By Radley Balko 

July 25, 2014


A little over four years ago, I moved from Washington, D.C. to Nashville, Tennessee. Since I’ve been here, the city has become something of a darling of the national press, with write-ups fawning over its flourishing restaurant scene, hipster coffee shops, fancy cocktail bars, and of course, an almost embarrassing excess of world-class musical talent. It’s been fun to watch the city grow up.

The city’s rapid change and relatively cheap flights from the East Coast have made Nashville a popular destination for a weekend trip. I get a couple emails per month from friends in other parts of the country asking me what to check out while they’re in town. So rather than writing up a new response each time, I figure I’ll put up a post here, and share it with Washington Post readers as well.

Of course, this is just my own list, tailored to my own tastes and interests. It’s also mostly limited to those things Nashville I’ve personally gotten around to experiencing. So you should of course explore our fine city on your own, too. I’d recommend looking through the online version of the Nashville Scene’s  "Best of Nashville" annual issue for other suggestions.

With that out of the way, I give you “Radley’s Three-Day Guide to Nashville.” My long weekend guide assumes you’ll be flying in on a Thursday night, then leaving on Monday morning. But with a few noted exceptions, the recommendations aren’t specific to any day of the week.


  Hatch Show Print tour Guide Rebecca Sloan and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Guest Relations Specialist Gena Staib address attendees during the Hatch Show Print tour on July 12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

Hatch Show Print tour Guide Rebecca Sloan and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Guest Relations Specialist Gena Staib address attendees during the Hatch Show Print tour on July 12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/for Country Music Hall Of Fame)


Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."


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