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Nashville Music-Lovers Bucket List

Immerse yourself in Music City. Discover iconic venues, museums and live music for your Nashville Music-Lovers Bucket List.

Discover why Nashville is Music City with our music-lovers bucket list. Below, you'll find Nashville music venues, iconic things to do in Nashville and more. Explore Music Row where many music hits have been and continue to be recorded. Brush up on your music history at Country Music Hall of Fame among thousands of music artifacts. Find these and more with this must-see list in Nashville.

Historic RCA Studio B on Music Row

Historic RCA Studio B on historic Music Row is a must-see in Nashville. Music lovers will be in awe of this storied studio where icons like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded some of their biggest hits and is the birthplace of the “Nashville Sound.” Stepping inside feels like traveling back in time to the golden age of country music, making it an essential stop on any Music City itinerary. The Studio B Experience is a standalone tour through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or can be an add-on to your Hall of Fame ticket. 

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the must see things to do in Nashville. From Hank Williams to Taylor Swift, it's a treasure trove of memorabilia and exhibits showcasing the genre's rich heritage. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just dipping your toes into country music, you'll leave with a newfound appreciation for its impact on American culture. 

Grand Ole Opry

Your Nashville bucket list isn’t complete without a stop at the Grand Ole Opry. Whether attending a show or taking a backstage tour – we recommend both – you can’t go wrong at this iconic Nashville music venue. Catching a live show here is an experience you won't forget with country legends and rising stars sharing the same stage on multiple nights a week. If you want to go behind the scenes, they offer tours where you can explore the backstage magic and learn all about the Opry's storied history.

The Ryman Auditorium

Yet another legendary Nashville music venue is The Ryman Auditorium. Known as the Mother Church of Country Music, it's hosted iconic acts like Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. You can catch unforgettable live performances here, plus backstage tours where you can soak in the venue's rich history and even stand on the same stage where countless icons have stood.

National Museum of African American Music

The National Museum of African American Music in provides a captivating journey through the incredible impact of Black music on American culture. From gospel to hip-hop, it celebrates the diverse genres and influential artists who shaped our musical landscape. You'll walk away with a deeper understanding of how African American music has enriched our lives and inspired generations. It's a must-visit destination for music enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Broadway Historic District

Broadway Historic District is one of the best places to hear live music. And it’s hard not to hear live music when walking past the various honky tonks, bars and music venues – nearly every one has a stage and a performer at all hours. It’s like a non-stop party for music fans. Whether you're sipping on a cold beer, two-stepping with friends, or just soaking in the vibrant atmosphere, it's the perfect place to experience the soul of Music City.

CMA Music Festival

CMA Music Festival in Nashville is one of country music's biggest music festivals. Four days of non-stop music across multiple stages, with performances from the hottest stars in country music along with talented up-and-comers. From intimate acoustic sets to full-blown stadium shows, it's a chance to see your favorite artists up close and discover new ones in the heart of Music City.

With this Nashville music stop bucket list, you can be sure you'll find many must-see things to do in Nashville. Discover these live music stops and more music in Tennessee on our Trip Inspiration page.

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