Last updated on January 19, 2024 by Stefano Ferro, founder of MEL365, following extensive travelling in Nashville

Best 3 itinerary options for 2 days in Nashville

Organizing an itinerary for 2 days in Nashville is tough, there is so much to see and do.

However, plan ahead with maps and walks, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the so many things you can see and do.

In the following sections, you will find three types of itineraries that are perfect for couples, families, or just a weekend with friends.

I am pretty sure that you will fall in love with Nashville and you will plan to return, this time for a longer stay.

Now, let’s get to the juicy stuff

Unique 2 days in Nashville itinerary
Unique 2 days in Nashville itinerary

By the way, are you unsure of where to stay?

Check out my guide to the best areas of Nashville based on your type of trip (family, couples, nightlife, with or without car, etc)

2 days in Nashville – in a nutshell

This map below shows the top places to stay and explore in Nashville.

I would recommend spending most of your time in the downtown area or Music Valley.

However, for a stay of 3 days in Nashville or even longer, you may consider expanding your horizon to a much wider area.

Best areas to stay in Nashville
Best areas to stay and visit in Nashville – – Check the interactive Google Map
  • 2 days in Nashville itinerary for couples: The unmissable Country Music Hall of Fame should be planned on the morning of Day 1, then spend the afternoon exploring North of Broadway. On Day 2, visit the amazing Museum of African American Music in the morning and wonder around the city with a Segway in the afternoon. Read below a detailed morning and afternoon plan, including suggestions for lunch and dinner
  • 2 days in Nashville itinerary with families: Start your Day 1 with a tour at the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame and spend the afternoon in Music Valley for plenty of fun. On Day 2 visit the Adventure Science Center and take a Cart Tour around the city. Read more below for the best family itinerary with all the attractions for kids
  • 2 days in Nashville for friends and fun: Start your fun trip on Day 1 with a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum (promise, this is the only museum in these 3 days 🙂 ). Keep going with a visit to the distilleries of Marathon Village, then party with a tractor and close your day at the iconic Honky Tonk Central. On Day 2 take a Segway Tour, join a pub crawl and close your weekend with a night at Printers Alley. Read more below for a fun 48 hours in Nashville

Here below, I share a Google map with a selection of the best things to do, places to see and experiences to have in Nashville.

Things to do, se and experience in Nashville
Things to do, se and experience in Nashville – Check out the Interactive Google map

2 days in Nashville for couples

Day 1 – Country Music Hall of Fame and North of Broadway

This is the capital of the country music world and what a better way to start your trip with a morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame (book your tickets in advance to avoid the queue)

This is a museum conceptualized in 1960 and built in different stages.

The present building, with a facade that reminds a keyboard, holds today one of the biggest music collections in the world, certainly the biggest for country and folk music.

And once you finish with the museum, spend some time at the Walk of Fame celebrating the biggest music artists.

You can read more about the Walk and the Music Hall of Fame in this post.

Country Music Hall of Fame Tickets

Are you seeking for a casual place to have lunch?

Look no further than Pancho & Lefty’s Cantina, famous for its lovely Mexican cuisine (you have to try the tacos).

On a sunny day, have your food and drinks on the rooftop, very popular during the cocktail hour in the evening

In the afternoon, take a walk in the artsy North of Broadway.

Just two blocks away from Broadway you’ll find yourself at the Arts District.

Visit the Tinney Contemporary Gallery as well as other nearby galleries, including the Rymer Gallery, Chauvet Arts, and the famed O Gallery.

Upon turning left, you will reach the beautiful Legislative Plaza, where you will see the War Memorial Auditorium.

One block down the road, you’ll find the Tennessee State Capitol, built in a typical Greek style over 150 years ago.

Explore the surrounding area for 20-30 minutes, stopping by the Andrew Jackson Statue, the Capitol Steps and the James K. Polk Tomb.

For dinner and a few drinks, stay in North of Broadway, and more specifically in Printers Alley.

Here you will find a good mix of casual and elegant restaurants and live music venues.

Start with a cocktail at the Rooftop Lounge of the Bobby Hotel, then book your dinner at the chic Black Rabbit.

For more information on North of Broadway, you should check out my guide to the best areas to stay and visit in Nashville.

