Downtown Daily Life, Nashville (Self Guided)

Enjoy a good local beer at the Yazoo Brewing Company and walk down Lower Broadway to the Shelby Street Bridge. Visit the honky-tonk bars, listen to great live music on your way and watch the sunset on one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world!
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Downtown Daily Life Map

Guide Name: Downtown Daily Life
Guide Location: USA » Nashville (See other walking tours in Nashville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: mary
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Yazoo Brewing Company

1) Yazoo Brewing Company

Yazoo Brewing Company, a Nashville, Tennessee brewery, was founded in 2003 by Brewmaster Linus Hall. The brewery was located in what was once the Marathon Motor Works factory building in downtown Nashville, but moved to The Gulch in March, 2010. The new brewery features an expanded taproom with 18 taps and a patio for outdoor seating.

Linus Hall and his wife Lila are both from Mississippi, and moved to Nashville in 1996. Linus had been home brewing since his college days but after years of perfecting his signature ale styles, testing them out on family and friends, he decided to open his own brewery. Hall earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, received a craftbrewing degree from the American Brewers Guild in California and completed an internship at the Brooklyn Brewery in Brooklyn, New York in 2001 under brewmaster Garrett Oliver. He quit a successful engineering job and with a new baby on the way, secured a location, scoured the country for brewing equipment and almost single-handedly built the brewery.

Since opening in 2003 Yazoo brews have become popular beers, favorites of local Nashvillians and sought out by craft brewing loyalists all over the world.

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The Tennessean

2) The Tennessean

The Tennessean is the prime daily newspaper in Nashville. Opened in 1907, its circulation covers about 50 counties in Tennessee and Kentucky. Many famous people have worked for The Tennessean, including former Vice President Al Gore, his wife Tipper Gore and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Halberstam.
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Frist Center for the Visual Arts

3) Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in what used to be the main post office designed by Marr & Holman Architects for the city of Nashville, which had been built in 1933-34 near Union Station, since most mail at that time was moved by train. As the city grew, the need for a more up-to-date main facility was obvious. When a new main post office was built in 1986, the historic old facility became a downtown branch using only a small portion of one floor.

In the early 1990s Thomas F. Frist, Jr., and his family, through the charitable Frist Foundation, took up the task of converting the old post office into an art museum. They implemented an interesting public/private venture between the Frist Foundation, the U.S. Postal Service, and the city of Nashville. The museum opened in April 2001. In 1999 the City of Nashville took ownership of the building from the U.S. Postal Service for the purpose of creating the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. A renovated post office branch was opened in the basement in 1999.

The art center consists of approximately 24,000 square feet (2,200 m2) of gallery space, used to present visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions. As a non-collecting museum, the Frist Center does not have a permanent collection in the truest sense; rather, the museum focuses on creating exhibitions as well securing traveling exhibitions from around the country and the world.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m.

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Hume-Fogg High School

4) Hume-Fogg High School

Hume-Fogg Academic High School is a public magnet high school located in downtown Nashville, teaching grades 9-12. Hume-Fogg's original incarnation, Hume High School, which opened in 1855 on Eighth Avenue (Spruce Street) and Broad, was the first public school in Nashville. In 1875 Fogg High School became the second public school in Nashville. It was built on the same property as Hume High School, facing Broad Street. In 1912, the two merged into Hume-Fogg at the present site at 700 Broadway, a Tudor Revival building.

In the 2004–2005 school year, Hume-Fogg celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary. It was the location for the filming of Taylor Swift's music video for the song "Teardrops on My Guitar" in 2007. In 2008 it became the second Metro school and first magnet school to have lacrosse.

This academic magnet school only offers courses in Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) with the exception of P.E. courses. Hume-Fogg is highly respected academically. Nearly 100 percent of graduates each year go on to four-year colleges, many earning prestigious academic scholarships in the process. Each year, the Hume-Fogg senior class is granted over ten million dollars in cumulative scholarship and grant money from various universities across the United States.

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Lower Broadway

5) Lower Broadway

Lower Broadway is a street that is a focal point of Nashville.

The street runs east and west between Interstate 65 and the west bank of the Cumberland River. Its features include the Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Convention Center and various honky tonk bars, including Robert's Western World and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. The Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are both within one block of this street. Lower Broadway is a particularly crowded place during the annual CMA Music Festival.

