With WordCamp US 2018 on the horizon, there couldn’t be more of a perfect time for deciding what to do when you’re in Nashville (besides WordCamp). We recently visited Nashville with exactly that purpose and put together a guide to exploring the city.
So grab one of the city’s many rent-a-scooters or get your walking boots on, because we’re about to take you on a tour through some of the best sights and sounds Nashville has to offer during WordCamp US.
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Take a Picture With Nashville’s Angel Wings
The Nashville WhatLiftsYou Wings Mural is a staple of the Nashville street art scene. Created by Kelsey Montague, you’ll find both a 20-foot tall set of wings and a smaller pair next door.
While you’re in the area, you can also pick up some morning hydration from the juice bar around the corner.
See the Parthenon Before the Crowds
A truly impressive 1-to-1 replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. At first, the Parthenon seems to stick out like a sore thumb. Once you learn its history though, you realize that it’s actually one of Nashville’s greatest architectural assets.
Built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, you’ll find the entrance to the Parthenon at its base (with a little gift shop). Exploring the inside is like taking a step back in time.
Just make sure your scooter doesn’t run out of battery here: the area is notorious for not having many lying around.
Walk Through the Grounds of Vanderbilt University
One of the most beautiful university campuses in the US, Vanderbilt University is the perfect shortcut from the Parthenon and back into the city downtown proper.
We highly recommend taking it slow and ditching the scooter until you get to the other side. The campus is beautiful, with trees and street lamps reminiscent of a time from before.
Have Lunch at an Authentic Nashville Cafeteria
There’s nothing quite like grabbing a bite to eat at a local eatery, and we’ve got just the spot for you. Arnold’s serves up traditional home-cooked “Meat & 3”, and has been doing so for the past 30 years.
Open Monday – Friday from 10:30 am to 2:45 pm, it’s the perfect spot for lunch either the day before or after WordCamp US. Monday and Friday usually have Roast Beef as the main course, with several vegetable options for the “&3”.
Feel Nostalgic at Third Man Records
Take a step back in time and visit some of your favorite artists at the Third Man Records store. A short scooter ride from Arnold’s, Third Man Records is a great way to wind down after filling up on home-cooked food.
The store features some great memorabilia and a real-life record listening booth at the back of the store. Keep your eyes open for what looks to be a fortune teller machine here too.
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Get Some Work Done at Frothy Monkey
By this point in the day, you’re probably about ready to sit down for a rest. Why not get some work done and enjoy an excellent cup of coffee at the same time?
Only a few blocks away, Frothy Monkey offers the perfect atmosphere for work, kicking back, and relaxing. Head to the back after you’ve gotten your coffee for some long tables to work in a group and a quiet atmosphere. We also recommend trying some of their bagels — if you’ve still got the room after Arnold’s.
Trek Music Studio Row
Take a walk past the music studios of Nashville. From small to large, the city is packed with them. It is, after all, dubbed Music City.
You don’t have to dwell, but standing outside of the recording studios where greats such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Elvis once recorded is a tough feeling to beat.
Experience the Nashville Live Music Scene
Take a walk down the main downtown area of Nashville and it’s hard to miss the live music. Starting in the morning and ending well into the night, every single bar and restaurant you pass will ring with the sounds of a live band or musician. Stop in, have a drink, and soak up the ambiance.
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