The Parthenon at Centennial Park
The Parthenon at Centennial Park

Day 2 – Museum of African American Music & Segway

Start your day 2 with a morning visit to the National Museum of African American Music (buy your tickets in advance to avoid the queue).

With over 1,400 artifacts, this museum presents the musical genres influenced, developed, or created by African-Americans.

This is one of the best museum of its genre, together with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, New York.

I wrote more extensively about the National Museum of African American Music here

African American Music Museum tickets

After lunch, join this Segway Tour to explore the city in a more comfortable and easy way with a guided tour

You do not want to get too tired, because more live music is awaiting you later in the day.

And, to finish the day in a romantic way, why not enjoying a 15-minutes Sunset/Night Helicopter Tour.

This is the best time of the day to see Nashville with a bird eyes view.

The great thing is that it will not break your budget as the flight comes at good compromising price.

Check price for the Helicopter Tour    Segway Tour

You’ll find a lot of options for dinner and for live music around downtown.

Check out Robert’s Western World if you are looking for a budget-friendly option.

Located on Broadway, this is one of the most iconic music bars, featuring country music, and affordable food and drink prices.

As an alternative, you can have dinner at one of the more sophisticated restaurants around downtown, like the Merchants, and attend a concert at the Music City Center, the Ryman Auditorium, the Tennessee Performance Arts Center or The Station Inn.

Accommodations and experiences for couples:

Above accommodation options are mostly in downtown. You can see here other areas of Nashville where I suggest booking your hotel or Airbnb.

The Nashville Walls Project
The Nashville Walls Project

2 days in Nashville with families

Day 1 – Country Music Hall of Fame & Music Valley

The Country Music Hall of Fame is such an iconic Nashville place to visit that I suggest it to families too.

Part of the museum has been designed in an interactive way, to please also the little ones.

The children’s attention level is on its top in the morning and that is when I suggest planning your visit.

Just a reminder to buy your tickets in advance to skip the line.

Once you leave the museum, have a stroll through the nearby Walk of Fame to discover a few famous names as Keith Urban, Jimi Hendrix or Kings of Leon.

You can read more about the Walk and the Music Hall of Fame in this post.

Plan your lunch at the Assembly Food Hall for the wide variety of choice.

In the afternoon, have a drive (20 minutes) or take a taxi to Music Valley to explore the backstage of the famous Grand Ole Opry.

Then head to the LEGO Store, inside the Opry Mills, to see some of the best Lego constructions.

Finally, make your way to the Grand Old Golf & Go-Karts for a couple of hours of fun playing mini-golf and driving go-karts.

For dinner, head back to the city and ckeck out the Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, an old-style family-friendly restaurant with live music.

Check my extensive description of one day in Nashville for families, for a more detailed version of the above day’s activities.

Country Music Hall of Fame tickets    Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

At the Grand Ole Opry
At the Grand Ole Opry

Day 2 – Adventure Science Center & Cart Tour

Start the second day in the morning with a visit to the Adventure Science Center, just outside the downtown area (for the bus timetable, check out the WeGo website)

Previously known as the Children’s Museum of Nashville, the Adventure Science Center was established on October 31, 1945.

It is housed in the old University of Nashville building.

Sgt. John Ripley Forbes, who was passionate about children and the future, helped to envision this project.

A further expansion of the museum was done in the 1980s.

Among the additional spaces are the Adventure Tower, Space Chase and Sudekum Planetarium.

The Adventure Science Center has several exhibits to enjoy.

There is Body Quest, an interactive activity that teaches you about the human body.

In addition, there is All Aboard For Trains, which traces history from the Mesozoic to the present.

You should try Max Flight: Full Moon Simulator. Here you can take a ride on roller coasters, view interactive movies, and experience flight simulators.

A visit to the Sudekum Planetarium is an excellent way to round out your museum visit.

You can watch laser shows, concerts, and planetarium shows in this state-of-the-art 63-foot dome theater featuring advanced projection technology.

Then, make your way back to downtown for lunch at Mellow Mushroom.

In the afternoon, book a fun Cart Tour that goes through 35 of the most iconic city destinations, including a few hidden gems.

It will be a super-fun experience for the kids and they will learn a lot from the local guide driving the cart.

Sightseeing Cart Tour

Accommodations and experiences for families:

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Nashville style Hot Chicken covered in cayenne pepper sauce
Nashville style Hot Chicken covered in cayenne pepper sauce

Check more photos below of a 2 day in Nashville Itinerary.

