For those who are looking to inject a little Southern hospitality into their upcoming travel plans, Nashville, TN, is a great choice. Nashville, also known as “Music City”, boasts world-class cuisine, excellent lodging options, and a large number of activities. The city has long been known around for its connection to country music and is the home of the Grand Ole Opry. It also has one of the highest concentrations of universities and colleges in the American South.
Although Nashville is known for its “hot chicken”, the city is home to a variety of new restaurants showcasing unique flavors and food choices. They are also on the leading edge of the Farm to Market movement with many dining establishments purchasing ingredients from local farmers. Nashville is also making a name for itself among Craft Beer enthusiasts.
After visiting the famous Music Square in downtown Nashville, take a walk down the city’s famed Music Row, where many a country music star have been commemorated. You will find the famous RAC Studio B here where the “Nashville sound” was crafted in the 1960s. Music Row is a great place to browse local shops and pick up a souvenir or some music memorabilia.
Walk just a few blocks from the city center, and you’ll come to Centennial Park, where you will find a replica of the Greek Parthenon. This impressive structure is a full-scale replica of the original temple located in Athens, Greece. The building features the city’s art museum and Athena Parthenos, she is one big sculpture!
The Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson, is just a short drive from the city center. This splendid old mansion is now a museum with exhibits focusing on the President’s life and 1,120 acres of gardens, memorials, and much more.
Other local attractions include The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Tennessee State Capitol, the Ryman Auditorium(where you can try your luck at cutting a record of your own), the Belle Meade Plantation, and the Tennessee State Museum.
When you are ready to get back to nature, visit Radnor Lake State Park and stroll down the peaceful hiking trails that circle the lake. The nature preserve is an excellent place for bird watching; you may even encounter some local wildlife on your trek. There are many options for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, swimming or boating in and around Nashville.
If shopping is on your list, head on over to Lower Broadway where some of the best retail shopping can be found. The stores offer everything from home furnishings, books, clothes, gifts, boots and local artisan products.
Although Nashville is a year-round destination, you’ll find cooler weather and fewer crowds if you go in the shoulder seasons (March-May) or (September-November).
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