Nashville, Tennessee – Great American Road Trip

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Nashville, Tennessee

Our fourth stop on our Great American Road Trip was in Nashville Tennessee. On every road trip, you have to make certain choices. Our trip to Nashville on the Great American Road Trip was a quick one because of all the time we spent in Memphis. We had time for some BBQ, some music, and a presidential homestead.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Live Music

It wouldn’t seem right to go to Nashville without seeing some live music. But we did not go see something at one of the better-known venues like the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland, or the Ryman Auditorium. We instead found that Lyle Lovett was in town that night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Surprisingly, we were able to get tickets for the evening’s show, even if it did mean we sat behind the band on stage.

While we waited for the show we took our own self-guided walking tour of downtown Nashville. We took the bridge over the Cumberland River to the other side from downtown to Nissan Stadium, the home of the Tennessee Titans.

Nissan Stadium, Home of the Tennessee Titans

We walked down to Printer’s Alley which is pretty quiet in the day time but the home for a number of bars and clubs with live music at night.

Printer's Alley Nashville

We tried to visit the Big Bang Piano Bar which Geoff Smith mentioned on the episode of Amateur Traveler on Nashville. If you don’t recognize Geoff’s name, fans of the Amateur Traveler podcast will have heard his music as he wrote the Amateur Traveler theme song.

Andrew Jackson's estate The Hermitage

The Hermitage

A highlight of our visit to Nashville was a visit to Andrew Jackson’s estate The Hermitage. On a road trip where we visited a number of civil rights sites and museums, it was strange to visit the home of one of America’s slaveholding presidents.

The Hermitage is maintained by a private foundation. The house and grounds are an easy drive from Nashville in the Tennessee countryside. We toured the house where knowledgeable docents filled us in on the history of Old Hickory. I would not say I am a big fan of Jackson’s politics or temperament, but he is a fascinating and interesting president and a visit to the Hermitage is a must for history buffs.

Jackson would, we are told, liberally entertain travelers and strangers so one wonders if he would be pleased that his home is still open for travelers today.

Andrew Jackson's tomb

Jackson’s tomb is on the grounds in the gardens. Jackson was apparently more proud of being the hero of the Battle of New Orleans than of being the president of the United States as the inscription on his tomb is simply “General Andrew Jackson, March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845”.

Next Time

I would like to visit the Grand Old Opry next time I am in Nashville as my daughter’s discovery of country music has rubbed off some on me. But I would also like to visit the full-scale replica of the Parthenon which is located in Nashville.

I also did like the suggestion in the comments of the dinner cruise on the General Jackson Showboat.

Nashville's Parthanon


We stayed at the Radisson Blu by the airport during our stay. There are numerous hotels downtown if you want to stay instead in the heart of the city. Hotels in Nashville.

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Great American Road Trip

Our home team was playing baseball in Kansas City. One week later we needed to be in Cincinnati for a wedding. It could only mean one thing: Road Trip!


Travel to Nashville, Tennessee – Episode 173

Our Route

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

7 Responses to “Nashville, Tennessee – Great American Road Trip”



Nashville is a great place. The Parthenon park is a great place to get outside in the Spring and Fall. On a number of business trip to Nashville I stayed downtown about 2 miles from that park and would make it the turn around point on my daily runs. I also recommend a dinner cruise on the General Jackson Showboat ( My wife and I loved it.



I want to get back when I have more time to explore.



BBQ, music and presidents. @AmateurTraveler lists what to do in Music City: #madeintn

Roy McPherson


Hello! My name is Roy. I think I saw one of your photos (Andrew Jackson’s tomb) in Cheddar’s Restaurant in Cool Springs. That is close to Nashville. I was wondering if you sell any of your prints. I also like the photo of the Parthenon in Nashville that that is on your site.
Hope to hear from you.



I think that may be another Chris Christensen. I don’t think I have any photos in Cheddar’s Restaurant… or at least not to my knowledge. But sure, you can order prints of any of my photos that are on I don’t have one of the Parthenon though.



Love all your podcasts … and pictures. We are headed for Nashville this weekend. Thanks for the good info!



Have fun Elizabeth!

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