Nashville might be known as the Music City and the Country Music Capital of the World, but there is so much more to this beautiful Tennessean city than just the studios and live music around every corner. During the Southeast Eclipse Tour road trip in 2017 I spent a few days in Nashville exploring this vibrant city and discovering what there was to do. Here are 20 of my favorite travel photos from my first, brief stay in Nashville, Tennessee.
The biggest surprise in Nashville was finding the Parthenon, a life size recreation of the Greek temple to the goddess Athena.
Locals love the Parthenon just as much as the tourists, and they flock here on warm summer days just to hang out for awhile.
The original Parthenon was constructed of granite, but that was too expensive for this recreation. Instead this one in Nashville was built of concrete.
If you pay the small admission and tour the art gallery on the first floor of the Parthenon you’ll come upstairs to see this. She’s about 40′ tall.
The Parthenon was built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Today the grounds of that exposition is Centennial Park was a large lake and nice walking trails.
These are the remains of columns at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
The WWII Memorial at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
The Nashville Farmers’ Market has an indoor courtyard with gift shops, eateries, and this locally-owned winery.
This aww-some moment is brought to you by a man who bought flowers at the Nashville Farmers’ Market for his unsuspecting wife.
The Nashville Farmers’ Market has fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, clothing, jewelry, and artwork from local vendors.
The Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge is a great way to view the downtown cityscape and nearby Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.
Hop into just about any restaurant along Broadway and you’ll find live music from hopeful musicians.
The Johnny Cash Museum is just one of the museums dedicated to music history and heritage in Nashville.
Broadway is characterized by small, old buildings reminiscent of small town main streets with towering high rises in the background.
Pedal-powered bars on wheels are a thing now in Nashville and people are drinking it up.
Would you believe this gorgeous courtyard is at the heart of the Nashville Public Library?
The Nashville Public Library is just as much a local attraction as it is a massive book rental store.
The Nashville skyline. The locals joke about the AT&T Building (right) also serving as the Eye of Sauron.
The view of the Nashville cityscape from the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge about twenty minutes after sunset.
My last night in Nashville I was treated to this rather amazing sunset from my view on the Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.