardens. The air conditioning felt as lovely as the gardens looked! Also in the area is the Opry Mills shopping center, which has plenty of free parking.

The Grand Ole Opry Tour was exciting! It lasted about an hour and did not seem rushed. The tour started with watching a film about the Opry's history before heading into the backstage and stage areas.

The stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring musical instruments and equipment with the iconic Grand Ole Opry sign and logo illuminated in the background.

Andrew Jackson Hermitage

Our last stop for the day was the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. The Museum isn’t overly large but has lovely displays. The grounds were beautiful, and the Mansion was very interesting. 

Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy while we were there, and we didn’t enjoy the grounds as much as we had hoped. Photos are not allowed inside the Mansion, and access to the home is via timed entry.

The Andrew Jackson Hermitage, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a historic plantation home surrounded by lush trees and a wide grassy lawn, highlighting its classical architecture and serene setting.

Food: McNamara’s Irish Pub & Restaurant—We picked this place because it had excellent reviews—and they were spot on. The food was so yummy! The site also had great décor and a very attentive staff.

Accommodations:  Sheraton Music City Hotel – We selected this hotel because it was a part of the state of TN promotion. Stay two nights at a select hotel and receive a $250 flight voucher! The hotel was clean and comfortable.

Unfortunately, they did charge for parking.

Day 2 – A weekend in Nashville

We decided to check out some of Nashville's murals early in the morning, which was great since plenty of parking was available. The downside was that few people were around if you wanted a group photo.

If you poke around online, you can find mural maps in multiple places – check out Nashville's Murals!

Mural on a brick wall featuring the words "I BELIEVE IN NASHVILLE" in bold white letters, set against a background of red, white, and blue stripes with three white stars in a blue circle, representing the Tennessee state flag. The mural includes the hashtag #ibelieveinnashville and the copyright symbol © 2012 at the bottom.

We also headed over to the Nashville version of the Parthenon. While the art museum was not open, we still enjoyed a lovely morning in the park and the view. Parking is free around the park.

While we were out and about, we also took a pit stop at the Tennessee Capitol building. Parking is free at the Capitol during the weekend. Tours are offered Monday – Friday; be sure to check the website for more info.

The Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville, with its distinctive tower topped by the American and Tennessee flags, framed by trees and set against a clear blue sky.

Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium was on our radar for the day and did not disappoint! We opted for the self-guided tour. Plan to allow at least an hour to read the displays throughout the auditorium.

There is a fantastic amount of history in this place. If you thought the Grand Ole Opry was good, this was way better!  The staff takes your photo while you are on the stage, and be sure to pick up the photo at the gift shop!

Interior of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, showcasing the wooden stage, rows of seating, and the iconic backdrop featuring the "Ryman Auditorium" sign with images of famous musicians. The stage lights and sound equipment are visible, ready for the next performance in this legendary venue.

There is plenty of parking near the Ryman—check out Google Maps by searching “cheap parking in Nashville.”

After the Ryman, we walked around a bit, checking out the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and some other murals.

Lunch: Acme Feed & Seed. When you enter, place your order at the counter, and staff will give you a number and bring the food to your table.  We had the Nachos, and they were delicious.

Dinner:  We ate at the hotel – the food was so-so, and the service was very slow.

Colorful mural in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring stylized figures with vibrant clothing and the text "Looking Pretty, Music City." The artwork captures the city's lively and creative spirit.

Final Thoughts: Nashville in a Weekend

Nashville is a vibrant city with a rich history, fantastic food, and plenty of entertainment options.

Whether you're exploring the iconic Grand Ole Opry, marveling at the city's murals, or strolling through the beautiful gardens of the Opryland Hotel, there's something for everyone.

Planning your trip in advance and pre-booking tours can help you make the most of your weekend getaway. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, there are plenty of indoor activities to keep you entertained.

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