- Fort Negley – the largest inland stone fort constructed during the Civil War (10 minutes from downtown)
- Lane Motor Museum, 702 Murfreesboro Pike – unique collection of European automobiles, amphibious vehicles, and motorcycles (15 minutes from downtown)
- Fontanel Mansion – former home of country music star Barbara Mandrell (20 minutes from downtown)
- Tennessee State Museum, Fifth Avenue and Deaderick Street – traces the state’s history from prehistoric Indian cultures to post-Civil War industrial revolution
- Adventure Science Center, 800 Fort Negley Boulevard – interactive, educational children’s facility
- Hillsboro (21st Avenue South) and Green Hills (intersection of Hillsboro Pike and Abbot Martin Road) – eclectic and revitalized neighborhoods with numerous boutique and antique shops
- Selected Live Music Venues (rock 'n' roll, country, blues, jazz):
- Bluebird Café, 4101 Hillsboro Road
- Mercy Lounge, Cannery Row #102
- Station Inn, 402 12th Avenue South
- Douglas Corner, 2106 8th Avenue South #A
- Tin Roof, 1515 Demonbreun Street
- Exit/In, 2208 Elliston (non-smoking)
If you need additional information about tours or scheduled performances at theaters, stop by the new Nashville Visitor Information Center, 501 Broadway.
Editor’s Note: This article follows up author Beverly Burmeier’s Road Trips article from Spring 2011 Drive, Nashville – More Than Music.