Nashville has experienced a lot of change in the past few years. Anyone who visited Music City ten years ago would hardly recognize it today because of all the growth! Even as things change and things come and go, there are a few things in Nashville that just define the city for the lovely people who live here. These things help make the city what it is, and Nashville wouldn’t be the same without them.
1. Five Points Pizza
Consistently voted some of the best pizza in the city, Five Points is the focal point of one of the busiest local spots in the city. Without it, East Nashville would have a pizza-sized hole in the heart of it.
2. The Batman Building
What would the skyline be without the AT&T Building? Who even calls it that? We all know and love this iconic landmark as the Batman building because of its unique towers that help define the cityscape as we know it.
3. The Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird gained a lot of popularity when the show Nashville vaulted it into the national spotlight, but the locals have long known this as one of the best places to see up-and-coming musical talent. They have shows nearly every night, and its absence would be deeply felt.
4. The Natchez Trace
Every city needs an escape. Nashville's most iconic and picturesque escape from the city is the beautiful Natchez Trace. Whether you're going to the famous bridge (pictured here) or all the way to Mississippi, Natchez Trace provides that needed scenic drive right outside the city limits.
Nashville and Tennessee have long been associated with Jack Daniel's famous whiskey, but the state has seen a huge boom in small, craft distillers recently. We even have our own whiskey trail now! And whether we partake or not, whiskey has played a huge part in shaping our identity and city.
6. Friendly Neighbors
You'll be hard-pressed to find any friendlier people than those in Music City. Folks from the West Coast and Northern states often wonder if something's wrong when everyone starts holding doors for them and waving at them as they walk down the street, but nothing's wrong. That's just who we are as Nashvillians.
7. The Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame is a huge tourist attraction, but it's an integral part of our city. The history in these walls is largely the history of Nashville and one of its biggest industries.
8. Edley's Bar-B-Que
Edley's might be relatively new to the Nashville barbecue scene, but it's solidified itself as the most popular barbecue chain in the city (although, Martin's is putting up a good fight). Without our barbecue, are we even Nashville?
9. The Loveless Cafe's Biscuits
The Loveless Cafe is famous for its biscuits and Southern fare. It's located a little ways from the city center, but it encapsulates the small town vibe that much of Nashville evokes so well.
10. The Johnny Cash Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum is a pretty new addition to the city, but it's a must-have for the downtown area. After all, without it, we'd just have another honky tonk. And while honky tonks are fun, we have quite enough as it is.
11. The Nashville Zoo
The zoo is debatably Nashville's most underrated attraction, and it's not just because you can walk through the kangaroo enclosure and pet them. The zoo is the perfect place for families in the summer, as just about any Nashville nanny or stay-at-home mom can attest.
12. The Grand Ole Opry
Another big piece of Nashville's history is the Opry. It really put Nashville on the map as the Music City, and without it, Nashville wouldn't be nearly what it is today.
13. Cowboy Boots
Here's the thing -- you have to have cowboy boots to go to a honky tonk, go line dancing, or go to a country concert. It's basically a requirement.
14. The Ryman
The Mother Church is one of the most coveted stages for any band to play, and it consistently brings in big names from around the world. Between the history and the music now, Nashville would be lost without it.
15. Hot Chicken
If you haven't noticed, Nashville-style hot chicken is sort of having a moment. We've been enjoying its spicy goodness for a long time though, and all true Nashvillians know that a life without true Nashville hot chicken is not the life we would want to choose.