Nashville earned the name “Athens of the South” in the 1800’s and is a cultural capital of the American South. This local culture has turned Nashville into a popular destination for tourists or anyone needing a quick holiday. There are plenty of fun and interesting sights to see and activities to do, even for those traveling on a budget. Nashville has something for everyone and is sure not to disappoint.
Music City For A Reason
Nashville is known as the “Music City” and features enough musical sights and sounds to have you plan an entire holiday around it. Country music is one of the most popular genres that Nashville is known for. Any country music fan has to take time to visit the Grand Ole Opry. The Opry established itself in 1925 and moved out of the Ryman Auditorium in 1974. For over 80 years, the stars of country music have played the Grand Ole Opry with thousands of people making annual trips to see the Opry and take in its history.
No matter what type of music you enjoy, you will be able to find a venue in Nashville that is playing your song. Local and national acts alike visit some of Nashville’s most well-known clubs like 3rd & Lindsley, Mercy Lounge and the High Watt. Even the local bars feature live music at night. You may find your new favorite act by walking down the street.
Plenty of museums call the Music City home. The Johnny Cash Museum is located in the heart of downtown and is dedicated to the life of the country music legend. The Country Music Hall of Fame has exhibitions that trace the history of the genre from its inception. Alternative music fans and vinyl record collectors will appreciate Third Man Records, created by rock superstar Jack White. You can even take a tour to see just how a record label can operate out of a Nashville storefront.
More Than Just Music
With so much live music to choose from, you may forget that Nashville has much more to offer. No trip to Nashville would be complete without visiting the iconic Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. World famous for their hot chicken, Prince’s earned the prestigious James Beard Award and has been serving up hot chicken for over 70 years. Another James Beard Award winner, Arnold’s Country Kitchen has also proved to be a hit with both locals and tourists. This small restaurant is the pioneer of the “Meat and Three” and has been serving the Nashville community for over 30 years. There are plenty of great options for vegetarians and vegans as well. Restaurants like Graze and The Wild Cow make veggie-friendly dishes that are sure to satisfy.
Nashville is also a city that is home to many sports franchises. The Nashville Predators have established themselves as one of the top teams in the NHL and have made ice hockey popular in the area. The area around the team’s downtown arena on game days is electric. The Tennessee Titans give area fans a dose of professional American football. Many of Nashville’s universities and colleges also feature sports teams. Walk through the campus of Vanderbilt University and see one of the American South’s most prestigious universities before taking in a football or baseball game. Check out the campus of either Belmont University Tennessee State University before watching the teams compete in basketball. Fans will love the experience that they have when visiting Nashville, even if they are not cheering for the home team.
Take In The History
Outside of restaurants and breweries, there are plenty of fun activities to check out as a group or on a solo trip to Nashville. Many visitors make a trip to see The Parthenon. The Parthenon is a life-size replica of the famous Greek Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Opened for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897, The Parthenon proved to be popular among guests and was made a permanent part of Centennial Park, delighting visitors to this day. Other parks include the Bicentennial Capitol Mall, State Park. This urban park is 19 acres and tells the history of the state of Tennessee. As you walk through the park you will find yourself at the Tennessee State Capitol building.
Nashville is a city of history. From music to food, Greek-inspired architecture to sporting events, there is a story behind everything. Visit Nashville on your next holiday and take in all that the city has to offer. You may find your next favorite band right around the corner.
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