Nashville Sights and Sounds

Find out what to do and where to hear the music in Music City. Designer Jonathan Savage shares his favorite Nashville sights and sounds
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Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville, TN

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens is beautiful in every season. I love that it has top-notch art exhibitions like Chihuly and William Edmondson, and it’s a great place to stroll and refresh yourself.

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Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, TN

At the Country Music Hall of Fame, you will really connect with the history of the artists that you can’t get anywhere else, and, of course, I love seeing the costumes.

The Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville, TN

The Johnny Cash Museum because, well, he’s the best. It’s so well curated, and the exhibits are engaging.

Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, TN. Photo by JacobH/Getty Images

Nashville is fortunate to have a green space in the heart of the city for locals and visitors that includes a replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park. It’s pretty spectacular, not to mention the statue of Athena in the interior.

You can’t go to Nashville and not go to the world-renowned Bluebird Cafe, located in a nondescript shopping strip. You will hear songwriters sing covers of their greatest hits or the actual artists singing them—you never know, which I think is part of the fun.

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Robert’s Western World, Nashville, TN

Robert’s Western World is the ultimate honky-tonk—this is where most locals go on Broadway to hear music. All kinds of acts play here, and there is always dancing on the bottom level. They make a mean fried bologna sandwich!

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Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN. Photo courtesy of the Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium has some of the finest acoustics around, and there is so much history there—always amazing acts. And don’t just visit for the performances, but also for the tour. After all, it’s the mother church of country music.

Produced by Alice Welsh Doyle

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