Nashville, a history-rich city, is dotted with iconic places, and new hip ones as well, all of which serve as fabulous backdrops for photos. From the stately entrance of Percy Warner Park to the neon lights of Pinewood Social’s bowling alley, we rounded up a list of places to pose with a gathered group this holiday season or to simply document your location with a shameless selfie. Here are some of our favorite signs, murals, landmarks, statues and steps to strike a pose. So grab your iPhone and travel with us from Bellevue to Riverfront Park to see the sites!

The Loveless Cafe

This famous Southern eatery has a vintage sign that can’t be beat, and their biscuits aren’t half bad, either! If you have a Saturday morning with time to spare, pull your family out of bed and head to The Loveless Cafe for a hearty country breakfast and a quick snapshot!

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A visit to The Loveless Cafe is a must!

the germantown inn

Very recently opened, the germantown inn has a handful of spots perfect for pictures. From the presidential posters and custom-made wall paper to the Andra Eggleston curtains, every corner has a photo-worthy backdrop. We especially adore the walls of the building, which showcase the historic home’s original architectural features. Each room has a presidential portrait. A second floor bedroom is dedicated to Jefferson and is home to the portrait below.

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Book a stay at the germantown inn and snap a few pictures to send back home! This artwork is by Caitlin Mello.

Love Circle

Love Circle is a residential street located just off West End that offers some of the best views of the city. Drive up and park (and tell John Rich hello!), and then make the steep climb up the hill for one of the best views of Music City. The skyline makes for a pretty cool backdrop.

Whether you want to just watch a sunset or you're looking for a skyline backdrop, head up to Love Circle.

Whether you want to just watch a sunset or you’re looking for a skyline backdrop, head up to Love Circle.

Rolf & Daughters

The wall outside this Germantown restaurant makes for the perfect backdrop. The mural was spraypainted by Shantell Martin in 2013 and has been a destination for photographers ever since. Grab dinner at Rolf & Daughters after snapping a few pictures.

Shantell Martin displays her work on the side of the Rolf & Daughter's building. Image: Santell Martin

Shantell Martin displays her work on the side of the Rolf & Daughter’s building. Image: Shantell Martin

Import Flowers

Painted in July 2013 by Mark Palen, the sunflower mural is a defining feature of the Sylvan Park neighborhood. The brightly colored mural is eye-catching, and the debate about whether there is a certain word found in the sunflower stems has everyone talking.

The sunflower mural on the side of Import Flowers in Sylvan Park is a lovely backdrop for a photo.

The sunflower mural on the side of Import Flowers in Sylvan Park is a lovely backdrop for a photo.

Herakut dog mural

Part of the Nashville Walls Project, this mural, located on the Cornerstone Square building, was painted by German street artist duo Herakut. The imagery tugs at your heart, while the pups massive size is something to behold.

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This Herakut mural is on the side of the Cornerstone Square Building, located downtown at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Church Street.

House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill

Dolly Parton isn’t the only face you will see on the fence outside House of Blues Studios. Artist Scott Guion’s murals feature iconic musicians including Willie Nelson, Snoop Dog and The Beatles.

Dolly Parton, painted by Scott Guion, is surrounded by even more music royalty from all genres. Head to the House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and take your pick (and pic!)

Dolly Parton, painted by Scott Guion, is surrounded by even more music royalty from all genres. Head to the House of Blues Studios in Berry Hill and take your pick (and pic!)

Amelia’s Flower Truck

Amelia’s Flower Truck can be spotted on the streets of Nashville, oftentimes in 12South outside imogene + willie or White’s Mercantile. Pose in front of the truck and fresh flowers for a very Nashville photo.

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Take a picture in front of this lovely flower truck! Image: Amelia’s Flower Truck

AVO Nashville

AVO Nashville is a plant-based restaurant on Nashville’s west side. We love their fresh, feel-good food almost as much as their playful exterior, which is painted with avocados, making it hard to miss!

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Take a picture with an avocado at AVO.

Percy Warner Park steps

Percy Warner Park is always packed with dogs, families, friends, fitness junkies, outdoor enthusiasts and the occasional celebrity. The entrance to the park is marked with gorgeous stone steps that provide a butt-busting workout, as well as a beautiful backdrop for family portraits and casual snapshots. Grab your pup and enjoy some of Nashville’s finest scenery.

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The steps at Percy Warner are the perfect spot for a picture!

The “I Believe” mural

Show your city pride and pose in front of the patriotic mural in 12South. The “I Believe in Nashville” mural was conceived by artist Adrien Saporiti, founder of East Nashville company DCXV, in 2012 as a unifying symbol for the city Nashville. His murals can be found all over Nashville, but the original in 12South has since become a sought-out backdrop for countless Christmas cards, Facebook pictures and Instagram posts.

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We believe in Nashville!

The train in Centennial Park

Centennial Park is filled with numerous architectural and commemorative treasures. This antique steam locomotive, originally known as a Yellow Jacket, was manufactured by the American Locomotive Company in 1942, then donated to the park in 1953. Now adorned with a seasonal wreath, it’s a great spot to snap a picture of your kids over the holidays!

