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DonelsonNashville

Learn about the origins of country music in the nostalgic bars and museums of Music Valley and navigate the indoor canals of a remarkable hotel.

Donelson is a trendy hub of artists and musicians, brimming with eclectic restaurants and cafés. Independent boutiques and markets stand beside quirky museums and bars with live music, while a golf course and water park use the leafy terrain at its core. Explore the quaint historic center and bucolic greenery on your visit to Donelson to experience the highlights of this village.

For a sense of the retro culture, head to Cooter’s Place, outside which stand a tow truck and bright orange car from the iconic television series The Dukes of Hazzard. Venture inside and find yourself in a world mirroring the comedy series from the 1980s. You may even meet the museum and storeowner Ben Jones, who played a sidekick on the show.

Next door is the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store. Check out the memorabilia, costumes and former belongings of the famous singer and his fellow county music stars.

To experience the region’s famous country music for yourself, walk south through the Music Valley to the iconic Grand Ole Opry, whose stage is graced by a mix of the genre’s legends and contemporary artists.

A little south, the village opens into vast green grounds. Play a few rounds at the Two Rivers Golf Course and admire the Italianate façade of the Two Rivers Mansion. Kids will enjoy splashing around in the Wave Country pool. Nearby, meander along the waterways of the indoor gardens of Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Arrive at Nashville International Airport at the southern end of the village. If you’re already in the city center, drive east for about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to get to Donelson. You can also travel by commuter train to the Donelson railway station.

While here, make sure to see other nearby districts such as South Nashville, Hermitage and East Nashville.

Donelson is a nostalgic haven, taking visitors back through television of the 1980s and the development of country music.


Popular places to visit in Donelson

Grand Ole Opry
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Grand Ole Opry

4.5/5(2,680 reviews)

The pride and joy of Nashville residents and hallowed ground for country music fans the world over.

Opryland Hotel Gardens
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Opryland Hotel Gardens

4.5/5(832 reviews)

Go on a pleasant boat ride around a maze of canals. Crawl through the Learning Log for exhibits in these large and spectacular indoor gardens. 

Cooter's Place
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Cooter's Place

4/5(200 reviews)

Fans of The Dukes of Hazzard can get a real-life glimpse of the various props and costumes that graced U.S. television screens in the 1980s.

Grand Ole Opry Museum
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Grand Ole Opry Museum

You can spend an afternoon browsing the exhibits at Grand Ole Opry Museum in Opryland. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Two Rivers Mansion
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Two Rivers Mansion

You can find out about the history of Nashville with a stop at Two Rivers Mansion. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Bridgestone Arena
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Bridgestone Arena

4.5/5(1,641 reviews)

Catch an event at Bridgestone Arena during your trip to Nashville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Donelson

Madame Tussauds Nashville: Celebrity Wax Attraction Tickets
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Madame Tussauds Nashville: Celebrity Wax Attraction Tickets

$19
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Nashville Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
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Nashville Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

$44
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Guided Pub Crawl Tour
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Guided Pub Crawl Tour

$20
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Jack Daniel's Distillery Day Trip
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Jack Daniel's Distillery Day Trip

$119
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour
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Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

$22
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Experience Archery!
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Experience Archery!

$15
Per adult

Top Hotels in Donelson

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
4 out of 5
2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN
The price is $199 per night

Located in Donelson, this spa resort is within a 15-minute walk of Grand Ole Opry Museum, Grand Ole Opry, and Cooter's Place. Opry Mills is 1 mi (1.7 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,380 reviews)

"While the resort itself is beautiful and everything I remembered from my last visit, I was surprised that we were still charged a daily resort fee given there was no house keeping service, towels and TP could be picked up at the front desk or dropped at the room door. Most of the restaurants were ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Club - Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites
Club - Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
2435 Atrium Way, Nashville, TN
The price is $65 per night

Located in Donelson, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Larry Keeton Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Opry Mills and Cooter's Place. Wave Country and Two Rivers ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,702 reviews)

"Toni the desk manager was great! She was a delight to talk to while waiting for our Ubers and she gave us good tips on where to go. The only real disappointment was that the daily manager’s receptions were canceled due to COVID. This wasn’t a huge deal but it would’ve been nice to have. Overall good ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Club - Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites
Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel
Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel
2.5 out of 5
911 Airport Center Drive, Nashville, TN
The price is $76 per night

Located in Donelson, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Larry Keeton Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Two Rivers Golf Course and Lane Motor Museum. Wave Country ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)

"This is a great place to stay, especially for the price! You can tell they are taking extra cleaning precautions for COVID. Beds were comfy, room and bathroom were clean, check in and check out were prompt. However, some of the guests entering and exiting were not wearing masks but we're not stopped ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Best Western Plus Nashville Airport Hotel
Hyatt Place Nashville Airport
Hyatt Place Nashville Airport
3 out of 5
721 Royal Pkwy, Nashville, TN
The price is $84 per night

Located in Donelson, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Larry Keeton Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Two Rivers Golf Course and Lane Motor Museum. Wave Country ...

4.2/5Very Good! (918 reviews)

"Tamika is my girl. She will take care of you. I loved her customer service and help. We were late and she got us to bed quick!! Jesus loves ya lady!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Hyatt Place Nashville Airport
Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland
Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland
3 out of 5
220 Rudy Cir, Nashville, TN
The price is $110 per night

Located in Donelson, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Texas Troubadour Theatre and Cooter's Place. Grand Ole Opry and Opry Mills are also within 2 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

"loved it, nice ,clean and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Hyatt Place Nashville Opryland
Hilton Nashville Airport
Hilton Nashville Airport
3.5 out of 5
2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN
The price is $93 per night

Located in Donelson, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Larry Keeton Theater and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Wave Country. Opry Mills and Nashville Broadway are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (853 reviews)

"Staff is excellent. Free airport shuttle is always a plus."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Hilton Nashville Airport

Other neighborhoods in Nashville

Record store with a little #vintage section.
Christina Blust on trover

Inglewood

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

Inglewood is well-liked for its restaurants, and you can visit sights like Grand Ole Opry and Opry Mills if you have time to explore the area.

Inglewood
Cumberland Park

East Nashville

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

The great bars and great live music are top of the list for many visitors to East Nashville. A stop by Nissan Stadium or Shelby Park might round out your trip.

East Nashville
Opryland which includes interior views

Pennington Bend

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Pennington Bend, Cooter's Place and Willie Nelson and Friends Showcase Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Pennington Bend
Fort Negley Park showing a garden and heritage elements

South Nashville

3/5(53 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the museums and live music in South Nashville. You might want to make time for a stop at Tennessee State Fairgrounds or Lane Motor Museum.

South Nashville
View of Nashville skyline on our way to I-40W.
TnT Travel on trover

Talbot's Corner

3/5(310 area reviews)

Talbot's Corner might not have many top sights, but Nashville Municipal Auditorium and Nissan Stadium are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Talbot's Corner
Downtown Nashville which includes a city, a sunset and boating

Downtown Nashville

4/5Very Good!(5,801 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and great live music are just a few highlights of Downtown Nashville. Make a stop by Ryman Auditorium or Bridgestone Arena while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Nashville

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