A Visitor’s Guide to Nashville: Sightseeing, My Favorite Restaurants and the Best Bars in Town.

Honorable Mention Attractions

Stones River National Battlefield (great for history buffs) – This is in Murfreesboro which is about 35 miles southeast of Nashville. This battlefield honors one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. There were 81,000 Union and Confederate troops who fought in this battle, and the outcome changed the direction and fate of the Civil War.

Stones RIver National BattlefieldStones RIver National Battlefield

The Parthenon – who would have thought you could visit a full-scale replica of the Parthenon as it looked in Ancient Greece?  This was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Today, this serves as Nashville’s art museum.

Parthenon in Nashville TennesseeParthenon in Nashville Tennessee

The Hermitage – this historical mansion was the home of President Andrew Jackson. For more information on tours and hours of operation, please check the website link provided.

Nashville Zoo – (an excellent place to take kids of all ages).  This zoo is located on 188 acres and has over 6200 individual animals.

Nashville Zoo Nashville Zoo
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Wine and Whiskey Tasting

Arrington Vineyards – owned by country music artist Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn. They have several award-winning red and white varietal wines. Tasting is available but please check their website for hours, tours and availability. They have a beautiful picnic area and a large lawn which is available on a first come / first serve basis.

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Lawn and Picnic Area at Arrington VineyardsLawn and Picnic Area at Arrington Vineyards
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Nelson Greenbrier Distillery -offers tours and tasting of Tennessee’s Greenbriar Whiskey (Gold Medal winner at the 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition).

Jack Daniels Distillery – located in Lynchburg which is 75 miles south of Nashville.  The drive to Lynchburg is beautiful as you pass through the rolling hills of Shelbyville. These farms and ranches are home to many of the Tennessee Walking Horse breeders. Jack Daniels offers a distillery tour worth a visit. However, I will tell you upfront, Lynchburg has been in a DRY county since Tennessee enacted prohibition laws in 1910.  This means there is NO whiskey tasting at the distillery.