Music City attracts visitors from around the world for some obvious reasons. Although the partying here is a large attraction for tourists, the city’s culture goes deeper. If you’re planning a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, and need some help planning things to do, explore the following itinerary for a few recommendations.

Start With a Southern Breakfast

Start your Nashville trip with a warm meal. If you want to experience some Southern fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to celebrate your time in the South, go to Biscuit Love Gulch. The name is charming, and the dishes here are equally unforgettable. “East Nasty” is a favorite biscuit dish with a fried boneless chicken thigh. You also can’t go wrong with the biscuit and sausage gravy meal.

Another deceptively simple option for breakfast is the Pancake Pantry. The long lines may tip you off as to what’s in store, and, thankfully, you can check the line length via the Pancake Cam before departing. Waffles, pancakes, eggs, French toast, and hash browns … it’s all good here!

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

See Some Nashville Landmarks

Start your Nashville journey with a trip to one of the city’s many landmarks. A couple must-visit places are the Parthenon and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

In Centennial Park, you’ll find a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon, which has stood in Nashville since 1987. Centennial Park is also home to walking trails and numerous gardens. You’ll also find some American art galleries around the Parthenon.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is another must-visit spot. This facility is one of the world’s largest museums and research centers and features dozens of exhibits celebrating this genre of American music.

Grab a Bite for Lunch

When it’s time for your midday meal, stick with the country theme by visiting Arnold’s Country Kitchen. This establishment specializes in soul food, and the cafeteria-style table creates a casual atmosphere and ensures everyone gets their fill.

A hip option is Butcher & Bee. This restaurant serves up New American fare and is a fantastic place to enjoy a cocktail. You can try many excellent sandwiches for lunch or dinner, but special entrees such as a dry-aged sirloin and braised lamb are also deliciously tempting.

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Aerial View of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

Embark on a Music Adventure

After lunch, take a closer look at some of the many music attractions in the city. The Johnny Cash Museum & Café, for example, is a wonderful way to spend your afternoon. This attraction showcases pictures and memorabilia related to the famous musician. Plus, if you didn’t have lunch yet, you can get something to eat here.

Another great choice is to pay a visit to Jack White’s eclectic music store and venue, Third Man Records. While primarily a record shop, this space presents plenty of fun memorabilia, too. Spend some time in the soundproof vinyl-listening room, and check out the occasional live evening shows in the lounge.

Enjoy an Elegant Southern Dinner

Nashville is as glitzy as Las Vegas and has a nightlife scene that gives Sin City a run for its money. Your nightlife experience starts with a good dinner! Keep it classy but still Southern with a trip to Husk. This restaurant is inside a historic mansion, and the fare more than lives up to the impressive setting. The menu is updated twice daily, so you’ll have to verify the offerings online before departing to see what dishes you can look forward to enjoying.

Alternatively, 5th & Taylor is another impressive upscale option. The open-floor layout is welcoming, as are the smells pouring into the dining area from the nearby kitchen. The menu includes choices such as swordfish and braised veal as well as a selection of salads, soups, and grilled meats.

The Replica of the Athenian Parthenon in Nashville.

Join in the Nashville Nightlife

Remember to pack your dancing shoes — nightlife in Nashville is all about music and dancing. If you want to catch a live country show to commemorate your time here, go to The Nashville Palace. This classic honky-tonk delivers fun nights over live music, dancing, food, and drink. The venue keeps a full calendar with roughly three to five bands performing every night. For a show featuring legendary touring musicians and your favorite world-class artists, get tickets for a night at the Grand Ole Opry before you leave.

Hopefully the list above has you excited to visit Music City. If you feel like stepping out for some time in nature, you’ll find more to do and see at the many scenic national forests and lakes nearby. Regardless of whether you work these spots into your itinerary, you’re in for a treat — Nashville never disappoints.