The Hermitage was constructed in 1821 for President Andrew Jackson. This Greek Revival mansion now stands as a National Historic Landmark and a preserved window into the president’s home life. Most may be familiar with Andrew Jackson from his role in the War of 1812, his stint as president and his appearance on the $20 bill, but a tour of the 1,000-acre estate provides a more up-close-and-personal look.
Beginning with a radio show in 1920s, the Grand Ole Opry put Nashville on the map as the “Country Music Capital of the World.” Although its venue has changed over the years, it continues to host top country performers during weekly performances. A trip to Nashville isn’t complete without stopping by the Grand Ole Opry House for a tour to look back through the ages.
Music and history lovers can mix and mingle over the exhibits found at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Peruse the plaques dedicated to country music’s finest – from Patsy Cline to Johnny Cash – and walk among artifacts like Jimmie Rodgers’ guitar and Elvis Presley’s solid gold Cadillac limo.
Constructed in 1853 in a breathtaking Greek Revival style, the Belle Meade Plantation is known as the “Queen of the Tennessee Plantations.” At the center of the plantation is the mansion (its columns are peppered with bullet holes from the Civil War), where guides dressed in period costumes offer tours of the mansion’s antebellum-style interior. Located 8 miles outside of Nashville, Belle Meade is open daily.
Art aficionados and nature lovers alike should plan on making a stop at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. With its greenhouses, sculpture trail and chromatic flower display, the 55-acre Botanical Garden offers sanctuary for most visitors. The on-site art museum is housed in the original Georgian-style Cheek family mansion at the heart of the grounds.
Looking for a unique way to tour Nashville? Nash Trash Tours is the funniest, longest and most popular running tour in Nashville. Hop on the big pink bus and let your tour guides dish on the old stories of your favorite polyester, double-knit, sequined country music legends. Tour last around two hours with lots of audience participation.