Are you thinking of taking a trip to the Music Capital of the United States? There is certainly more to Nashville than its country music roots and its boozy 'NashVegas' reputation. In fact, Forbes Travel named Nashville one of the top 16 destinations for 2016!
However, if you need another reason to visit this blooming city, know that it's the epitome of raw, organic musical talent and boasts the perfect concoction of urban landscape meets natural green space.
Go for a Stroll
With the Cumberland River running alongside the downtown core, it was so easy to get lost in nature and forget about the hustle and bustle happening just a stones throw away on Broadway. On a sunny day, get in some miles by walking along the river and up onto the Cumberland footbridge, also known as Nashville's 'pedestrian-only' bridge. Here you will have scenic views looking out across the river and back onto the downtown area.
Pro tip: Be sure to pack some sunscreen and lots of water! I always travel with my platypus waterbottle because it folds down flat when empty to save space.
Prefer a stroll at night? The bridge lights up, proving to be just as beautiful after dusk.
Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine with some lunch on a roof top patio! Maybe it’s those Canadian winters I endure every year, but there is something so uplifting about enjoying a nice meal while basking in the sun. During my stay in Nashville, I visited “ACME Feed & Seed” two separate times for food and drinks!
They have a large rooftop patio, perched up on the corner of Broadway and 1st Ave S, where you have the option of gazing out across the river or down on the main strip. If you need to seek some shade, ACME also boasts 2 lower floors of indoor seating.
Escape the hoards of tourists and head on over across the river to East Nashville for the local experience. If you are seeking a quiet meal or an alternative ambiance from the boozy, live music venues downtown, look no further – East Nashville houses tons of great restaurants. We went to the ‘The Wild Cow’ for a vegetarian/vegan lunch and it was honestly some of the best vegan grub I have had dining out …ever!
If this doesn’t suit you, how do lime margaritas out on a funky patio, surrounded by colourful art and Japanese lanterns sound? Check out RosePepper for Mexican food, Mexican beers and margaritas on their large patio (or indoors). Supposedly, their margaritas have been voted BEST in the city for the last ten years.