Putting in a full, meaningful day in a town as big as Nashville can be hard to imagine. However, the great thing about the Music City is that many of the city's best attractions and restaurants are within walking distance of one another. You don't even have to rent a car, but can just get a taxi into downtown to enjoy a full-day in Nashville.
Whether you rent a car or simply take a taxi into town, start your day at the capital. It features beautiful architecture and fountains out front that you'll often find kids enjoying during a warm day. It's an iconic image of Nashville and a great starting point.
Next, head downhill through downhills to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. While it's a several blocks to get there, it's all downhills, which makes the walk much easier. Even if you're not a country music fan, it's an entertaining and insightful tour.
Make sure you do the studio row tour first, which takes visitors to the famous Studio B, where the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, U2, Fleetwood Mac, and many others have recorded music. The tour takes visitors back to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can do your own self-guided tour.
It's time for a late lunch, which downtown Nashville offers plenty of. Since the south is known for barbecue, make a visit to Hog Heaven. Nothing more than a hole in the wall, Hog Heaven isn't anything to look at, but features some of the best barbecue in Nashville.
After walking around downtown Nashville, head over to the Grand 'Ole Opry. While the music can vary, it features one of the most iconic venues in the world. Shows typically start around 7 p.m., but you'll want to show up early to get tickets and a good seat.
As a nightcap, end your evening with a filling meal and a couple drinks. With over 70 beers on tap, there's plenty to choose from at Broadway Brewhouse, which is one of the most notable restaurants and bars in Nashville. Broadway Brewhouse features an extensive menu, which offers everything from surf and turf to burritos. I recommend one of their burgers or roasted wings.