Nashville is the kind of place where everyone can find something that they enjoy, whether the city is their hometown or they’re from out-of-town. New hotspots open up alongside the city’s hidden gems everyday, and the city has a culture that embraces originality and creativity. With a burgeoning street art scene, you don’t need to go cross-country to see some of the most exciting artists in the country. Nashville is more than just a country hub — it’s a booming town with a lot of life and a high-spirited energy, making it the perfect city to capture unique moments on Instagram.
Top Places in Nashville for the Best Photos
What Lifts You Mural
Located in the #NashvilleGulch area, artist Kelsey Montague painted a large mural of outlined wings. While her #WhatLiftsYou murals are across the United States, the Nashville mural is the largest at over 20 feet tall. Take a closer look at the mural and the messaging is apparent: it’s a positive message of love and friendship—with a bit of Nashville flair. The Gulch neighborhood is also a great spot for more photo-hunting—and you’ll find some great LGBTQ bars and clubs just a few blocks north.
For more murals and colorful walls, don’t miss the 12South neighborhood. While it’s a great area for urban exploration, the many cafes, restaurants, shops, and bars make it the perfect place for little adventures. Most of the shops along the streets have hired artists and designers to create instagrammable walls. Don’t miss the walls outside Draper James and of course the I Believe in Nashville mural—an iconic spot for a local photo.
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In The Gulch neighborhood and just around the corner from the #WhatLiftsYou mural, the Biscuit Love brunch spot opened in 2015 and has quickly risen as one of Nashville’s most photographed spots. The neon Nashville sign is one of the city’s favorite photo spots, and the biscuit breakfasts are equally excellent. Be warned that there might be a wait to eat-in, though!
In West Nashville, The Nations is one of the newest neighborhoods of the city. A former industrial area, many of the small buildings have been converted into apartments, hipster coffeeshops, and craft breweries. And a lot of the homes in the area have been developed and renovated so that they’re now a rainbow of pretty pastel colors. An old neon sign from the early 20th century welcomes visitors to the area and has become a symbol of The Nations—and a marker for one of the many bars.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
Just north of downtown, the pedestrian bridge crosses the Cumberland River and offers the best views of downtown. If you’re looking for a photo of the Nashville skyline, don’t miss this spot.
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One of Nashville’s coolest spots, the Pinewood Social is a bit of everything—making it the perfect spot for a photo to share a bit of FOMO with your friends back home. It’s a bowling alley, craft cocktail bar, trendy restaurant, hipster café, and coworking space all wrapped in one. It’s also a great gay-friendly spot attracting a lot of students and young adults.