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Why Adventure Junkies Are Pumped About Nashville

Zip through the trees at Adventureworks Zipline Adventure Park in Nashville. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If your visions of Nashville only include boot-stompin’ honky tonks and the Grand Ole Opry stage, it’s time to take a broader view. Music City may be known as the capital of country, but it’s also been named one of America’s best adventure towns by National Geographic. In fact, outdoor lovers can get active and pump up their adrenaline at sights in and out of the city.

Put Some Zip in Your Vacation

Think the view of Nashville is great from ground level? Wait till you see the one from the top of the forest canopy on a zipline canopy tour. At Adventureworks Zipline Adventure Park, adults and kids can reach maximum speeds zooming through nine separate ziplines across 1.5 miles of terrain.

Want to really test your mettle? Sign up for the 25-element treetop challenge course or a full moon zip adventure. Never fear: the trained staff will make sure you’re safely strapped in and ready to soar.

“On the Rocks” in Nashville

Nashville climbing wall
Hit the rocks at a Nashville climbing wall. (Photo: Hero Images Inc / Alamy)

Nashville is known for country music, but it also “rocks.” Climb Nashville, one of the South’s biggest indoor climbing walls, offers beginners and experienced climbers thrills and challenges, including a 40-foot wall and extensive bouldering areas. Trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment means everyone can learn to rock climb.

See Nashville by Bicycle

 Nashville waterfront
Take your two wheels to the Nashville waterfront. (Photo: Dennis Hardley / Alamy)

Give your legs a workout as you tour Nashville’s well-connected greenway system on two wheels. Multiple outfitters, like popular Green Fleet Bicycle Shop, rent street bikes, and provide you with helmets and a map of the city’s sights. Green Fleet also offers guided tours that explore eccentric neighborhoods, reveal the Music Row’s hip scene, and stop at various attractions throughout Nashville, including scenic paths along the city’s riverfront.

You’ll be sure to work up an appetite as you ride your way through town. Lock up your bike, and stop for lunch or a drink at one of the city’s many outdoor cafes.

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