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Nashville Travel: 10 Things To Avoid

Music City is one of the most exciting new stops in travel and tourism, but don’t get caught up in Nashville travel sites that urge you to throw on your cowboy boots and prepare for some down-home country fun. Want to hang out like the locals? This handy list will keep you far from the crowds, lines and “wooo” girls of the NashVegas strip and put you right in the heart of the best Nashville travel has to offer.

Nashville Travel: 10 Things To Avoid

  1. CMA Fest

    I understand this typically is the reason for most travel to Nashville in the summer, but don’t expect to start hobnobbing with Music City’s residents. The overpriced, overcrowded tourist trap that is CMA Fest is reason enough to send Nashville’s finest straight to Bonnaroo for the week. Bye Felicia!

  2. Sweet Tea

    Often considered [or believed to be] the “drink of choice” in the South. The truth is there’s only two options for tea in Nashville: iced tea or Kool-Aid. Because the “sweet tea” served at any restaurant is not a refreshing beverage, it’s tea flavored sugar. Trade it for a Fat Bottom brew, which is just as refreshing and will keep your buzz throughout the day.

  3. Broadway After Dark

    I get it. You’re coming to visit Music City, so a stop on the Broadway strip is a must. But when the lights go down, find comfort in one of the neighboring subdivisions. As the sun sets on Broadway, the streets will fill with drunk fraternity bros and bachelorettes who aren’t going to remember their night in the morning. Avoid them at all cost!

  4. Jeni’s Ice Cream

    It is delicious, but the lines out the door aren’t worth the wait. And let’s not forget that whole Listeria outbreak in 2016, at the peak of their Nashville expansion. Try Mike’s Ice Cream instead.

    Hot-Chicken-Nashville

    photo by JOSEPH WOODLEY

  5. Hot Chicken

    Hot chicken is the official food of Nashville, at least since Hattie B’s made it cool. And it’s good. Real good. But don’t try to show off. Nashville hot chicken is no joke. Depending on the location –it’s on just about every menu in the city — the heat levels are not here to play. If you want to have an enjoyable trip, don’t go for the hottest version. You’ve been warned.

  6. Nissan Stadium on game dayAvoid trying to navigate anywhere near the stadium when the Tennessee Titans take the field. You’ll thank me later.
  7. Pancake Pantry

    Remember that time Pancake Pantry was forced to shut its doors due to health code violations? Yeah, most tourists don’t. But they will lineup down a full city block for some of the most mediocre pancakes in the city. Just because some Nashville travel site told them to.

  8. CMT’s Nashville

    Nashville is nothing like the formerly ABC, now CMT, series Nashville. Cast members Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, or the likeness of their characters, wouldn’t be caught dead in the establishments featured on the series. Charles Esten might though. Shade!

  9. Biscuit Love Brunch

    The Nashville food scene is a funny thing. All it takes is one national press article to skyrocket your business in Music City (ever heard of the aforementioned Hattie B’s?).This one-time biscuit slinging food truck got so much hype from their initial press blitz, people started lining up like it would be the last meal available before a winter blizzard. The food here is fine and you’ll likely enjoy a fresh plate of ‘bonuts,’ but it’s not worth the wait and certainly doesn’t live up to the hype. If it’s brunch you’re after, check out Saint Anejo down the street.

  10. Music Row

    It’s not a tourist destination and you won’t see Carrie Underwood [albeit beautifully] walking down the street to a recording session. It’s two one-way streets lined with small houses that double as recording studios, publishers’ offices, writers’ rooms and labels. And that’s barely there anymore. What was once known as “the row” to entertainment professionals is being overtaken with condos, fitness studios and a Virgin Hotel. Nothing to see here, folks!

Have an upcoming trip to Nashville and need advice? Have something to add to this list of things to avoid when Nashville travel is on the agenda? Start the conversation in comments below and let’s chat!
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Article written by:

Chris Vetrano

From a young age Chris Vetrano was raised as a connoisseur of music, incorporating every sound, note and beat deep into his life. It was clear to everyone that knew him that Chris' destiny was and would always be somewhere in the music industry. When Chris is not working with artists and lifestyle brands or planning high-profile events, he spends his time sharing his favorite new music, food and lifestyle discoveries on his successful blog and web series, Listen! It's Vetrano, which has been recognized by some of music's top performers, including Justin Timberlake, Matt Morris, Neon Trees and Cassadee Pope.

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