5 Fantastic Photo Viewpoints in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is known as Music City, USA because of all of the live music viewing opportunities. It is also a great place to photograph. Some people prefer to take pictures of Tennessee waterfalls, others like overlooks near Nashville, but if you’re looking to stay in the downtown Nashville area, there are plenty of photo options.
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This hidden gem is not very well known to tourists. It’s a small, circular shaped hilltop park. While there isn’t much to do at this park, it provides great photo opportunities of the Nashville skyline. The park is located about a mile from Centennial Park and Vanderbilt University. Just type “Love Park” into Google Maps to find it. The hill is steep but there are stairs you can take to make your walk easier. There is plenty of street parking on the road encircling the hill.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge spans the Cumberland River and connects the lower Broadway area to Nissan Stadium and Cumberland Park. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the bridge. On a given day you’ll find many tourists crossing the bridge to take selfies and enjoy the view. From either side you’ll enjoy great views of either the vehicle bridge or lower Broadway and Nissan Stadium. At 3,150 feet in length, it is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world, so be prepared for a lot of walking.
East Bank Landing
Just across the pedestrian bridge from lower Broadway is the East Bank Landing. There is a large, red decorative structure at the site that’s hard to miss. Near the structure is a slope that goes down to the river. There are a number of concrete ledges that are perfect for use with a tripod. From this angle, you can see Riverfront Park and Broadway Street on the opposite side of the river. You also get great views of the old buildings along 1st Avenue facing the river.
Nashville City Courthouse Observation Deck
The Nashville City Courthouse is only a few blocks from Broadway Street and has a parking garage attached to it. The courthouse building itself is an Art Deco building built in 1936. While it makes for good photo opportunities, the real gem is the nearby observation deck attached to the elevators and staircase to the parking garage. From this deck, you can see the War Memorial Auditorium, Batman building, and other notable downtown landmark buildings.
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Located between the Nashville Farmer’s Market and First Tennessee Park (minor league baseball stadium) in the Germantown district, this park is a popular place to lounge on a nice day. Concert events take place here regularly. It even has a small amphitheater on the grounds. From the park, you can get a great view of the Tennessee State Capitol building. After taking pictures, make sure to stop at the Farmer’s Market for a bite to eat as the food court is open year-round and has many options.
Where can I park downtown?
Downtown parking can be a hassle if you’re not used to paying to park your car. It is simply the reality of the situation though. You can park at the city courthouse garage, Music City Center garage, or many other parking lots and private garages throughout the area for a relatively reasonable fee. Many of these lots and garages have flat rates once you go past a certain amount of time. Expect to pay $10-20 for the day. Except between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday through Saturday, the metered spaces are free parking if you’re lucky enough to find one available. Depending on where you’re coming from, it may be wise to take a cab or ride-share downtown.
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