Retreat from Nashville’s bustling street life with a stroll through Cheekwood Botanical Garden, 50-plus acres of flora and foliage crowned by an expansive art museum. The Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, along which contemporary works by acclaimed artists harmonize with the woodland setting, helps bridge the museum and gardens together. Admire the striking Music City Center, before touring the Country Music Hall of Fame, then catch a performance at the venerable Ryman Auditorium. Home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, it remains a world-renowned venue for performers across all genres.
Built in 1799 and owned by prominent judge and Memphis founder John Overton, Travellers Rest provides a glimpse into Middle Tennessee’s history, including the Battle of Nashville during the Civil War. Tour the Hermitage, onetime residence of President Andrew Jackson, for an inside look at the fascinating life of the man dubbed “Old Hickory.” The Belmont University campus is home to the Belmont Mansion, a historic house museum whose collections of fine and decorative art complement the elaborate Italianate architecture.