Lively downtown waterfront district along the Cumberland River
Live music at a honky-tonk in downtown Nashville
Shopping at the Opry Mills mall
Industrial-chic interior and vintage bowling lanes at Pinewood Social
Weekly country music concerts on the iconic Grand Ole Opry stage
Antique automobiles at the Lane Motor Museum
A white tiger resting at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Stars line the Walk of Fame outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Endless entertainment in Music City, USA
Of course, music remains Nashville’s calling card to the world and is the very heart of the city. Long recognized as the world’s capital of country music, Music City's sounds also include pop, rock, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues and soul. With more than 120 live music venues across the city, there is something for everyone. You’ll catch pickers and songwriters all over town, in places like bluegrass venue Station Inn, the rock venue Exit/In, the honky-tonks on Broadway, the song-centered Bluebird Cafe or the legendary Ryman Auditorium.
There are hosts of attractions that have made Music City famous, such as the ultimate country music venue the Grand Ole Opry and the world-renowned Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. The Johnny Cash Museum houses the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world. The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians – from stars to studio players – who represent all genres of music and features the very instruments used to record some of music’s greatest hits.
Nashville’s visual and fine arts scene is also making waves. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is housed in an exquisitely converted art deco post office and hosts roving exhibitions changing every couple of months. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art houses an extensive art gallery, and there are art crawls, studios and art galleries all around town.
While Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, the talent and creativity of its culinary scene has recently put Nashville on the map. Dubbed “The Coolest, Tastiest City in the South” by Bon Appetit, Nashville’s creative spirit has infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into the chef’s studios. From Southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between, Nashville satisfies all palates. To really get a feel for Nashville’s local side, check out some of Nashville’s unique neighborhoods full of Music City charm. Areas like 12South, Hillsboro Village, East Nashville, and the Gulch offer a good mix of shopping, dining, nightlife and music.
With its charming mix of musical, historical and cultural flavors, Nashville is truly a city for all seasons and styles. While in Music City, stop by the Visitor Information Centers in the glass tower of the Bridgestone Arena (at Fifth and Broadway) and on the ground floor of the Regions building (at Fourth and Commerce) for discounted attraction passes.
Nashville's Centennial Park is home to the world's only exact replica of the Greek Parthenon.