2 days in Nashville for friends and fun or a bachelor party

Day 1 – Johnny Cash, Marathon Village and Honky Tonk Central

Start your fun weekend in Nashville with a visit to the Johnny Cash Museum.

Don’t worry, this is the only museum I am going to suggest on this 2-days itinerary, otherwise full of fun activities and a few drinking opportunities.

It’s a really interesting museum though! You can read more on it here.

After the museum, visit Marathon Village (in Watkins Park, just outside of downtown), an area famous for its distilleries and events.

Once there, you can either take a tour of the Jack Daniel’s General Store or simply buy a gift for your loved ones back home

Grab a quick lunch at Southern Engine Deli.

Afterwards, visit the Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery for a tasting adventure.

Stop by the murals, like I Believe in Nashville, along the way to take a few photos.

Once you have finished to explore the Marathon Village, make your way back to downtown to join the biggest City Tractor Party

You will be pulled all around the city aboard a wagon where you can drink and dance.

Surely you will attract the attention of the many tourists in the downtown area.

Finally, to finish the night, head to the famous Honky Tonk Central, on Broadway.

You can’t get it wrong in this place with three bands playing live music on three different floors.

You will not be charged a cover but expect to pay a premium for the drinks, which is quite typical anyway on Broadway.

Expect a big crowd if you are there on a weekend

City Tractor Party

Honky Tonk Central
Honky Tonk Central

Day 2 – Segway, Pub crawl & Printers Alley

After the tough first day, take it easy in the morning and book a Segway City Tour in the early afternoon.

This is the best way to explore Nashville and at the same time have some fun with the driving.

The tour is led by a local guide, a good source of information on what’s happening in the city too.

After the tour, join this All-Inclusive Pub Crawl starting from Printers Alley and continuing through the pubs along Broadway.

This event isn’t just all about drinking (should it be?).

Aside from having included drinks, the tour offers plenty of information about the different visited places as well as the local made beers.

You will also get the opportunity to meet new people on the tour and visit pubs off the beaten path that are less crowded.

For dinner and some late drinks, head to Printers Alley, where you started the pub crawl.

It’s the coolest spot in Nashville for live music and drinks. 

It’s quieter than on Broadway, with a more boutique selection of venues, but still busy to have plenty of fun.

Live music fills the air at Alley Taps all night long.

Check out the Whiskey Shot and compare it with Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery whiskey.

Rooftop Lounge on the Bobby Hotel is another great place to have one or more cocktails.

Bowie’s Nashville has also some cool live music, besides being a great place to eat.

The thing is, you can’t get it wrong, no matter where you go in Printers Alley.

Segway Tour    All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

Accommodations and experiences:

Above accommodation options are mostly in downtown. You can see here other areas of Nashville where I suggest booking your hotel or Airbnb.

Country band playing in Nashville
Country band playing in Nashville

More photos of the 2 days in Nashville Itinerary

Nashville downtown night skyline
Nashville downtown night skyline
The busy downtown of Nashville
The busy downtown of Nashville
The Broadway busy part of Downtown
The Broadway busy part of Downtown
The rooftop at the Luke Bryans 32 Bridge Bar
The rooftop at the Luke Bryans 32 Bridge Bar
Printers Alley in North of Broadway
Printers Alley in North of Broadway
A night at the Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Broadway
A night at the Tootsies Orchid Lounge in Broadway
Time for some live music
Time for some live country music
Time for music in Nashville
Time for music in Nashville
The Second Fiddle music venue
The Second Fiddle music venue
Inside a Nashville bar
Inside a Nashville bar
Acoustic guitar with country blues harmonica ready on stage
Acoustic guitar with country blues harmonica ready on stage
Guitars selection in Nashville
Guitars selection in Nashville
Eating in Nashville
Eating in Nashville
Nashville style hot chicken sandwich
Nashville style hot chicken sandwich
There are plenty of shops selling cowboy boots in Nashville
There are plenty of shops selling cowboy boots in Nashville
Nashville is one of the best place in the country to buy boots
Nashville is one of the best place in the country to buy boots
Marathon Village
Marathon Village
The Johnny Cash Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum
Inside the Country Music Hall of Fame
Inside the Country Music Hall of Fame
Inside the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum
Inside the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum
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