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Visit the Music City on a Bus Rental in Nashville, Tennessee

Go on a bus rental in Nashville, Tennessee and tour the city today.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is the second biggest city in Tennessee with more than 601,000 people calling it home. It is also the state's capital and is a known center for music, transportation, banking, publishing, and healthcare. It is also home to several universities and colleges.

There are so many experiences that you can have in the city. Find out what these are when you get on a bus rental in Nashville, Tennessee and see what you can find in the Athens of the South.

Explore the Music City aboard a bus rental in Nashville, Tennessee

The New York Times has named Nashville as one of the 52 places that you should go to in 2014. The Music City lives up to its moniker and gives you everything from country to rock & roll, and everything in between. More than the music, however, you would fall in love with Nashville no matter what your interests are. Art lovers, history buffs, fitness enthusiasts, and those who are just looking to have fun and relax have all found something amazing to do in the city.

So herd your friends and family on a bus rental in Nashville, Tennessee and discover the experiences that are waiting for you here.

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Rocketown has 40,000 sq. ft. of space that combines a coffee bar and amusement facilities. You can enjoy the safe, alcohol-free and drug-free environment here as you play video games, go skateboarding or check out a concert. They also have after-school classes such as dance, art, recording and film editing.

Arts & Culture

Nashville, Arts & Culture

Nashville reflects Tennessee's love for music, be it rock, pop, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz, classical or country. And it shows in the many music venues you can go see the best performers in the area. Be sure to check out the Ryman Auditorium. The performance venue seats close to 2,400 people and is home to the Grand Ole Opry. It currently hosts alternative, bluegrass, rock, pop, jazz, blues, folk, country, and gospel concerts. You could also catch a stand-up comedy show here or a theater production.

New Daisy Theatre is where you can catch the best local productions as well as national acts. It has featured several big names in the past, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Nirvana, Nelly, Oasis, and Justin Timberlake.

Other music related things to do in Nashville include:

  • Check out who's playing at the War Memorial Auditorium, which has consistently hosted big names and nationally known artists.
  • You could also catch some great live performances at the Belcourt Theatre, where you could also watch independent films.
  • Watch the Nashville Symphony Orchestra perform at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
  • Check out the music museums here as well, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
  • Or you could just go around The District and check out who's playing at different clubs and bars in the downtown area.
  • Join the thousands of country music fans as they celebrate the best at the CMA Music Festival.
  • Go down Music Row, where you could find music companies, especially gospel and Contemporary Christian music labels.
  • Listen to the Nashville Jazz Orchestra.
  • Be sure to visit the notable venues here such as Exit/In, Café Coco, Bluebird Cafe, the Mercy Lounge, Wildhorse Saloon, Newby's, Robert's Western World, and Station Inn.

Theater. First stop for theater lovers is the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. The center is home to several performing arts groups in the city, including the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps, the Nashville Opera, the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and the Nashville Ballet.

You also have the Nashville Children's Theatre, which has been named by TIME Magazine as among the best children's theaters in the country. The group produces shows and plays for families and kids.

Visual arts. The Tennessee State Museum is among the biggest state museums in the country and has around 70,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. This is where you go to learn more about the state's past through paintings and the arts. It also has a variety of art exhibits touching on different subjects all throughout the year.

OZ Arts Nashville gives you the chance to see the works of top artists in different media. This off-the-wall and non-traditional gallery is housed in an old cigar warehouse that has been recently refurbished. On top of the exhibits, you can also find performances here.

You could also check out the 5th Avenue of the Arts, where you have a collection of outstanding art galleries, such as Tinney Contemporary, the Rymer Gallery, and the Arts Company. If you are particularly interested in modern and new artwork, paintings, sculptures and photographs, then you should go to the Arts Company. On the other hand, the Rymer Gallery is the biggest modern art gallery in this district, while Tinney Contemporary also gives you the best contemporary artworks done by internationally renowned artists.

Then you have Fort Houston, which gives you a chance to learn through the workshops that they offer. You can also join in on the events that they host.

Further, you have Frist Center for the Visual Arts, where you have a family-friendly, top notch, art center that gives you local, international and national artworks. Do check out the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, an award-winning gallery that features around 30 art stations that are interactive. The center also has educational programs, live music every Thursday and Friday, a cafe and gift shop.

