Travel Destination: Nashville
CREATIVITY IS at THE HEART AND SOUL OF MUSIC CITY, AND Inspiration is all around
If you’re a country-music fan, or a singer-songwriters, Nashville is the ultimate destination. But Nashville isn’t just country music. It is a lively city, breaking out with new businesses every day. It’s filled with incredible music, arts and culture, restaurants and bars, and bright lights. This city with such a rich past is growing every day, and it is one of the cities that I’m proud to call home.
Let me start my disclosing that this list doesn't come close to including everything to do in Nashville, but I’ve provided a few crowd pleasers that everyone will surely enjoy.
Top Nashville Attractions:
The Ryman Auditorium is a must visit. It was home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, and is again being used to host performances of the famous radio show. Originally opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the Ryman - often referred to as the "Carnegie Hall of the South" or “The Mother Church” - has been restored and now also features regular classical concert series, bluegrass shows, musical theater, and television tapings. You can also see a variety of exhibits relating to its incredible history.
While you’re downtown, head to lower Broadway – you really can’t miss it. Just wander AT&T tower (or “Batman Building”) and you’ll find the Honky Tonk Heaven. It’s a musical hub in Music City, and once you visit, you’ll understand why.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is set in the heart of downtown Nashville. The museum features a multi-media display of historical performances, costumes, instruments, gold records, and memorabilia.
Also, if you’re wanting to visit another museum, while not strictly country-music related, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is worth stopping by for its displays and exhibits related to recorded music.
There’s a more quite area surrounding famous Music Square in downtown Nashville. This is worth a visit, as Music Row is the heart and soul of the nation's music industry.
Music Row is where you'll find such important landmarks as RCA Studio B. This studio is a recording facility that’s credited as the birthplace of the unique "Nashville sound," which defined so many big hits of the 1960s.
If you’re looking for arts and culture, pay a visit to The Frist Art Museum, which has exhibits that rotate every six to eight weeks. It’s housed in an art deco building, and is Nashville’s hub for visual arts displays works from local, state, and regional artists as well as national and international exhibitions.
If you’re a history buff, travel a little further way from the hustle and bustle, and you’ll be a short at the Belle Meade Plantation. This plantation, built in 1845, is a handsome old Southern mansion in Greek-Revival style. During the two-day Civil War Battle of Nashville in 1864, Union and Confederate forces fought in the front yard of the mansion,. Evidence of gunfire can still be seen in its tall stone columns. The gardens and grounds of the mansion are also worth visiting, as they consist of a number of early 19th-century buildings.
As always, travel safely, and enjoy music city!