Explore Music City's history, art, and, yes, sounds

Narrowing down the list of attractions to only 10 is difficult in a city that is growing at such a rapid pace but still dedicated to preserving and showcasing historic treasures and landmarks. Depending on your tastes and interests, planning a vacation or long weekend can revolve around music, Civil War sites or even ancient Greece (really).

One of the most sought-after locales for authentic Civil War history sites, the city and surrounding communities host dozens of tours each day to famous sites like Carton Plantation, Lotz House Museum and Carter House Plantation. Spirits come alive and guides are passionate on the topic. 

Part of what's fun on vacation to balance the iconic must-sees, like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium, with some unexpected sites, like the Lane Motor Museum, that your friends and neighbors may not have known about. Here's a cross-section of things to see and do in Music City.



If you have a history buff seeking entertainment, head straight to Franklin, TN. Here, you can visit many sites for very little expense. Carnton joins other nearby locales including Carter House and The Lotz House for a series of stops...  Read More



One of the few museums in the U.S. to specialize in European cars, Lane Motor Museum is a working museum. Some of the cars are in showroom condition, while others represent typical aging. A well-known Music City landmark, this unique collection...  Read More



Cheekwood mansion is a site to behold, and one that Nashville society has carefully protected for years with the annual white tie Swan Ball fundraiser. Curated antiques and a passionately preserved building are the reason this is the city's top...  Read More



A tribute to classical architecture, the Parthenon in Centennial Park houses one of the premier museums in the area. The permanent collection boasts notable works from 19th- and 20th-century American artists (Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Edwin...  Read More



One of Nashville's most beloved music venues, The Ryman is the premier spot for any music lover seeking to hear their favorite performer or tour a legendary performance space. Originally built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892 by Captain...  Read More



One of Nashville's most-visited attractions since opening in 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum resembles a small storefront but packs all kinds of memorabilia within. Look for listening booths, costumes and more collectibles chronicling the life and work of the Man in Black.

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park


A nod to this soldiers who served for our country, The Bicentennial State Park showcases the WWII veterans' memorial. Visitors are invited to splash in the fountains, and stroll down a walkway that honors every county in TN. There's a 200-foot...  Read More



The top attraction in Music City, The Grand Ole Opry is an American icon. Known as "country's most famous stage," what began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon. Providing world-famous entertainment for...  Read More

Andrew Jackson's Hermitage


History comes to life at the home of Old Hickory, former President Andrew Jackson. The story of The Hermitage, and how Andrew Jackson's forged his prosperous farm, is peppered with invention, freedom, and the changing tides of the times. At the...  Read More


Meet Stacie Standifer

As the founder of acclaimed titles Nashville Lifestyles, Nashville Weddings and AT HOME/NL, Stacie has been involved with every level of fashion, celebrity and home design in her city for over...  More About Stacie