And for something truly unique, see the Hatch Show Print, which is one of the United States' oldest operating letterpress poster shops, having been found in the 1870s. Hatch Show Print has been responsible for art used for several events, Grand Ole Opry stars, circuses, sporting events, and concerts. Their art is highly appreciated by music fans and you could see some of their best works on display here. The shop is operated and owned by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Other galleries that you can go to include the:

  • Haynes Galleries: American realism including art works from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as modern, contemporary, and upcoming artists.
  • LeQuire Gallery: Contemporary sculptures, drawings and paintings.
  • Marathon Village: The city's most creative community that has around four dozen tenants where you can find fine art, art for sale and performing arts.
  • Pepsi Studio Gallery: Has temporary exhibits throughout the year.
  • Sarratt Gallery: Features a variety of exhibits every year, focusing on modern art created by national and regional artists.
  • Sherrick and Paul Gallery: Permanent gallery of Susan Sherrick, renowned art adviser and dealer. The gallery is set to feature artwork from notable galleries and museums around the country.
  • The Parthenon: Aside from being the only full-scale reproduction of the original Greek Parthenon, Nashville's Parthenon features the Athena Parthenos and the city art museum. The Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the country, standing at around 42 feet. Aside from that, you can see more than five dozen paintings here created by artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as temporary art exhibits.
  • Upper Room Chapel and Museum: Has Christian art that depicts biblical stories of the Pentecost and the Last Supper.
  • Zeitgeist Gallery gives recognition to some of the best local and regional artisans and artists.

Be sure to really get into the visual arts in Nashville by participating in a variety of art events such as the First Saturday Art Crawl and the Arts & Music at Wedgewood/Houston, both held on the first Saturdays of each month.

Festivals and annual events. Check out the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville, which is held every February. You can also check out the Nashville Film Festival, which is among the longest-running festivals in the country.

And then if you are in town in June, why not join the American Artisan Festival where you can see the artworks of at least 170 artists from all over the country. At around the same time, the CMA Music Festival brings in music lovers from everywhere.

Further, you can join the Italian Lights Festival, which welcomes more than 20,000 visitors every year.

Lastly, one of the city's top festivals is the Tennessee State Pow-Wow. The pow-wow has been held for at least the past three decades and is held during the National American Indian Month.

Restaurants & Shopping

Nashville, Restaurants & Shopping

Nashville can put anything on a plate and you would declare it world-class. Visit the many dining options in the city and taste its many specialities, including a plate of hot fish, barbecue, hot chicken and something called meat and three.

The best restaurants in the city are:

  • Arnold's Country Kitchen mixes an old-school ambience with delicious food. There is always something different depending on the ingredients that are available fresh for the day, but you should not miss their staples: chocolate pie and roast beef.
  • Capitol Grille is located at the Hermitage Hotel and is one of the best restaurants in Nashville due largely to the work of Chef Tyler Wilson. Order their blue plate lunch and you won't regret it!
  • City House serves food with a heavy touch of Italian influence, and this is where you can get the best pizzas, craft cocktails, whiskey and bourbon. If you want a new twist to your favorite food, trust Chef Tandy Wilson to give it to you here.
  • Eastland Cafe features an open kitchen and innovative dishes. Order their daily specials, no matter what it is, and ask about the local favorites.
  • Etch Restaurant is the best place to eat while taking a break from your sightseeing downtown. Vegetarians know this is the best place in town for them, but meat lovers would have something great to eat too.
  • Giovanni Ristorante - Nashville is a branch of the original in New York City. It offers a fine dining experience that serves the most delicious food and impressive wines. Great for a romantic evening and weddings.
  • Husk is the baby of Sean Brock. The Charleston original has a branch downtown and serves some local favorites such as fried chicken.
  • Kayne Prime gives you great food, an awesome wine list and an amazing view of the Nashville skyline. Order the steaks, the salads or the fish dishes.
  • Rolf and Daughters is located in Germantown and was named as one of the top new restaurants in the country when it opened in 2013. The casual ambience attracts the creative and artistic diners and celebrities. Order anything on the menu and be delighted at the experience. Be sure to top off your meal with a splendid dessert.
  • The Catbird Seat allows diners to see the chefs at work. So, you are basically enjoying a delicious meal while watching great chefs do their work. This restaurant is the best place for more adventurous foodies to go to.

Then you have the restaurants that any first timer in the city should not miss out on. That list includes Loveless Motel and Café, Macke's Restaurant, Patterson House, Prince's Hot Chicken, Arnold's Country Kitchen, I Dream of Weenie, and Margot/Marché.