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Nashville Riverfront (Music City Star Station)

6) Nashville Riverfront (Music City Star Station)

Nashville Riverfront is a station on Nashville's regional rail line, the Music City Star. It currently serves as the western terminus for the line. The station is located at 108 South 1st Avenue in downtown Nashville near the Shelby Street Bridge. No parking facilities are available at the station, however, connecting bus service is provided via MTA buses. The site of the current station was originally home to a train depot built around 1902. The depot included a passenger station for the Tennessee Central Railway as well as several tracks used for freight service. Passenger service at the original station ended in 1955.

Site excavation for the new station began in 2004, but was delayed for several months due to the discovery of historic artifacts at the site, including the remains of a foundry. Construction of the new station began in August 2005. The design of the new station, which features post and beam architecture, was intended to evoke the feel of an Old World train station. Service at the station began on September 18, 2006.

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Shelby Street Bridge

7) Shelby Street Bridge

The Shelby Street Bridge (sometimes called the Shelby Avenue Bridge) is a truss bridge that spans the Cumberland River in Nashville. It was originally opened on July 5, 1909, and was reopened as a pedestrian bridge on August 3, 2003. The bridge spans 960 m (3,150 ft) and is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.

The bridge was constructed at a cost of about $475,000. It was designed and construction was supervised by Howard M. Jones, the chief office engineer of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway. The original architectural drawings as approved by Jones are archived at the Metro Transportation Offices. After twenty-five years of use, it became apparent that there was something wrong with the concrete on the Sparkman Street Bridge. The worn surfaces of the concrete were chipped away between 1927 and 1930 and replaced with gunite. Thirty years later, repair work had to be done again. The Standard Engineering Company of Albany, New York was hired to repair the weathered bridge. They subcontracted the steel work to the Nashville Bridge Company. In 1998 the Shelby Street Bridge was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places, due mainly to the unique truss design.

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LP Field

8) LP Field

LP Field is a football stadium owned by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. The stadium is the home field of the NFL's Tennessee Titans and the Tennessee State University Tigers. It is also the site of the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, a postseason college football game played each December, and is occasionally used as a venue for soccer matches. The stadium is also used for large concerts such as the CMA Music Festival nightly concerts which take place for four days every June.

LP Field is located on the east bank of the Cumberland River, directly across the river from downtown Nashville. Its seating capacity is 68,798. Its first event was a preseason game between the Titans and the Atlanta Falcons on August 27, 1999. The playing surface of LP Field is Tifsport Bermuda Sod, a natural grass. However, the relatively warm climate of Nashville, combined with the wear and tear of hosting a game nearly every weekend, usually results in a resodding of the area "between the hashes" in late November.

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Walking Tours in Nashville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Nashville

Create Your Own Walk in Nashville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nashville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Music City Landmarks

Music City Landmarks

Due to its legendary sites, Nashville is well-known all over the world as Music City, USA. This is a tour guide of the historic places where many music hits were born, including RCA Studio B on Music Row, the Exit/In club, the Sommet Center and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
City Orientation Walk I

City Orientation Walk I

Nashville, Tennessee, listed among the top 10 Places to Live and Work in the U.S, is the city of epic concert venues and countless music clubs which have largely contributed to its nickname, “Music City, USA”. Adding to the city's appeal further is the number of museums, theaters, art galleries and other cultural sights. Take this orientation walk to discover some of the most popular...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill

A Walk on Tennessee Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is the site of Tennessee legislation. It is a spectacular combination of the past meeting the present, with open-air museums, modern towers, state buildings, bridges, and other attractions. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the heart of Tennessee.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Jewels of African American Education in Nashville

Jewels of African American Education in Nashville

As a part of its great history, Tennessee is proud of its institutions of higher education for African Americans. This sightseeing tour will guide you to Nashville's famous Fisk University and its legendary Jubilee Hall, Tennessee State University and its glorious Gentry Complex. Take this tour to discover some of the most significant pages in American history.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Vanderbilt Neighborhood Walk

Vanderbilt Neighborhood Walk

In this area you will find Vanderbilt University, Peabody College and Belmont University. Visit the neighborhood of National Historic Landmarks and learn about the history of the state's educational system. Enjoy a game with the Vanderbilt Commodores at the university's stadium!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Religious Sites of Nashville

Religious Sites of Nashville

Being at the heart of Tennessee, Nashville features a great number of churches, cathedrals and other places of worship. Take the following walking tour to discover the most beautiful and interesting religious buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Nashville for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Nashville has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Nashville, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.