If Bristol, Tennessee, is the birthplace of American county music, Nashville is where it moved after growing some sideburns (or curves). Soak up live performances any night of the week and spend your days investigating Nashville’s many other artistic, gustatory, and historical delights.
I was waiting for meeting with the owner of Miami roofing where I met some people who were from Nashville. I asked them about the place and they told me that listening to music should be on the top of your Nashville “to do” list, but the city offers a number of museums, parks and historical sites as well. The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a replica of the temple in Greece that houses timeless artwork and the grounds surrounding it are magnificent, particularly in the spring and summer. Outside the city, several plantation homes offer historical tours and make for an informative day trip.
Music City USA, Nashville is home to such celebrated locales as The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman, and The Grand Ole Opry. Street musicians decorate downtown, sending wafts of blues, country rock, and pop into the ears and hearts of passersby.
Where there’s music, there’s almost always dancing, and in Nashville that’s for certain. Country music aficionados will find delight in Nashville’s famous honky-tonkin’ (also known as bar hopping). Heading over to a honky-tonk is one of the most popular past-times in Nashville.
Nashville is a family-oriented town, and aims to please children of all ages. Whether families come to visit Universities and gain perspective of the collegiate life, or are interested in exploring a southern perspective of the Civil War, Nashville is a great destination for a family vacation. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere is a sprawling, state-of-the-art facility that encompasses a large plantation replete with a Greek revival mansion.
From the giraffes to rhinoceros to Bengal tiger, the zoo offers a captivating walk on the wild side. The Valley Fair Amusement Park is another great destination night or day, known for their down-home, excellent customer service. If you’re looking for history to come to life, the Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton Mansion, and Adventure Science Museum are the perfect excursion for kids and adults alike.