4 Reasons why Alberta loves Nashville
Why is Nashville quickly climbing as a top destination for Albertans to visit? For starters, it has some of those things we, as Albertans, hold closest to our hearts.
Great hockey? You know it. Cowboy boots? Check. An amazing live music scene? You better believe it.
So, if you haven’t got enough of your country fix from the Calgary Stampede this summer, or you’re seeking some more Southern cuisine after attending the Taste of Edmonton, you might want to consider visiting Nashville, Tennessee. And with non-stop WestJet flights from Calgary on Sundays and Thursdays, it’s never been easier!
1. For the Music
Rightfully earning its name as “Music City,” Nashville has welcomed both up-and-comers and music legends for years. From Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” to Pitbull ft. Kesha’s “Timber,” chances are one of the songs on your playlist was recoded right here, in the heart of Tennessee.
Must-dos for the music-lover
- Visit the Grand Ole Opry: Dating back to 1928, the Grand Ole Opry has dedicated its stage (television and radio) to country music legends like Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
- Soak-up the live music scene: For those who have been to Nashville, they can all agree — live music is everywhere. Take a stroll along Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway, located on Lower Broadway, and you will find out just what we mean.
- Escape the summer heat inside the Johnny Cash Museum: Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Johnny Cash captivated millions with hits like “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.” Discover more on the story behind the “Man in Black.”
- Learn about legends at the Country Music Hall of Fame: After dipping your toes in a country music history lesson at the Johnny Cash Museum, take it one step further and visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Chartered in 1964, the 350,000 square-foot space is packed with galleries, artifacts and stories that will make your head spin! (In a good way, we promise).
2. For the Sports
Home to the Nashville Predators, Nashville Sounds and Tennessee Titans, Nashville is a one-stop-shop to see your favourite sports played live.
Must-sees for the sports-fanatic:
- Baseball: Trade in your guitar for some peanuts and crackerjacks and watch the Nashville Sounds — a Pacific Coast League (PCL) Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics — step up to bat. View schedule.
- Hockey: Moving on to the Western Conference finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Nashville Predators are facing off against the Anaheim Ducks. If your timing is right, you may just be able to catch a playoff game at Bridgestone Arena. View schedule.
- Football: Planning your vacation to Nashville in late August? Catch a Tennessee Titans pre-season game at Nissan Stadium. View schedule.
- Soccer: For the first time ever, Nashville will host 2 CONCACAF Gold Cup games this summer at Nissan Stadium. The double header will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama, and Martinique vs. Nicaragua. More info.
3. For the Food
From hot chicken to sweet tea and cornbread, Nashville is one of the best places to find some good ol’ Southern eats.
Must-tries for the foodie:
- Sweet Potato Pancakes from the Pancake Pantry: A Nashville gem since the 1960s, visit Pancake Pantry for their Sweet Potato Pancakes. The fluffy batter will help you understand why there’s a lineup wrapping the block to get in on Saturday morning.
- Scratch-made-biscuits from Loveless Cafe: Speaking of line-ups, you will find one here, at Loveless cafe. This Nashville icon is located south of the city on Highway 100, but we guarantee their made-from-scratch biscuits are worth the drive.
- Hot chicken from Prince’s Hot Chicken: You can’t leave Nashville without having a helping (or two) of this local, legendary dish. Considered the “gold standard” for hot chicken, Prince’s Hot Chicken first started serving the heat in 1945.
- Grab a cone from Mike’s Ice Cream: First time trying hot chicken? Looking to cool down? Then look no further! Located right along the hustle and bustle of Broadway, Mike’s Ice Cream not only offers old-fashioned, handmade ice cream, but also classic shakes, malts, and sundaes.
4. For the Shopping
We know you’ll be asking yourself where the time went as you board your flight back home, so be sure to grab yourself a little piece of Nashville before you leave.
Must-visits for the shoppers:
- Nashville Flea Market: Voted the best Flea Market in Tennessee, this market is held only on the fourth weekend of every month at Nashville’s Fairgrounds — so if you are the ultimate bargain-hunter, be sure to schedule your trip accordingly!
- Music City Marketplace: Here you will find an assortment of customized jewelry, homemade gifts, crafts, keepsakes and more. Bring home a little piece of Nashville.
- Boot Country: You can’t visit Nashville without getting a pair of cowboy boots. Famous for their ‘Buy 1 pair get two pairs free’ offer, Boot Country has over 20,000 pairs of boots for you to choose from.
- Goo Goo Shop & Desert Bar: World-famous for their Goo Goo Cluster — the first combination candy bar; made with chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat — their flagship retail store is a must-visit before you fly home. Bring back a box of Goo Goo’s for the whole office, and you might just be next-in-line for that promotion (although we can’t make any guarantees).
Are You Ready to Visit Nashville?
Get ready to head south with our new Vacation Packages! You’ll find the lowest prices on Nashville hotels with our AMA Best Price Guarantee. Need help deciding exactly what to do or see when you get there? Contact one of our AMA travel agents online or by phone at 1-844-771-1522 — they’d be happy to help!