If you didn’t already know, SHSMD 2019 is being hosted in Nashville, Tennessee — an iconic city full of history, music, southern charm, and excellent food. If you’ve never been to Nashville, settling on where to go and what to see can be a bit overwhelming. We’ve taken that burden away and gathered some great recommendations for while you’re visiting Nashville!
- Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Over the past few years, Nashville has become quite the foodie city full of outstanding restaurants. Trying hot chicken is a must while in Nashville. The traditional hot chicken is seasoned before being floured and then fried. Right before being served, cayenne pepper sauce is added, and all of it is placed on a slice of white bread with pickle chips. At most places, you can choose from a range of sauces between mild and spicy. With over seven different locations across the city, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has become a staple for getting your fix of Nashville hot chicken. If you want to stick to traditions and experience the place where Nashville hot chicken started, then try Prince’s Hot Chicken. They have made and served hot chicken for over 70 years!
- Broadway Street
If you love live music, Broadway Street is the place for you. Broadway Street is Nashville’s main thoroughfare and runs right through downtown. It is lined with a plethora of bars, each offering a distinct atmosphere. In most cases, bars are multiple levels, with each level offering a different live entertainment act. Lower Broadway is nicknamed “Honky Tonk Highway” because it features iconic venues such as Tootsies and is where legendary acts perform. What’s more, there’s no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please. I recommend heading to a bar that has a rooftop in order to take in the great views the city offers. Some popular bars are: The Stage, Honky Tonk Central, Acme Feed & Seed, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen & Bar, and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.
- Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum
If you are a country music fan or history junkie, then the Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum is perfect for you! You can peruse the plaques dedicated to some of country music’s finest — from Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash. The museum is also home to iconic artifacts, such as Jimmie Rogers’ guitar and Elvis Presley’s solid gold Cadillac limo. If you aren’t short on time, browse through the two-story wall plastered with every gold and platinum country record produced, before heading over to Studio B. It’s one of the world’s most influential recording studios and has produced more than 35,000 songs from legends like Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, and Roy Orbison.
- The Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry put Nashville on the map as the “Country Music Capital of the World.” It started as a radio show that began broadcasting in the 1920s, but over the years, it changed its venue. The Grand Ole Opry continues to host top country performers, such as Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Luke Combs. Taking a tour gives you the opportunity to look back through the ages. You have the ability to get a behind-the-scenes experience with a daytime backstage tour, a post-show tour, or a VIP tour. You’ll be able to walk the venue’s halls, see photos from moments in the Opry’s history, and maybe even have a chance to stand on the iconic stage.
- John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
If you want to have witness Nashville’s beautiful skyline and warm weather, then the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge will be right up your alley. The bridge was originally known as the Sparkman Street Bridge upon its initial construction. It was the first bridge in North America to have concrete arched trusses. Because of its truss design, it was admitted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1998. The bridge spans the Cumberland River and connects downtown Nashville to the Tennessee Titan’s football stadium. The best thing about this bridge is there is no automobile traffic, so cyclists and walkers move at their own pace. It is also the perfect spot to take photos of the river and downtown. You might even recognize it from a few music videos, including Dolly Parton’s “Together You and I” video.
These are just some of the few notable places for you to visit on your trip to Nashville. If none of these sound like your cup of tea, I promise there are still plenty of entertainment options! Don’t forget to pack your cowboy hat and boots, because it’s one of the few cities in the United States that you can wear them and fit right in.
We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Nashville for SHSMS 2019!