Shopping. There are eight places in Nashville that every shopaholic would want to visit. First, you have Hillsboro Village where you can find chic shops and boutiques as well as antique stores. Check out unique merchandise offered by Posh Boutique, A Thousand Faces, and Davis Cookware. Then you could go to 8th Avenue Antique District for some of the best vintage and pre-loved finds, and be sure to check out if there are any auctions being held during your stay.

Also, you get Five Points in East Nashville. This area has a variety of art galleries such as the Art and Invention Gallery, as well as a variety of restaurants and entertainment spots. The District, on the other hand, has several specialty shops that you could go to. All of these are housed in renovated historic buildings, so you could admire the history and architecture while shopping.

CoolSprings Galleria, on the other hand, is one of the best malls in the city. It is where you go to buy from at least 150 stores such as The Limited, Forever 21, Williams-Sonoma, Belk, and Pier 1 Imports, Macy's, Dillard's, and Target. You can also go to 12th Avenue South, where you can find an eclectic mix of shops such as Katy K's Ranch Dressing, Sadie B., Corner Music Store, and 12th South Mercantile.

Meanwhile, the Music Valley Village gives you the chance to buy some souvenirs and gifts that is truly Tennessean. Check out Trail West, Boot Country, and Ernest Tubb's Record Shop here. Lastly, the Mall at Green Hills has all the high-end stores in the city. It has more than 100 stores and restaurants, anchored by Macy's and Dillard's.

Other shopping must-do's:

  • Save at Vf Outlet, Lane Bryant, Opry Mills Outlet or Charlotte Russe Outlet.
  • Find out what you can take home from the Nashville Flea Market. The market is held only once a month and has at least 1,300 booth filled with bargains and really unique items.
  • Check out the stores in East Nashville.
  • Get the latest fashion trends at one of the stores in the Gulch.
  • Shop for antiques in Frankville.

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Nashville, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

Famed golf course designer Donald Ross designed some of the best golf courses in the United States. Nashville is lucky to have three golf courses that were planned out by Ross: Belle Meade Country Club, the Original Richland Country Club, and Shelby Golf Club. In 1988, Jack Nicklaus stepped in and redesigned the Richland Country Club.

Other golf courses you can go to include:

  • Gaylord Springs At Gaylord Opryland Resort
  • Harpeth Hills Golf Course
  • Harpeth Valley Golf Center
  • Hillwood Country Club
  • McCabe Golf Course
  • Nashboro Golf Club
  • Percy Warner Golf Course
  • Richland Country Club
  • Ted Rhodes Golf Course
  • Two Rivers Golf Course
  • VinnyLinks Golf Course

Sports venues. Allen Arena is a hardwood court located inside the Lipscomb University and is used by the Music City Stars, Lipscomb Bisons, and Lady Bisons Volleyball for their games. The arena is also used for several events such as the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation Concert. The Bridgestone Arena is used for ice hockey, basketball and figure skating events, as well as several events. It can accommodate around 20,000 people in a space of around 750,000 sq. ft. It is also home to the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

Meanwhile, the Hawkins Field is home to the Vanderbilt Commodores college baseball team. This is also where the Nashville Outlaws played their home games before they played at Ken Dugan Field at Stephen Lee Marsh Stadium, which is where the Lipscomb Bisons baseball play. Another baseball venue is the Herschel Greer Stadium, which seat more than 10,300 people. People come here to see the Nashville Sounds play their home games.

You can also go to the Centennial Sportsplex, another multi-purpose sports complex which features a swimming pool, ice arenas, tennis courts and a fitness center. The Nashville Aquatic Club is a tenant here. Meanwhile, the Curb Event Center has a capacity of more than 5,000 people and is the home of the Belmont Bruins.

While the Hale Stadium accommodates around 10,000 people and is located inside the Tennessee State University campus. It is home to the university's football team. Then you have the LP Field, which is home to the Tennessee Titans, the Music City Bowl and the Tennessee State Tigers football team. The stadium has a capacity for more than 69,000 spectators.

There is also the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, which is used for both hockey and basketball, as well as other events. Some of the tenants here include the Ohio Valley Conference Men's & Women's Basketball Tournament, Nashville Knights, Nashville South Stars, Nashville Dixie Flyers, Nashville Ice Flyers, Nashville Rollergirls, and the Nashville Venom. Be sure to visit the Musicians' Hall of Fame and Museum on the premises.

If you like high speed races, then go to the Fairgrounds Speedway, where NASCAR Cups were held in the 1950s through the 1980s.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Nashville, Historical Sites & Landmarks

Nashville has an interesting past, and the city is not bashful in sharing its history with its wealth of historic sites that you could visit.

Anything about the city's past, from its musical roots to Greek temples, to historic buildings and houses, you can get on a bus rental in Nashville, Tennessee and find out what is in store for you. You can go to attractions such as the Anniversary of the Battle of Nashville at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park where you could tour the state using a granite map depicting Tennessee that measures 200 feet. You can easily see the 95 counties in the state, while 31 fountains introduce you to the state's major rivers. But most importantly, you can see the wall that depicts the history of Tennessee. You could also meet costumed players who play some of the state's best known personalities such as Alvin C. York, David Crockett, and various soldiers from the many wars.

The Belle Meade Plantation features an antebellum home with a Greek Revival architecture that goes back to more than a century and a half. The plantation is a good place to learn about the state's history from slavery to the Civil War and everything in between.

Meanwhile the Belmont Mansion is one of the biggest house museums in the city. You can go on a guided tour through the entire house and admire the architecture. You can also learn about Adelicia Acklen, the mistress of the house.

Why not go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and learn more about the city's love story with country music. Watch the historic videos, listen to some of the rarest and the best examples of country music, see the exhibits and check out who is performing live here.

Then you have the Lotz House, Carter House, and the Carnton Plantation. All of these houses played a significant role during the American Civil War. The Carter House served as the Federal command post, the Carnton Plantation was used as a field hospital for the Confederate side, and the Lotz House is where you would find the Civil War House Museum, complete with furnishings, antiques, and fine arts. Meanwhile, you can check out Fort Nashborough where the first families of Tennessee lived, and Marathon Village where you could find arts-related institutions housed inside historic buildings and houses.

Another site you should not miss is Fort Negley, which in its time was the most significant and the biggest fort built and used by Union troops in Nashville. There are interactive demos and videos here to help you learn more about the 1862 surrender of the city and other related topics. Then head on to the Tennessee State Capitol, which is largely unchanged from how it was in the 1850s when it was first built. You can find several statues of the state's most important personalities, including those honoring Sgt. Alvin York, President Andrew Johnson, President Andrew Jackson, and Sam Davis. You could also visit the tombs of President James K. Polk and his wife here.

You can also visit two historic distilleries here: The George A. Dickel Distillery allows you to discover the process and history used by the whisky maker. Meanwhile, the Jack Daniel Distillery gives you a glimpse into the history of the country's oldest registered distillery.

Further, drop by Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President. The house is one of the most carefully preserved houses in the city and gives you a chance to learn more about the seventh American president, and life during his time. Or you can go to the Johnny Cash Museum, where you have the most comprehensive and the biggest collection of memorabilia and artifacts related to Johnny Cash worldwide. From graphics to interactive exhibits, from costumes to personal letters, from artwork to instruments, you can find it all here.

If you want more, check out the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, where you could find tributes to the greatest artists and musicians from all genres and using all instruments. Some of the inductees include Keith Richards, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barbara Mandrell, Chet Atkins, and Kid Rock, among others.

National historic sites. Nashville has 153 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, so you could design your own tours if you want to. For instance, you could check out the architectures of several historic homes in the register, such as:

  • Dr. Richard and Mrs. Margaret Martin House
  • Hall Harding McCampbell House
  • John Geist and Sons Blacksmith Shop and House
  • McGavock Gatewood Webb House
  • Weakley Truett Clark House

Or you have the historic churches that you can visit such as Capers C.M.E. Church, Christ Church, Church of the Assumption, Elm Street Methodist Church, First Baptist Church East Nashville, First Presbyterian Church, Holy Trinity Church, Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ, Primitive Baptist Church, St. Ann's Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church and Rectory, and Third Baptist Church.

Because Nashville has a lot of universities, and there are also a lot of sites that are located in colleges and Universities as well, such as the Gymnasium, Mechanical Engineering Hall, and Alumni Memorial Hall at Vanderbilt University. Then you have the schools: St. Cecilia Academy, Hulda Margaret Lyttle Hall of Meharry Medical College, Peabody College for Teachers, Cameron School, East Nashville High and Junior High Schools, Fall School, Hume-Fogg High School, Oglesby School, Pearl High School, and West End High School. You also have the Fisk University Historic District, American Baptist Theological Seminary Historic District, Scarritt College Historic District, and the Tennessee State University Historic District.

