If you haven’t been to Nashville yet, you absolutely NEED to go! I have never gone to a city before + instantly felt like it could be home. The people are so welcoming and kind, the food is to die for, + the music scene is unmatched!
I never had Nashville on my bucket list; however, Matt always told me how badly he wanted to go (he dreamt of driving a blue pickup through the countryside like a Nicholas Sparks movie lol). I also had a close friend from college move there + she raved about it as well! So when our two year anniversary began approaching, I decided I would gift him with a surprise trip to Music City!
step one: finding cheap flights!
Flights from California to Tennessee can be crazy expensive. I have an amazing app called Skyscanner that finds the cheapest flights available + also tells you flight price trends. If you don't already have it, download it now! You can also set alerts to notify you when price drops occur. That’s how I found Matt + I two roundtrip tickets for a total of only $500! This is an amazing price given that just one roundtrip ticket can cost that much or more.
TIP: To avoid Matt taking more time off work than necessary, I found as an overnight flight! We drove from Sacramento to San Francisco to take advantage of this cheaper flight deal. Be flexible with your airports.
MY FLIGHT MUST-HAVES
step two: packing!
For me, packing is one of the most stressful parts of traveling! This is especially true when it comes to traveling to a new destination. This was our first time to Nashville, so I did my research heavily on what to pack for a trip like this in June! I found that finding pieces you can layer and take off throughout the day as well as comfy shoes are key.
WHAT I PACKED
step three: planning our itinerary!
I have always loved planning vacation itineraries! It comes very natural to me + I enjoy researching all of the best accommodations, local restaurants, unique bars, Instagram-worthy photo spots, + tourist attractions ahead of time so we don’t miss any of the action! I also thought it would be a fun surprise to have our best friends, Heidi + "Lil" Matt join us! So, I planned all of our reservations + accommodation for four people.
12:45am - 6:30 am : SF to Houston
10:15am - 12:15pm : Houston to Nashville (layovers suck, but they save money!)
12:15pm : Land in Nashville
2:00pm : Check into our adorable AirBNB. Affordable + a quick Uber drive to everything!
2:30pm : Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Takes 2 hours or less to get through
5:00pm : Dinner at Acme Feed & Seed. Amazing rooftop bar overlooking the river, music, + food!
7:30pm : Walk across the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
10:00am : Breakfast at Biscuit Love Hillsboro. Matt + I still DREAM about this place! Best biscuits + customer service!
11:00am : Tour the Belmont Mansion
1:30pm : Lunch at Bartaco
2:30pm : Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
3:00pm : Five Daughters Bakery
3:30pm : Back to AirBNB to relax
DON'T CARE FOR SHOPPING? DURING THE DAY YOU SHOULD GO ON THE...
This tour provides air conditioned transportation from Nashville to Lynchberg, a professional guide, a Southern lunch, + multiple distillery tours. You will still get back in time for dinner! Heidi and "Lil" Matt chose to do this tour while Matt + I spent the day shopping + exploring 12 South. They raveddd about how much fun this tour was + said it was well worth the money spent!
6:00pm : Dinner + bowling at Pinewood Social. Absolutely must make a reservation as this is a popular spot!
9:30am : Family style brunch at Monell’s
11:30am : Parthenon + Centennial Park
1:00pm : What Lifts You Mural
1:30pm : Lunch at Adele’s
3:00pm : LegenDAIRY Milkshake Bar
4:00pm : Grand Ole’ Opry
7:00pm : Dinner at Milk and Honey
10:30am : Breakfast at Geist
12:00pm : Pack, Relax, + Lunch anywhere closely to where you're staying!
2:00pm : Dessert at Baked on 8th
5:00pm : Goodbye Nashville! Flight from Nashville to San Francisco
Did you enjoy my 4 Day Nashville Itinerary?
CLICK THE PICTURE BELOW TO PIN IT!
Thank you so much for reading my blog "How to Spend 4 Days in Nashville!" I hope you enjoyed it + that it makes it easier for you to plan your next trip to Music City!
Have any questions or just want to be friends!? DM me on Instagram HERE!