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Broadway Honky Tonks, Local History & State Parks in Nashville, Tennessee

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I’m really excited to interview Erin Pennington of XPLR Nash about Nashville, Tennessee. Erin’s tips for the best things to do in Nashville are awesome because he and his business partner produce a daily podcast on the city and regular videos highlighting the best that it has to offer.

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Don’t miss out on the awesome 4th of July fireworks.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is one of the hottest cities in the United States. Local people mention that the population is growing by 100 people per day! And, once you visit, you’ll quickly understand why people who love music (whether to play or just listen) are so in love with Nashville.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Music City Nashville, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. When we visited for the first time, we saved over 50% with the Nashville Total Access Pass on some of the most popular attractions.

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Getting around Nashville

The local airport is Nashville International Airport (BNA), which is only a 15-minute drive to downtown.

Erin says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.

To explore many of the other attractions and restaurants around Nashville, having a car is helpful. If you need to rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

If you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Fall Creek Falls state park

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Erin Pennington about Nashville, Tennessee. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Green dots = best things to do in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Nashville, Tennessee

Who is Erin Pennington?

Erin Pennington works in the television and broadcast industry in Nashville. When he moved here, he quickly realized that there was more to the city than just entertainment and music. It is a unique city unlike anywhere else. Erin also loves that there are so many great state parks – like Fall Creek Falls, Cummins Falls, and Fort Negley – that are within a short driving distance.

As he began to explore the city, Erin partnered with Stuart Deming to create XPLR Nash. They host the Nashville Daily podcast called where they interview local thought leaders on the latest news and trends. Erin and Stuart also create amazing videos highlighting the best of Nashville at XPLR Nash.

Erin Pennington headshot

Here are a few videos by Erin that you can watch to learn more about Nashville:

You can connect with Erin on his website and on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Cornelia Fort Airpark

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Scenery along the Natchez Trace

Stay tuned for our next episode

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Timothy and me at the Coccoloba restaurant at Kimpton Seafire in Grand Cayman

Listen to the next episode when we celebrate 100 episodes. I’ll be doing an interview with my 9-year-old son, Timothy, as we talk about the places that we’ve traveled together while Mom and sister stayed home. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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Related episodes

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