How We Know You're Not From Nashville
Start writing a post

How We Know You're Not From Nashville

How to spot a tourist in Nashville.

How We Know You're Not From Nashville
Evan Kersten

I may be a little biased, but I think that I live in one of the best cities in the US. Nashville is such an exciting and adventurous place, and there's always something going on. However, if you don't live around here, we can tell. There are a number of ways to spot a tourist from a local and they're more obvious than you think.

You're wearing cowboy boots.

When planning to visit Nashville, one might assume that all we wear is cowboy boots and we would never think of wearing anything else. I think outsiders assume that we own a different pair of cowboy boots for every day of the week. Newsflash: WE DO NOT. I know very few people who wear cowboy boots often. While we all may own a pair (I mean who can beat the two for one boot prices on Broadway?), we aren't strutting around the Nashville streets in our boots. Or hats! Cowboy hats is a whole other issue...

You're on Broadway.

The ultimate sign for "Hey, I'm a tourist!" is wearing cowboy boots on Broadway. Now, I'm not saying locals avoid Broadway...but we totally do. My friends that go to different schools assume Lipscomb students always have something to do because of Broadway, but that is far from the truth. I can count on one hand the number of times I've ventured downtown when I wasn't there for a concert at Bridgestone or a Predators hockey game.

You're looking for celebrities.

In Nashville, celebrities are just people. They eat at the same restaurants we do, they live down the street from us, their kids go to the high schools we went to. It's just not a big deal here, which is why, I think, celebrities love it here. I know the show Nashville shows that there are paparazzi all over the city, but that is far from the truth. I can honestly say I've never seen someone who looks remotely like paparazzi. I'm not saying I didn't freak out when I saw Hayden Panettiere in Walmart or that I don't have a "Celebrities I Hope To See" list, but for the most part, seeing celebrities is no big deal.

You're all about the murals.

I Believe In Nashville, Hillsboro Village's Dragon, Center 615, The Wall of Cash. So much street art, so many tourists. You're probably being judged by Nashvillians when you post an Insta with one of these in the background, but if you're a true tourist, you have no shame. Plus, these make for really great places to take your family when they come in town. (P.S. Murals are also a great place to find teenagers who think they're super cool! Avoid them.)

You're not hipster enough for us.

If you know anything about Nashville, you know that to blend in, you're going to need some Birks, a top knot, or a flannel. True hipsters have been wearing flannels all summer long (and I judge your sanity for that). If you're wearing anything Western or country themed, we know you're fakin' it. You're either from another state, or sadly, from a suburb of Nashville but you still haven't realized how hipster it is.

You're on a Segway.

Holy moly, Nashville isn't that big. Walk! Don't Segway. Really, don't even ride one of those rental bikes. We will see you, we will know you're from the outside, and we may not show you that Southern hospitality we're known for.

Nashville is one of my favorite cities in the whole world. I'm so lucky to call it home and I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. Nashville is also the friendliest city around - I love talking to visitors and tourists and asking them what they love most about this wonderful city. But be warned: we can spot you from a mile away. Come visit us and see what we're really all about!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments