Nashville is a beautiful city full of life, art and music, but traveling anywhere can be expensive, especially if you’re visiting a popular tourist destination like Nashville. Luckily Nashville isn’t just museums and fancy restaurants. Whether you want to listen to live music or you’re looking to explore the quieter side of the city, there are plenty of great ways to experience Nashville without emptying your wallet.
A beautiful, well-loved destination in Nashville is Centennial Park. This 132-acre venue features historical monuments, activity centers and a full-size replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. You’ll also find a dog park, exercise trails and volleyball courts to enjoy during the warmer months. The foliage in Centennial Park is special, too. Alongside the 18 trees throughout the park, you’ll find QR codes with websites for you to visit. The websites include videos of Nashville-inspired singers telling (or singing) the stories of the trees.
If you’re looking for the archetypical tourist district in Nashville, you’ll find it on Broadway. It’s no wonder so many tourists make their way to the area that’s hustling and bustling with live music great food at nearly all hours. However, if you do plan on making your way down to Broadway, it’s best to take a ride-share service or a taxi. Parking is limited and driving through the main roads can be a headache if you’re not familiar with the area.
Music City Walk of Fame
Movie stars sit proudly on Hollywood Boulevard, but country music stars get their own chance to shine at the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville. Lined up on Demonbreun Street you’ll find all of your favorite country artists commemorated with plaques set in the pavement. Those featured on the Music City Walk of Fame have a connection to the city of Nashville and are recognized for their contributions to the music industry. Some of the most popular celebrated artists include Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash.
Music isn’t the only art form celebrated in Nashville. Throughout the city you’ll find beautiful murals, perfect for taking photos and creating memories. You just have to know where to look. If you take a trip to the Gulch district, you’ll find the WhatLiftsYou mural: a 20-foot-tall set of white wings painted against a deep black background. You can stand in front of the wings for the perfect photo-op. Another popular spot in the area is the “I Believe in Nashville” mural located on 12th Avenue. This red, white and blue mural is a great way to show off your trip to Nashville and celebrate the city’s all-American vibe.
The culture and energy in Nashville are unmatched. Whether you’re a country music fan hoping to explore the place the genre calls home, or if you’re just ready for a change of scenery, Nashville has a lot to offer. Plus, with free murals, music and sites to see, you won’t have to break the bank to have a great time.
This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.