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Nashville Tennessee


Nashville, Tennessee is known as the “Country Music Capital of the World” and “Music City” because it is the second largest producer of recorded music in the US. Nashville’s historic specialty is Country Western music and many of its top tourist attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame? and the Grand Ole Opry? are important parts of Country music lore. In June Nashville hosts the leading Country Music festival in the United States known as the CMA Music Fest. The city also offers some of the finest honky tonk bars in the nation.

Opryland Nashville
Opryland Nashville

Although Country music is an important part of Nashville culture the city is more than just twangy songs and cowboy boots. Like most Southern cities Nashville has a long proud history. Its location near the Cumberland River made it a very important trade city in the south before, during, and after the Civil War. Nashville has also long been the state capital of Tennessee. This rich history has left the city with the oldest still used capital building, many important battle fields, and antebellum plantations for both residents and visitors to wander through and enjoy.


Nashville was originally founded as Fort Nashborough in 1779 by James Robertson and a group of local settlers. It was named after Francis Nash a recent hero of the American Revolutionary War. Because of Nashville’s location on the Cumberland River and its eventual status as a railroad hub the city quickly became an important trading post in the South. Tennessee was the last Southern state to succeed during the Civil War and Nashville was the first state capital to fall to the Union Army. The city was hit hard by the war, but because of its importance in trade it quickly bounced back to its thriving pre-Civil War self. In 1925 the first segment of the Grand Ole Opry aired beginning Nashville’s legacy as “Music City.”



Even though Nashville is an important freight rail hub it is one of the few major U.S. cities not served by the United States’ most important passenger rail company, Amtrak.


Country Music Hall of Fame?

Grand Ole Opry?

Ryman Auditorium?

CMA Music Fest

Nashville Zoo

The Hermitage?

State Capitol?

The Parthenon

Tennessee State Museum?

Belle Meade Plantation?

Opry Mills?

Opryland Resort Nashville?




I just returned last week (June 6-12, 2006) from a week long vacation in Nashville, TN. I have to say right off the bat it is one of the cleanest cities I have ever been in in the US. We drove to all parts of Nashville and even their low income housing projects were well kept. The Zoo is lovely. Go on a Sunday morning at 9am and you may have some areas all to yourself and the animals are still lively before it gets too hot. We were in town for the CMA Music Fest which was alot of fun and VERY family friendly. We had our two year old with us and never felt uncomfortable taking her anywhere with us because people were well behaved and courteous. No rowdies at the concerts either. We stayed at the Nashville Airport Marriott and it was very good. I never ever heard a plane fly near the airport. There is an indoor and outdoor pool. Their restaurant is very good for breakfast, and the ribs they have on their menu for dinner are to die for! There is a lot of construction going on on some of the roads, but if you have a GPS in your car you can take the "least amount of highways" route and see different parts of Nashville and get to places quickly! We will definitely visit Nashville again!

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