Resort Walking Guide: Downtown Nashville

Big city vibes meet small town charm in Music City, U.S.A. Hailed as the “Athens of the South,” Nashville, Tennessee, has all the fixin’s of a foodie and music lover’s paradise. Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - Nashville puts you right in the heart of downtown Nashville, where the party never stops. Discover ten of the city’s top attractions and restaurants all within a 10-minute walk of your resort, plus a few must-sees that are definitely worth the extra walk (a half-mile walk is estimated to take 10 minutes).

Explore: Top Nearby Attractions

1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (3-minute walk)
Visit one of the world’s most extensive musical collections at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, featuring more than two million artifacts of country music legends, including original recordings, costumes, musical instruments, rare footage, and more.

2. Walk of Fame Park (8-minute walk)
Stroll the city’s iconic landmark celebrating the Nashville stars who helped put Music City on the map, from the Fisk Jubilee Singers to Dolly Parton and beyond. Strike a pose with your favorite performer’s glittering plaque or catch an upcoming induction ceremony.

3. National Museum of African American Music (9-minute walk)
Discover the roots of blues, jazz, spirituals, and more through timelines of African American history at this museum. Take a self-guided tour of immersive state-of-the-art exhibits that showcase the evolution of over 50 music genres and celebrate the musical influence and innovation of African Americans.

4. Johnny Cash Museum (10-minute walk)
Retrace the legacy of the Man in Black at the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia. Recharge with coffee and a bite at the museum’s cafe or pop next door for authentic barbecue and live music at Johnny Cash’s Bar & BBQ.

Worth the Walk: Ryman Auditorium (12-minute walk)
Get your backstage pass to the star-studded exhibits of the Grand Ole Opry’s former home. Ryman’s historic stage has played host to legendary musical talent since the 1920s and still maintains its reputation as the Carnegie of the South today.

Play: Nearby Nashville Honky-Tonks

5. Honky Tonk Highway (9-minute walk)
Slip on your boots and scoot down Lower Broadway where four blocks of honky tonks pour out live music and cold drinks from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., no cover charge. From historic saloons and rooftop bars to gastropubs and legendary lounges, you never know who you’ll catch on stage. Could be Nashville’s next big star.

Worth the Walk: Wildhorse Saloon (14-minute walk)
Swing by Nashville’s premier country-western dance venue and downtown’s largest dance floor at Wildhorse Saloon. Enjoy Southern food, world-class musical acts, and complimentary line-dancing lessons. You’ll be a two-stepping pro in no time.

Eat & Drink: Nearby Nashville Restaurants

6. Yee-Haw Brewing Co. (2-minute walk)
Craft brews, moonshine cocktails, and live music are just a two-minute stroll. Downtown’s vibrant Yee-Haw Brewing Co. boasts Nashville's largest indoor TV screen for epic sports viewing parties, a beer garden complete with lawn games, and a distillery and tasting room.

7. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (3-minute walk)
You won’t have to go far to experience Nashville’s famous low-and-slow cooked barbecue. Martin’s serves up authentic homestyle cooking made daily from scratch in an industrial chic atmosphere that blends urban flair and Southern hospitality.

8. The Diner Nashville (8-minute walk)
This exclusive six-story restaurant offers a unique, chef-inspired menu for every floor, from upscale fare to Southern classics. So, whether you’re in the mood for steak, sushi, or hot chicken and waffles, The Diner has you covered.

9. Margaritaville Restaurant Nashville (10-minute walk)
For a taste of paradise in the city, indulge in a slice of key lime pie or some crispy coconut shrimp at the Margaritaville Restaurant. Sip margaritas while serenaded by live music every night of the week.

Worth the Walk: Party Fowl (12-minute walk)
Party Fowl takes Southern fried chicken to the next level with an entire menu dedicated to creative spins on the Nashville original, Hot Chicken. With heat levels from mild to wild, send your taste buds on a Music City adventure with creative concoctions like Hot Chicken and Beignets and Hot Chicken Quesadilla.

Shop: Nearby Boutiques & Markets

10. Fifth + Broadway (10-minute walk)
At Fifth + Broadway, browse high-end shops and local boutiques at downtown’s pedestrian-friendly destination for Nashville-centric retail and eateries. Find the perfect city souvenir at the Music City Shop or The Nash Collection. Embrace the Nashville spirit at Ariat with a pair of luxury western boots.

Worth the Walk: Old Town Trolley Tours (12-minute walk)
Book a 1-Day Trolley Tour for unlimited hop-on and hop-off service to and from 14 stops, including the Nashville Farmers Market. Support local artisans and farmers while enjoying fresh produce, farm-to-table restaurants, and craft shops.

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