Before heading to Tennessee, I imagined a few specific things: Southern accents and cowboy hats, live music and “honky-tonking” and a palpable city charm, for some things. And while I definitely found all of those things, it still wasn’t quite what I encountered. Equally a tourist-hoarded destination and local-filled haven, Nashville is Music City, full of surprises and camaraderie, but perfectly its own and a necessary experience.
Known for bachelorettes and hopeful musicians, Nashville is steeped in history but is also an increasingly modern destination. Alongside halls of fame and museums holding relics from the greats of our past stand honky-tonks (the word meaning both a style of country party music and the bars that you’ll hear it in) and Daisy Duke/boot combinations. You’ll never be bored in Nashville, but there are some especially charming parts of your visit I’ll highly (and unexpectedly) recommend.