6 Things to do in 24 Hours in Nashville, TN

You don’t need a huge amount of time to have big fun on a trip. In fact, sometimes the quick ones are the best, at least that’s what I found on a whirlwind tour of Nashville, TN. Nashville is an easy four hours from Atlanta and with the change to Central time, you gain an hour going out.

6 Things to do in 24 Hours in Nashville, TN

Bluebird Cafe Songwriters Series
Live music is a must on your trip to Nashville. If you can’t get into the Bluebird Cafe, try the CMA Songwriter’s Series to hear the stories behind the music.

Nashville was such a cool town that before leaving, I was already planning my trip back. You could just spend your 24 hours in a honky tonk listening to music. The acts start playing at 10 am and don’t stop until well after midnight. You definitely want to listen to live music somewhere in your day, but make sure to take in a little of the history and allure of Nashville too. Here are six things to do in 24 hours in Nashville, TN. If you’d rather a themed tour, try our #Nashies Tour of Nashville, where we take you on a tour based on the ABC hit television series Nashville.

Get a Late Breakfast: Our hosts in Music City recommended breakfast at Fido’s and shopping in Hillsboro Village as a great way ease into a day in Nashville. We opted for ice cream at Mike’s Ice Cream and Coffee Bar on our way to a tour of the Ryman Auditorium. It was delicious and at 9 am there isn’t a line. Vacation calories don’t count.

24 Hours in Nashville, TNRecord at the Ryman: Go ahead and spring for the behind the scenes tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium, where you go backstage and see the dressing rooms. My favorite discovery about the Ryman, it was all managed by a woman, who booked all the legendary acts, and the Grand Ole Opry. That may not seem too unorthodox now, but she was able to accomplish this tremendous feat in a southern town before women even had the right to vote! After your tour, record a country song of your own at the Mother Church of Country Music.

Lunch at Jack’s BBQ: Steps from the stage entrance to the Ryman is the back door for Jack’s BBQ. OMG if only I could print that smell, you’d be packing up and heading to Nashville for a pork sandwich right now. Sit on the back porch and you can hear the bands playing at Tootsie’s. Below is a periscope of Jack’s. Stay with it to see the delicious ribs. Oh, so yummy. And hear about the country stars that frequent Jack’s.

RCA Tour Studio B: See the studio where stars like Elvis Pressley, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and more have recorded by taking a tour of RCA’s Studio B. This unassuming cinderblock building may smell a bit musty, but it’s the ‘home of 1000 hits.’ Stand on the X where Elvis recorded “Are You Lonely Tonight.” And maybe get your picture taken with a Roy Orbison guitar.

RCA Studio B Tour, Nashville, TN
Posing outside RCA Studio B with a Roy Orbison guitar. Hard to believe this musty cinderblock building is ‘Home to 1000 hits.”

Stalk a Make Believe Star: The ABC television show Nashville is taped on a soundstage, as well as around Nashville. Although the characters on tv show Nashville are make-believe, their houses are real. We headed to East Nashville in search of Deacon Claybourne’s house, which come to find out is listed on Airbnb for $449 a night. While on our quest, we caught the crew filming in the neighborhood at another house. Rumor has it that house was for the interiors. The Airbnb house was only used for exterior shots.

Fly-Away to the Bluebird Café: This place is tremendous! Located outside of downtown in a non-descript shopping mall, the iconic blue awning would be easily missed, if it weren’t for the line draping into the parking lot. The evening we went they were doing a songwriter’s in the round program. Although I had never heard of the three musicians playing, the music and the stories made for an unforgettable evening. I’ve been hooked on Jason Mizelle ever since.

Getting a seat at the Bluebird can be like securing a mega deal on black Friday. You gotta get their early, wait in line and hope you get one of the few coveted seats in this tiny 100 seat venue, but trust me, it’s worth the wait. If you don’t have the time or patience for the Bluebird, you can always pre-purchase tickets for the CMA Songwriter’s Series. 

Overnight Accommodations for 24 Hours in Nashville, TN

If you decide to stay the night, I’d recommend the Hotel Indigo, Printer’s Alley. We stayed here using IHG Reward Points and found it to be the perfect location, plus a pretty cool boutique hotel.

If you liked this post, check out these other posts related to Nashville:

On Set of the ABC television show Nashville 
Finding Deacon Claybourne: Highlights of an ABC Nashville Tour of Nashville
A #Nashies Tour of Nashville

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Sue Rodman is the mom of 3 boys and publishes Field Trips with Sue, an award winning family travel blog about the Southeast and fun places to visit from the Southeast, covering outings, day trips, weekend getaways and family vacations. Field Trips with Sue is a Nickelodeon Parent’s Pick Winner, a Red Tricycle Best Family Travel Blog and a Parents.com best blog nominee. Sue has been interviewed on Family Travel in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Northside Neighbor, Publix Magazine, and on all three major networks. For four years, Sue produced a Field Trips with Sue travel segment for CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, and has filled in for the host of WXIA Friday Freebies. Sue offers inside information about must-see Atlanta attractions and more in her popular book “100+ Free Things to do in Atlanta.”

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