Downtown Nashville Visitor Center

Ring of Fire starts here in downtown Nashville. Stop in for tips and info on area attractions, and hear live performances in the heart of Music City.

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501 Broadway Nashville, TN


More About: Nashville

This mid-sized city draws people from all over the world, eager to stroll the sidewalks of Broadway, duck into the famous honky tonks, and walk in the footsteps of country music'’s greats. This thriving district has something for everyone, from pool halls and pub fare to great meals and family fun; shopping and souvenirs to world-class sporting events. This has truly always been the heart of the city, and right on the banks of the Cumberland River sits Nashville'’s beginning,— the site of the original Fort Nashborough. Led here by James Robertson, this is where the city's first settlers lived. Looking out over the river and behind the fort at the bustling downtown is an interesting reminder of the changes Nashville has seen, from humble fort to modern skyscrapers, pioneers to performers — since the late 1700s.


Ryman Auditorium

Originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle, this 1892 church became an entertainment venue, presenting operas, vaudeville shows and top artists in the early 1900s. The auditorium is best known as the former home of the Grand Ole Opry, which performed here from 1943- 74 before moving to the current Grand Ole Opry House. Stop in to tour the venue and visit the museum and gift shop.

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116 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN


Turn R on Broadway, turn L on 5th Ave N. to pt. 2.


Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Get an intimate look at America'’s music, just blocks from the honky tonks that launched hundreds of country music careers. See one-of-a-kind memorabilia, rare photos and video, traveling exhibits and live performances. Don'’t forget the gift shop and Two Twenty-Two Grille.

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222 5th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203


Driving directions differ due to one-way streets: Go N on 5th Ave. N., turn R on Commerce St. Turn R on 4th Ave. N., go 3 blocks to Demonbreun St., turn R to pt. 3. Note: While parked in downtown, you can also visit pts. 111 & 112 on pg. 27.


Fort Nashborough

Fort Nashborough is temporarily closed to the public for renovations.

The great city of Nashville traces its roots to this site on the banks of the Cumberland River. In 1780, James Robertson and a group of early pioneers established a settlement here called Fort Nashborough. This reconstruction uses the same construction elements as those early forts, built to house the settlers and their families and protect them from Native American attacks. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

170 First Ave. N. Nashville, TN

Turn R on Demonbreun St. Turn L on 1st Ave., go about 3 blocks to pt. 4.

More About: Nashville's State Capitol

Architect William Strickland and politician Samuel Morgan argued throughout the State Capitol’'s nine-year construction. Even today, people report eerie arguments from the northeast corner of the building, where both men are entombed in the walls. The Capitol, Ryman Auditorium, and several other downtown landmarks are featured on Nashville Ghost Tours, offered in the fall. Call 615-884-3999 to learn more.


Tennessee State Capitol

Perched on a high hill in Nashville, this massive 1859 limestone structure is one of the most magnificent public buildings of its time. The governor’'s office is here, along with the Tennessee House and Senate chambers. You'’ll find works of art; murals and frescoes by Thomas Hart Benton; the tomb of President James K. Polk and his wife; and monuments to Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson, Sergeant Alvin York and Sam Davis, the "“Boy Hero of the Confederacy.”"

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600 Charlotte Ave. Nashville, TN


Turn L on Church St., turn R on 5th Ave. N. Turn L on Charlotte Ave. to pt. 5.

More About: U.S. Tobacco Processing Center

You’'ll soon pass Nashville’'s iconic 1920s neon Bruton Snuff sign on the left, now attached to the U.S. Tobacco processing center, a primary destination for the dark-fired tobacco grown along the Ring of Fire Trail.


Bicentennial Mall State Park

As urban Nashville boomed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the ground here was too soft for high-rise construction due to the historic salt lick that had originally attracted the wildlife, Native Americans, trappers and settlers to the area. This park was created in the 1990s to save the one remaining view of the Capitol and to commemorate Tennessee'’s 200th birthday. Visit this 19-acre park, stroll the “Pathway of History” and splash in 31 fountains, all tributes to Tennessee'’s waterways.

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600 James Robertson Pkwy. Nashville, TN


Continue W on Charlotte Ave. Turn R on Rosa L. Parks Blvd./ US-41A to pt. 6.

More About: Bicentennial Mall

On the Bicentennial Mall, you'’ll see a granite map of Tennessee’'s historic “trails,” from Native American paths to modern-day Interstates.


Nashville Farmers Market

Since the early 1800s, the farmers market has been a vital part of Nashville life. Stop in to visit local farmers and produce resellers; grab a bite at one of the Market House restaurants; visit on the weekend and browse the Flea Market. Tourists love the “Nash Trash” comedy tours departing from this spot; hop on the pink bus here.

900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN


Pt. 7 is located beside pt. 6.

More About: Fisk Jubilee Singers

Nearby Fisk University is home to the legendary Fisk Jubilee Singers. The a cappella group dates back to 1871, when they embarked on a singing tour to raise funds for the historic African-American college, established following the Civil War.


Germantown Historic District

This 18-square-block area was Nashville'’s first subdivision, known as the 9th Ward. Some of these buildings date back to the 1830s. The area is home to unique local businesses and beautiful churches, urban charm, a rich sense of history and the legendary Oktoberfest street fair every fall. As you turn right on 5th Avenue, circle the block and return to Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. You'’ll get a feel for the neighborhood, and find great places to eat and drink, including The Cocoa Tree, DrinkHaus, Monell’s, The Mad Platter and Germantown Café.

Nashville, TN

Continue N on Rosa L. Parks Blvd./US-41, turn R on Monroe St. to pt. 8. Between Hume St., Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Jefferson St. & 3rd Ave. N. Turn R on 5th Ave., circle block and return to Rosa L. Parks Blvd.


Fontanel Mansion & Farm

This is a true gem just outside of Nashville. Formerly the 136-acre estate of country star Barbara Mandrell, the 27,000-squarefoot log home is now used for special events. Enjoy over two miles of hiking and biking trails that are free to the public; catch a show at the Woods Amphitheater or dine at the fabulous on-site restaurant. Open Tues.-Sun.

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4225 Whites Creek Pk Whites Creek, TN


Turn R on Rosa L. Parks Blvd./US-41, continue N on US-41 for approx. 10 miles. Turn R on Lloyd Rd., turn L on Whites Creek Pk. to pts. 9 & 10.

More About: CMT’s top-rated Gone Country Show

Fontanel was the location of CMT’s top-rated "Gone Country" show, hosted by John Rich, and was shown in the film "Country Strong," starting Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw.


Cafe Fontanella

A unique and authentic Italian dining experience just a few minutes from downtown Nashville in Whites Creek, TN. The Italian kitchen and wine bar on the property of Fontenl Mansion, is run by Anthony Amico, who also owns the perennially-popular Amico's New York pizza and Italian Restaurant in Nolensville, TN.

4225 Whites Creek Pk. Whites Creek, TN


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