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All aboard! The locomotive at Centennial Park is a great place for a holiday pic! Thanks to SB’s Managing Editor Ashley’s son, Ollie, for posing!

Barista Parlor 

Barista Parlor, an ultra-hip coffee lounge that was once a garage, has retained the automotive charm of its predecessor. The shop’s loyal patrons love to share pictures in front of its graphic signage and bright red doors. Snap a selfie in front of this colorful backdrop, and all of your friends will deem you an East Nashville regular. Barista Parlor has three locations, all with photo-worthy spots.

Barista Parlor's East Nashville location is the perfect spot for good coffee and fun photos.

Barista Parlor‘s East Nashville location is the perfect spot for good coffee and fun photos.

Pinewood Social’s bowling alley

Pinewood Social is a dining and social concept housed in the trolley barns on Rolling Mill Hill. A great place to grab a cup of coffee or a cocktail, Pinewood Social has a full-service restaurant and bar, an outdoor pool, a karaoke lounge and a bowling alley. The neon signage above the retro lanes has become a popular destination for pics with friends.

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Be sure to pose in front of these groovy lanes at Pinewood Social, after you bowl a strike, of course!

The Hermitage Hotel’s men’s bathroom

Outfitted with radiant black and green tiles, a terrazzo floor, two polished chairs and a telephone that connects to the front desk, the men’s bathroom at The Hermitage Hotel is a symbol of luxury. The Art Deco-style restroom has been voted one of the best in America, and it’s a wonderful place to snap a picture, when it’s not occupied, of course!

Snap a picture inside the bathroom at The Hermitage Hotel when no one is looking!

Snap a picture inside the bathroom at The Hermitage Hotel when no one is looking!

Le Sel 

Any spot at Le Sel is perfect for a picture. As if the oyster bar, pink booths, silver textured wall created by Jeff Stamper and the black-and-white painted floors aren’t enough, Le Sel has graffiti-like walls by Alic Daniel and a sea-diving dog, created as a tribute to Max Goldberg’s dog, Jolene, by Jeff Stamper.

Pose with Le Sel's hand-painted pup!

Pose with the hand-painted pup at Le Sel!

Thompson Hotel 

The Thompson Nashville’s rooftop restaurant and bar is set against the backdrop of the city. Views from this spot in the Gulch are breathtaking. In addition to the views, the hotel features eye-catching designs on the floors and walls. Although you might not be ready to strike a pose similar to that of these Nashville Ballet dancers (see more pictures here), the hotel’s details make for great photo ops.

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Strike a pose on the floor of Thompson Nashville. You might a get a few funny looks but hey, it’s all worth it for the picture, right?

Printers Alley 

Printers Alley has been known for its thriving nightlife since nightclubs opened in the area in the 1940s. Steps from Broadway, the area that was once home to printing and publishing companies is now home to karaoke and blues bars. The iconic sign and historic architecture of the buildings are all photo worthy.

Take a picture with the Printers Alley sign at night!

Take a picture with the Printers Alley sign at night! Image: Printers Alley Lofts

Three Brothers Coffee 

Grab your friends and grab a coffee for a picture in the alley outside Three Brothers Coffee. The coffee shop is connected to Cumberland Transit and partners with Bongo Java Roasting Co. to serve 100% organic and 100% fair trade coffee.

Grab your friends and grab a coffee for a picture

Coffee and alley art make a pretty good picture! Image: Happily Grey

Union Station Hotel

Union Station Hotel was originally a train station that opened in 1900. The hotel’s most recent restoration and renovation project was recently completed, and the stunning décor and architecture will steal the show of any group pic, but that is just fine by us.

How stunning is this for a background?

How stunning is this for a backdrop? Image: David Phelps

Bicentennial Mall State Park

This park sits at the edge of Germantown just before reaching downtown. The 19-acre park is home to a 200-foot granite map, a World War II memorial, a 95-bell carillon, a Pathway of History, the Rivers of Tennessee fountains and a 2,000-seat amphitheater, which offers unbeatable views of Capitol.

Snap a shot of you and the Capitol in Bicentennial Mall State Park

Grab a shot of you and the Capitol from Barista Parlor.

Hillsboro Village mural

Andee Rudloff is to thank for the colorful mural that covers the side of Kay Bob’s Grill & Ale and Pizza Perfect in Hillsboro Village. Also in Hillsboro Village you will find the dragon mural by David Glick and Adam Randolph. Both works of art are colorful, creative and quintessential Nashville.

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Pose with this colorful mural in Hillsboro Village! Image: Explore Nashville Art

Draper James 

Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James is a destination for Southern-style apparel, accessories and gifts. Since the store’s opening in 2015, it has seen a steady stream of shoppers, but that is not all folks come for. The playfully painted striped exterior and window covering make for fun photo ops.

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Greetings from Draper James!

Enjoy the city during the holidays … it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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