Speaking of historic districts, you might want to check out others here where you can have a smorgasbord of historic sites that are near each other. Some of the notable historic districts here include:

  • Belmont Hillsboro Historic District
  • Hillsboro West End Historic District
  • Municipal Public Works Garage Industrial District
  • Omohundro Water Filtration Complex District
  • Woodland in Waverly Historic District

Then you have the historic cemeteries here such as Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville National Cemetery, and Temple Cemetery and farms such as Devon Farm and Dozier Farm. You also have historic government buildings such as the Davidson County Courthouse, the Federal Office Building, the US Post Office, Tennessee State Capitol, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Tennessee State Office Building, and Tennessee Supreme Court Building. Then visit the historic bridges, Shelby Street Bridge and Lebanon Road Stone Arch Bridge. Further, there are the historic hotels: Hermitage Hotel, James Robertson Hotel, Noel Hotel, and Utopia Hotel. Then you have the commercial sites such as the Tennessee Manufacturing Company, Acme Farm Supply Building, Bennie Dillon Building, Bush Herbert Building, Castner Knott Building, Morris Memorial Building, Rich Schwartz Building, Young Women's Christian Association Building, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Marathon Motor Works, and Southern Methodist Publishing House, among others.

Other historic sites you can go to include:

  • Brick Church Mound and Village Site
  • James Geddes Engine Company No. 6
  • Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged
  • Nashville Christian Institute Gymnasium
  • Nashville Union Station and Trainshed

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Nashville, Parks & Outdoor Activities

The city's Board of Parks and Recreation manages around 10,200 acres of land and close to 100 parks. As you could imagine there are simply a lot of open spaces to choose from here. Some of the best parks include Warner Parks with 2,684 acres of space that features a learning center, scenic roads, 10 miles of horse trails, and 12 miles of walking trails. This is where you the Iroquois Steeplechase is held yearly. You also have the Centennial Park, which has 132 acres of space. The park offers free Wi-Fi internet access, and features a recreation center, Lake Watauga and a Parthenon replica, as well as a walking trail that extends for a mile, a sunken garden, events theater, band shell, sand volleyball courts, exercise trail and dog park.

Further, you have Shelby Park. Covering more than 300 acres of space along the Cumberland River, the park features great views of the river, bird watching opportunities, ball fields, a dog park, and golf courses. It also has Sevier Lake, which is a great fishing spot, and there is a boat launch ramp here as well.

If you have kids, then there is nowhere else you should take them other than Cumberland Park. The park gives you a great play space for kids and the entire family, with play and water structures covering its 6.5 acres of space. Play features include the Hollow, which is a play and nature area where the kids can play in the sand, or go inside the green maze, among other activities. Then you have the Scoops where you get sprayed with mists while traversing on stepping stones, while the Explorer Trail takes them through meadows and groves where they could see a variety of butterflies. Then the park has the Gorge, which is a stone climbing wall. The park also has an outdoor amphitheater that accommodates 1,200 people.

Ezell Park is where you would find the soccer complex where the Nashville Metros play their games.

Then you have Two Rivers Park that is home to a variety of recreational facilities. There is Wave Country where you have wave pools, the Two Rivers Golf Course, a skate park, a disc golf course, picnic facilities and the Stones River Greenway where you could bike or hike.

You also have Percy Priest Lake and Old Hickory Lake, which are both maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Both lakes are prime spots for water skiing, boating, sailing and fishing.

A sampling of other parks you can go to include:

  • Alvin G. Beaman Park
  • Cecil Rhea Crawford Park
  • Clinton B. Fisk Park
  • Flora Wilson Community Park
  • Louise and Rebecca Dudley Park

Zoos & Aquariums

Nashville, Zoos & Aquariums

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a zoo as well as a historic plantation farmhouse. It occupies 200 acres of land and has several exhibits such as the Bamboo Trail, Gibbon Island, Kangaroo Kickabout, the Elephant Savanna, Flamingo Lagoon, and the Unseen New World. It also features a Jungle Gym, the biggest playground in the United States that was built by the community. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Nashville Zoo is also hard at work when it comes to animal research and conservation.

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