From don’t-miss honky-tonks, quirky boutique shopping and the city’s hottest hot chicken, to more than 100 parks, miles of trails and greenways and expansive lakes — get ready to kick up your (cowboy and hiking) boots — the Music City’s got it all.
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One can hardly say Nashville without thinking hot chicken, therefore our first hot spot (pun intended) on the list must be Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, where the fiery phenomenon began over 70 years ago. Prince’s continues to be a crowd favorite among hot chicken lovers, with stiff competition from players like Hattie B’s, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish and Party Fowl, who each put their own spin on the iconic dish.
If off the cuff is your thing, check out Attaboy. There’s no menu at this minimalist speakeasy–style bar in East Nashville, and each drink is personalized based on the flavor profiles you like to imbibe. Another speakeasy you may want to call upon is The Red Phonebooth. Housed in a 100+ year–old building in downtown Nashville, you’ll gain access by entering a secret phone number into a restored antique phone booth that looks transported from London.
It’s not a proper visit to Music City if you don’t catch a show. The Ryman Auditorium is a classic, and is reverently referred to as “the Mother Church of Country Music.” Putting on some of the best shows in the city, we recommend keeping an eye on their lineup of upcoming shows whenever a trip to Nashville is on the horizon.
Just south of the downtown action sits Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, a 55-acre garden and art museum on the historic Cheek estate and open year round. Aim for July, as Chihuly at Cheekwood will feature artwork (some exclusive) in both indoor and outdoor exhibits.