Nashville is the undisputed home of America's Country Music Industry and the site of the legendary Grand Ole Opry House, the venue for Country Music. But Nashville is also home to great American music of every genre, from blues to rock, and is a city with a rich history and culture. Nashville is a great place to visit, and you may just want to live there.
The Tennessee State Museum traces the city's history, warts and all, from native American times through the Civil War (and subsequent birth of the KKK in Nashville) up to today. History Buffs will also enjoy a tour of 7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson's stately mansion The Hermitage. The Cowan Collection of Paintings offers an excellent selection of exhibits for art lovers. The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum has lots of top-notch exhibits of Country Music greats like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, and for a little extra guests can visit RCA's Studio B, where over 1,000 hits have been recorded.
Outdoor adventures await visitors in one of Nashville's many parks. Shelby Park not only has hiking and horseback riding trails, but also features a 27-hole golf course. Radnor State Park's lake provides guests with opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Campers in Nashville can find a spot at Opryland KOA Kampground's tent and RV sites as well as every conceivable camping convenience.
Families will have a blast in Nashville Tennessee. Valley Amusement Park's many rides and games are fun for all ages. Art Quest at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts is an interactive program that gets kids excited about art. The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere has some great exotic animal exhibits as well as an enormous petting zoo and some famous Tennessee Walking Horses.
If you've chosen Nashville as your vacation destination, chances are you want to hear some live country/western, pop, bluegrass, and etc. There's no place better. The Grand Ole Opry is a must-see, but its tours, live shows and free museum draw thousands, so be prepared for crowds. Tootsie's Wild Orchid Saloon is another great music spot where up-&-comers rub shoulders with Big-Name Stars. The famous Bluebird CafÃ© may just be a little joint in a strip-mall, but it's where dozens of stars like Bonnie Raitt and Garth Brooks cut their teeth. For an alternative to country visitors can rock out at the End, or catch the Nashville Symphony Orchestra at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Sports fans visiting Nashville Tennessee may want to see the NFL's Tennessee Titans at the Coliseum, or enjoy the Athletics Programs of Vanderbilt University or the University of Tennessee.
One of Nashville's nicknames is â€œAthens of the Southâ€. This is due both to its many fine examples of neo-classical architecture and the scale replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, complete with a 42-ft. golden statue of Athena. Travel & Leisure Magazine named Nashville as â€œAmerica's Friendliest Cityâ€.