THE JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM Here, you will find memorabilia, films, notes and letters penned by the legend himself. You even find famous costumes he made during his illustrious musical career. The artifacts are collected from various points of Cash’s life. Including his career in the Air Force, his prison concert tour, and marriage to June Carter. Even if you are not a Johnny Cash fan, the museum should be on your bucket list when you get to Nashville. Some people even claim the museum is better than any other attractions in Nashville. This is definitely a must see while in Nashville!
THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM
If you are coming to enjoy and take in its musical heritage, the Ryman Auditorium is the first stop. Even if the Ryman Auditorium is no longer home to the Grand Ole Opry. It is home to contemporary acts like Hunter Hayes and Earth, Wind, and Fire. Ask for a tour which gets you a behind the scenes look at the fabled music theater. It’s only then you’ll take in the atmosphere and grandness of the Auditorium. The place has hosted history, so make sure you explore the dressing rooms. Where Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan used before they performed.
CHEEKWOOD BOTANICAL GARDENS AND MUSEUM OF ART
If you are an art lover and nature explorer, then this is the place for you! The Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art show life and art at its finest. The Greenhouses, chromatic flower display, and the sculpture trail make the 55-acre marvel a must visit site. It’s a nice distraction from the beehive activity going on downtown. As for the museum art, styled in original Georgian-style made famous by the Cheek Family. It’s one of the largest collections of 19th and 20th Century American art you will ever find.
TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGE
Nashville is the music capital of the world. So why not experience the music first-hand? Many downtown bars give you an authentic atmosphere fused with some of the best musical performances. The downtown bars have a rich history of performances from famous and upcoming artists. You can even hit the upstairs dance floor and let yourself go. The largest crowd usually hangs out near the bar and stage in the downstairs section.
While Nashville is most known for its music, it also goes by the name of the Athens of the South. This is all thanks to the many colleges in the area. To cement this identity, the city constructed the Parthenon, a replica of the one in Athens. The full-scale model houses an extensive collection of art and impressive statue of Athena.