Nashville is Music City. The ever-present creative vibe and entrepreneurial spirit here have deep roots that influence our art and culture. And that spirit extends to the food, football and unforgettable historical attractions.
Artistic energy flows, bearing witness to the powerful influence of lyric and melody. Get into the essence of it at one of 120-plus venues including The Basement, Marathon Music Works and The Bluebird Café. Catch the vibe of The District. The wealth of Nashville’s downtown nightlife begins with Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Ernest Tubb Record Shop. While you’re downtown, gather inspiration from the Frist Center for Visual Arts. Stellar local food fare is always worth a stop at places such as Whiskey Kitchen, Husk, Rolf & Daughters, Loveless Cafe, Eastland Cafe, Silo, Burger Up and The Catbird Seat.
Visit legendary music destinations such as The Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and The Johnny Cash Museum. Among the best outdoor spots are Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, area state parks and beautiful lakes. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art celebrates every colorful season. Bicentennial Mall State Park commemorates 200 years of statehood and captures the essence of Tennessee history. Adelicia Acklen’s Belmont Mansion and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will fill you with awe.
The small towns around Nashville possess a unique charm and pace all their own. See new and time-honored talent at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester. In Lynchburg, learn about the famous Jack Daniel and friends. Plan a trip to Kix Brooks’ Arrington Vineyards for award-winning wines, jazz and vineyard views. Visit historic Leiper’s Fork for art, scenery and laidback music venues.
Once a national postal road, Natchez Trace, one of America’s 10 best biking roads, is a greenway through the Southern Appalachian foothills. Nearby Franklin’s restored downtown and theater blend great food, shopping and music with the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin. The stories of Shy’s Hill and Fort Donelson National Battlefield illustrate the war’s immense reach.
Music is just the beginning. Family fun, professional sports, fine art, trend-setting shopping, renowned eateries and Southern favorites await you in Music City and beyond.