Nashville Tourism

Nashville is the largest city in Tennessee and is the third largest city in the South-eastern United States. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a centre for the music, healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries. It is home to numerous colleges and universities.

The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Over mountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nash borough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. In 1806, Nashville was merged as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.

The downtown area of Nashville features an assorted assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural tourist and sightseeing attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas feature entertainment venues, night clubs and restaurants. North of Broadway lie Nashville's central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill and the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall. Cultural and architectural attractions can be found throughout the city. As the home of country music, Nashville has become a major music recording and production centre. All of the Big Four record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area.

Much of the city's cultural life has revolved around its large university community.

Popular sightseeing destinations include Fort Nashborough and Fort Negley, the former being a reconstruction of the original settlement, the latter being a semi-restored Civil War battle fort. Go to the Tennessee State Museum and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. The Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation, while The Hermitage is one of the older presidential homes open to the public.

Essential travel information and Nashville tips for your visit

  • Challenge yourself and eat at different venues.
  • Beware of the homeless, though most are harmless.
  • Lock your car after you park.
  • Check out if the venue is child friendly or stroller friendly before you go there.
  • Go to the various museums or visit a show.
  • Be careful of drug peddlers.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Nashville

  • Save 4% Discover Nashville
    Discover Nashville405 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins

    Come along for an exciting 3.5 hour tour of Nashville, Music City USA! Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the best and most...

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  • Save 4% Nashville Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson
    Nashville Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the General Jackson259 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Board one of the countrys largest paddle-wheel boats for a spectacular lunch or dinner cruise down Nashvilles Cumberland Rive...

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  • Save 4% Nashville Homes of the Stars Tour
    Nashville Homes of the Stars Tour146 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    It's not just Hollywood where you can see the stars' homes - Nashvillle also has its fair share! On this three-hour sightseei...

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  • Save 4% Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents
    Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents254 Reviews

    Duration: 7 Hrs

    See the Souths deep history first-hand on this historic tour of Tennessee, departing from Nashville by charter bus. On this g...

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  • Know the pollution level of Nashville before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 33.57 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 48.15 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.72 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 40 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 32.76 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.53 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 31.9 (Low)
  • How safe is Nashville for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Nashville.

    • Burglary and Theft 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 42.42 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 52.27 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 42.19 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 30.3 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.48 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.64 (Low)
    • Drug offense 61.36 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 76.52 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 42.42 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.7 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 22.73 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Nashville is 178.77 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 52.98 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 83.02 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 40.64 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 36.67 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.4 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 60.3 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.92 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 139.19 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Nashville

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.06 USD

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