Heralded as Music City, U.S.A., and the country-music capital of the world, Tennessee's fast-growing capital city also shines as a leading center of higher education, appropriately known as the Athens of the South. Nashville has prospered from both labels, emerging as one of the South's most vibrant cities in the process. The District, the downtown area along 2nd Avenue and historic Broadway, has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with restaurants, specialty shopping, and entertainment options. The historic sites throughout the city—such as the Hermitage and the Belle Meade Plantation—add another dimension.
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Things You Can’t Miss
He put Johnny Cash in black and made Elvis’ gold lamé suit. Buying one of his pieces alone will put your superstar music career back on track.
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I’m no fried chicken connoisseur, but I’m pretty sure this is the best stuff around. And the biscuits! THE BISCUITS!
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It’s hard to argue with the Grand Old Opry's claim of being the show that made country music famous. The weekly event has captivated audiences since 1925.
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Going to Nashville and not seeing the Country Music Hall of Fame is like going to Giza and not seeing the pyramids. Set aside an afternoon for this one.
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Take in an art opening at downtown Nashville’s monthly First Saturday Art Crawl. Galleries stay open late and shops and eateries cater to the crowd.
Andrew Jackson, the only U.S. president to pay off the national debt, retired to his Tennessee home, the Hermitage. It looks just like it did in 1837.
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Nashville’s newest museum displays memorabilia, stage clothes, photographs and videos from the Man in Black’s illustrious career.
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