Nashville, TN is known for many things, the music, the songs, the musicians, the country lifestyle, and of course, the speedway. The city is home to the NASCAR Grand National Series, as well as the Southern 500 (the season finale) and the All-Star Race. Each year, thousands of people head to Nashville to attend these events and many more stay behind to enjoy the atmosphere and take a trip down memory lane.
Although Nashville is mostly known for its professional sports teams, it is actually quite a sight to see cars and trucks speeding around the city’s scenic back roads and familiar, historic routes. One of the city’s most recognizable buildings is Municipal Auditorium, built in the 1930s and originally the home of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
The speedway opened in May 1945 and originally consisted of a single, half-mile straightaway, which is now named after its founder, Bill France, Jr. The most famous portion of Bill France Sr. Boulevard is the Hilltop and that is where you’ll usually find the most popular restaurants and bars in Nashville.
The annual event, the Music City Marathon, has been held in Nashville every year since 1977 and is the largest marathon in the country. It attracts runners from all over the country and the world, as well as participants who want to walk or run the whole thing. The annual marathon begins and ends at the speedway, with around 22,000 people participating in the event each year. It is the second largest event, outside of New York City, after the Marine Corps Marathon.
Besides the speedway and the city’s other famous venues (Municipal Auditorium and the Ryman Auditorium), there are numerous other spots around town that you, as a visitor or native, may or may not know, depending on whether you live in Nashville or have visited the city recently.
Parks And Recreation
One of the best things about Nashville is its abundant parks and green spaces. Around the city, you’ll find beautiful rolling hills, quaint old-town neighborhoods, and plenty of wildlife. As you might expect, many people take their dogs with them on walks, so if you’re a pet lover, you’ll have your pick of parks to choose from.
Of course, if you’re looking to keep your dog under control, you may want to take a quick trip to the suburbs, as there aren’t any dog-friendly parks within the city limits. It’s fairly easy to find a park that allows pets, though. You can contact the city’s planning department at (615) 741-4575 for more information. If you take the time to visit one of Nashville’s many parks, you’ll undoubtedly see people there, working out, playing sports, or just hanging out.
The city’s retail scene has a lot to offer, from big-name brands to hidden gems, local artisans, and one-off boutique owners. If you’re looking for luxury goods, you’re in the right place. The area around Broadway and 12th Avenue North is home to countless luxury stores and restaurants, including Tiffany, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren. You won’t find any major brand names nearby, however, so don’t expect to make a purchase and leave the store without help. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, you can find a variety of trendy, affordable clothing and accessories brands at the smaller shops nearby. The area’s also home to art galleries and independent bookstores. If you’re looking to spend more than $100, you’ll need a bus pass.
The country music scene in Nashville is well-known for its eateries, so it should come as no surprise that the city is home to some of the best restaurants in the country. If you’re looking to test the local cuisine, you can’t go wrong with any of the places listed below.
Nashville is also home to famous TV chef, Paula Deen, who once said that the local food is so good that it inspired her to write a cookbook about it. If that’s the kind of eatery you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with any of the below-listed places.
The bar scene in Nashville is as popular as the restaurant scene, so it should come as no surprise that the city is home to some of the best bars in the country. You haven’t truly experienced Nashville nightlife until you’ve been to one of its trendy restaurants or bars. You’ll find a variety of cuisines to choose from, which is great if you’re looking for a change of pace from the normal steakhouse fare.
The city’s bars and restaurants are frequented by locals and visiting celebrities, so if you show up at the right time, you may find yourself chatting with a politician or an artist. If that’s the type of bar you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with any of the below-listed places.
Nashville isn’t just about sport and food – there are plenty of attractions for people who want to have fun in the city. If you’ve never been to a carnival and you’re a bit of a scaredy-cat, you may want to avoid going to one in Nashville. Although there aren’t any big-name brands associated with carnivals, they’re still pretty scary. You’ll never know what might be hiding behind that shiny plastic tablecloth.
If you love snakes and you’ve never been to a natural history museum, you may want to try going to one in Nashville. They usually have a wide variety of creatures, including snakes, and lots of information about the flora and fauna of the region. If you’re a fan of the paranormal, you may want to check out Murder Mystery Tours, where you’ll learn about famous hauntings and try to figure out who put the curse on the city. Tours usually start at nightfall and you’ll have the opportunity to meet paranormal investigators from the TV show, Ghost Hunters, who’ll accompany you on your search for signs of the supernatural.
Besides the above-mentioned attractions, there are also plenty of museums in Nashville that you may or may not know about. Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the International Civil Rights Museum, the Parthenon Museum, and the Herschel Museum of Art. If you’re a fan of classic automobiles and you’ve never hit the road on Memorial Day, you may want to try going to a car show in Nashville. They’re usually held at the end of May and beginning of June, so you’ll have your pick of antique vehicles to choose from.
If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a baseball fan or you know one and you’re considering a visit to Nashville. The above should help you get a feel for what the city is like and maybe even give you some ideas about what to do while there. I hope I was able to help and that this article will make it easier for you to plan your trip to Nashville – either today or in the very near future.