9 things to do in Nashville

Find fortune-tellers, fun boutiques, and a mansion with secret rooms in this offbeat guide to Music City

The Parthenon. | Photo: Creative Commons

Everyone knows that Nashville, Tennessee, is the country music capital of the world. What you might not know is that Music City is also home to some seriously weird must-see stops.

High Class Hillbilly

Don’t let the name fool you—High Class Hillbilly is a curated boutique stuffed to the brim with hand-picked vintage goodies. Looking for the perfect pair of vintage boots? This shop will have them. A hat with personality? You’ll find that, too. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let the owners know, and they’ll be on the lookout for your special request.

The exterior of Cooter's Dukes of Hazzard musem
The Dukes of Hazzard Museum. | Photo: Creative Commons

The Dukes of Hazzard Museum

Fans of the Hazzard Boys will love the Dukes of Hazzard Museum, which has several set vehicles and props from the series on display. The fun gift shop offers rare Dukes of Hazzard collectibles you won’t find anywhere else alongside traditional tourist purchases.

Tip: This is a small museum, so plan to spend an hour or less here.

Legends Gift Shop

Legends Gift Shop is home to a fortune-telling Elvis machine—need we say more? The rest of the store is jam-packed with authentic Nashville-style goodies.

Tip: The store has a very strict no-photo policy, and you can be thrown out if you’re caught, so you might want to skip the snaps.

The Standard at the Smith House

The Standard at the Smith House has been a Nashville staple since 1843, and though it might look like your average mansion, there’s more to this house than appears at first glance. It has the traditional parlor, formal dining room, and courtyard, but it’s hiding quite a bit under the surface. Two trap doors take you to secret rooms and a tunnel under 8th Avenue.

The exterior of Two Old Hippies lit at night
Two Old Hippies. | Photo: Creative Commons

Two Old Hippies

If you’re a fan of the ’60s, specifically the hippie movement, then you’re going to love everything about Two Old Hippies. One part clothing boutique, one part musical instrument shop, and one part interior design store, Two Old Hippies offers a unique experience.

Tip: Two Old Hippies is dog friendly so you don’t have to leave Fido in the car when you visit.

Nashville Farmers’ Market

The Nashville Farmers’ Market might seem like a completely normal attraction to visit, but there’s plenty of quirk to be found here, specifically in the form of the NashTrash Tour, which departs from the market area.

The NashTrash Tour takes guests on a 90-minute ride, featuring a risqué show performed by the Jugg Sisters, who dish up comedy, songs, and country music celebrity gossip. If you want to board the bright pink trash bus, you must get your tickets in advance for this popular attraction.

The front of the Tennessee State Prison
Tennessee State Prison | Photo: Creative Commons

Tennessee State Prison

The Tennessee State Prison opened its doors in 1890, and until 1992, it ran as a fully functioning jail. Each inmate was expected to work 16-hour days while doing time at the jail house. The prison had a very tough reputation and saw countless escapes, riots, fires, and several deaths. Now, you can explore it yourself. Since its closure in 1992, the prison has appeared in movies like The Green MileErnest Goes to Jail, and on an episode of Celebrity Paranormal Project.

Music City Hostel

This cozy hostel offers guests respite from the expensive luxury hotels, and instead offers an inexpensive dorm-style stay, perfect for meeting like-minded travelers.

Tip: Don’t leave home without your guitar—the hostel is known for its impromptu jam sessions.

A full-size replica of the Parthenon temple in Greece, surrounded by greenery
The Parthenon. | Photo: Alexandra Charitan

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is the world’s only full-size replica of the ancient temple in Greece. Inside is a massive sculpture of the goddess of wisdom and learning, Athena. It’s hard to describe just how enormous the Parthenon is until you see it for yourself. You’ll also find an art museum inside.

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