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Lower Broadway Downtown Historic District in Nashville, TN

Broadway Nashville, TN 37201
The following tours visit Lower Broadway Downtown Historic District:
Nashville Ghost Tour Photo
5/13/2024 - 12/31/2024
Take a trip back to the spooky past of Nashville, TN with this exciting Nashville Ghost Tour, a haunted ghost walking tour endeavor.
Nashville Old Town Trolley 2 Day Ticket Photo
5/13/2024 - 8/13/2024
Nashville, TN is an exciting city with an amazing array of things to see and do, and a trolley tour is the perfect way to see it all.
Lower Broadway Downtown Historic District in Nashville, Tennessee, is a magnetic point of interest to remember when planning your vacation.

Widely referred to as the 'Honky Tonk Highway,' this vibrant part of 'Music City' is renowned for its bustling nightlife, lively bars, and soul-stirring live music. Within an easy walk from the Cumberland River's banks in the heart of downtown Nashville, this historic district acts as a euphonic canvas of the city's rich musical heritage and vibrant cultural explosion.

The historical line-up along Lower Broadway tracks back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the district began crystallizing as Nashville's primary commercial trade center. The area was designated a National Register Historic District in 1980. On the hilly strip of Lower Broadway, several century-old buildings now house some of Nashville's iconic Honky Tonks — gritty, no-frills pubs featuring live country music. Here, music wafts from every doorway, blending with the chatters and foot taps of local patrons and tourists.

A whirlwind tour of Lower Broadway would kindle an intoxicating exploration of country music's cradle. One of the most famous landmarks here is Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a globally recognized watering hole where numerous stars like Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson were discovered. Enjoy a live show at the Ryman Auditorium, dubbed the “Mother Church of Country Music,” where you can satiate in the acoustics that have spellbound audiences since 1892.

The Lower Broadway also lavishes visitors with legendary eateries like Nashville's oldest restaurant, Merchants, housed in a 19th-century hotel. The district resonates a symbiotic relationship with music and gastronomy, offering traditional Southern fare, quintessential Nashville hot chicken, and authentic barbecue. If you're lucky, you may catch the bluegrass jam at Robert’s Western World while enjoying a towering fried bologna sandwich.

Visiting Lower Broadway Downtown Historic District in Nashville, Tennessee, is more than just a pop into a historic district; it's an immersive journey into the timeline of American music. Encapsulating the essence of Nashville's yesteryears with the pulsating energy of modern entertainment, music aficionados, history buffs, or gastronomy explorers will find an experience like no other. As day turns into night, and the neon lights color the lively streets, it becomes clear: Lower Broadway is not just a place. It's a phenomenon, a vibe, a toe-tapping, high-energy spectacle that reflects the city's soul. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned traveler, the sirens of honky-tonk music, the warmth of Southern hospitality, and the deep-rooted history are sure to call you home.

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