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Bustling and vibrant Nashville is not only the state capital of Tennessee, but it’s also the most populated city in the state. Situated right on the beautiful Cumberland River, Nashville offers an array of attractions for visitors. Planning this trip with the whole family? Be sure to check out the complete guide to planning a fun family vacation to Tennessee. Choosing a season to visit can be challenging, too. When you have plans to enjoy the thriving cultural attractions and hopping nightlife of downtown Nashville, explore the many vacation rentals, Nashville, TN, has to offer. Below, we’ll take a deeper dive into the different downtown neighborhoods, the things you can do downtown Nashville, and where to stay.

Downtown Neighborhoods

Downtown Nashville has a lot in common with the busy central hubs of many major cities. However, Nashville’s downtown has a separate area that’s simply called The District. The District is made up of three smaller neighborhoods: Printers Alley, Second Avenue, and Lower Broadway.

Printers Alley

The undisputed hub for nightlife in Nashville, Printers Alley offers you tons of great bars and restaurants and of course live music. The street was once populated with printers and publishers, converting the speakeasy center of the city during Prohibition. 

Favorite thing to do on Printers Alley: On the first Saturday of every month, join the action on Printers Alley and check out The Printer’s Alley After Crawl for a ton of amazing art and great specials on drinks.

Second Avenue

Explore the amazing buildings on Second Avenue, many of which are historic icons. These Victorian-style buildings now house bars, restaurants, and boutiques. Stroll the sidewalks and do some window shopping. Grab a drink at Dick’s Last Resort, or catch a live show at the iconic Silver Dollar Saloon. 

Favorite thing to do on Second Avenue: Boutiques are abundant in this part of town, so we love to stroll the streets in search of the next bargain. Check out Rocket Fizz while you’re at it, a massive soda pop & candy shop. Try the bacon soda while you’re there. It will blow your mind.

Lower Broadway

Country music fans, unite! Lower Broadway, or Lower Broad to the locals, is the bees knees for honky-tonk bars, old-school record stores, and a slew of other country music fun. Make sure you check out the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Merchants Restaurant. 

Favorite thing to do in Lower Broadway: Take in a little history on your trip and visit the Patsy Cline Museum. You also might enjoy the Johnny Cash Museum, located on the same strip.

Downtown’s Top Attractions

From your digs downtown, you’ll have many things to do that are within an easy walk of your rental. Stroll the streets and discover hidden gems. If you’re not much for strolling, keep reading for our top three picks to ensure a fun time in Music City.

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium offers you an up-close opportunity to learn about Nashville’s extensive musical history. This venue has been in operation for over 130 years! You might catch a concert, but you can also take a tour of this concert hall to explore exhibits. Explore and discover more musical history while checking out all the artifacts and short films the venue has to offer. Get more information about tickets for tours here.

Music City Rollin’ Jamboree

Take a bus tour on the Music City Rollin’ Jamboree to learn about Nashville. Tour the city streets with a couple of crack ups as your hosts. You’ll also enjoy some live music and cocktails along the way. Tickets to this must-see attraction fill up fast. Get yours booked in advance here, and ensure you’ve got a seat for the fun. 

Guided Walking Tours

A walking tour to discover the best drinks and food in the city promises to be an unforgettable excursion. Nashville is among some of the best cities in the country for food. Check out this guide to learn about other great cities for foodies. The tour lasts more than two hours, and you’ll be treated to stories, treats and cocktails along the way.

Looking for more fun to be had in Music City? Check out this guide to some other top attractions and where to stay in the Tennessee capital. 

Where to Stay Downtown

Downtown Nashville has condominiums, apartments, townhomes, studios, and single-family homes for short-term rental. An important benefit of staying right in the downtown area is the ability to step out of your rental and walk virtually anywhere you want to go, whether it’s a bar, restaurant, theater, museum, gallery, or shop. You’ll love immersing yourself in the southern culture of Nashville, which prides itself on a long and illustrious country music history.

The Gulch

Looking for a hotel room for your stay? The Gulch offers brands like W and Thompson for your consideration. There are also a ton of apartments and condos up for grabs in this area. Enjoy one of the most eclectic and fun parts of downtown. Window shop till you drop or bar hop till you flop.

Favorite local spot: Take a load off after all that strolling and sip a tasty craft beer at Hops & Crafts. And yes, the beer is as good as the name! 

Core/Central Business District

If high-end spaces and top-notch amenities are what you seek, find your dream condo or apartment to rent in the Core. This area is packed with fine-dining restaurants and trendy boutiques. It also puts you in the heart of all the action. 

Favorite local spot: Fable is the spot for cocktails and fun in this area. Grab a cheese board and get to work on tasting through the massive cocktail menu!

Hope Gardens

If you’re looking for a neighborhood with actual homes for your vacation rental, look no further than Hope Gardens. This spot is perfect for families looking to enjoy the downtown scene, but getting to bed before anyone turns into a pumpkin. This area also comes with the accolade of being Nashville’s best place to live. 

Favorite local spot: There’s no shortage of great bars and restaurants here, but for the family that needs something a little more kid-friendly, check out the Farmer’s Market. Taste a ton of great food and roam around the many vendors stands in search of that perfect tomato.

Looking for other ideas on where to stay outside of the city? Check out this guide to some day-trip ideas to find out more.

Downtown Nashville Awaits!

Downtown Nashville comes alive for you when you stay in the thick of the action. Situated in a comfortable house or condo, your upcoming vacation will be simply unforgettable. Ready to start planning your trip today? Get over to VacationRenter to find the perfect vacation rental for you and your fellow travelers!