Nashville is the capital city of Tennessee, situated on the Cumberland River in the state’s north-central part. Because of the substantial contribution it gives the music industry, most particularly the country music, Nashville has become the ‘’Country Music Capital of the World.’’ In recent years, Nashville has proven itself as more than just a music city—it is a city where culture meets history, where natural beauty effortlessly blends with urbanization without stripping away its relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.
The excellent features of Nashville make it one of Tennessee’s most visited cities. If you are going to Nashville, you will enter the city via Nashville International Airport, which is conveniently located five miles from the downtown. When you get around, there are buses, taxis, and car-for-rent services that will bring you to your chosen destination.
The historic downtown is evidence of how the past and the future can harmoniously coexist. Many of Nashville’s attractions consist of museums and restored houses such as Belle Meade Plantation and Travellers Rest Plantation. The Hermitage, where the private possession of U.S. President Andrew Jackson is showcased and the Tennessee State Museum, a 70,000 square feet of exhibit space that makes it as one of the nation’s largest museums, is an absolute must when touring the historical side of Nashville.
The perfect weather of Nashville will allow you to take advantage of the outdoors. Radnor Lake State Park and its 90-acre lake never fail to amuse visitors as it serves as an ideal venue for recreational opportunities in the surrounds of nature’s scenic views. Percy Priest Lake is also a popular attraction courtesy of the activities it offers the visitors including fishing, horseback riding, boating, canoeing, swimming, skiing, hiking camping, and a lot more.
Edwin Warner Park is worth a visit and there, you will be delighted with its forests and lush fields that can be utilized for picnics, hiking trails, running courses and so much more. If you are in the company of kids, you can head to the Nashville Zoo and allow the little ones to experience how it is to be up-close and personal with rare animals. Probably the number one attraction of Nashville is The Grand Ole Opry, an American icon that creates a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages.
It is hard to resist cowboy souvenirs such as hats and boots that will remind of the spectacular Nashville experience. These country music-themed items are being sold in local shops and major malls. When shopping, head to Mall at Green Hills and Opry Mills for high-end retail and 12 South District and Hillsboro Village for vintage and unique finds.
The city is proud of its perfect blending of traditional favorites and modern fusion of international dishes. You will never find it hard to decide where to eat for every corner of the city has restaurants that satisfy your taste and budget. To end the meal, have a taste of artisan ice cream from the famed Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, or the famous desserts at Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles.
Since becoming a tourist magnet, Nashville has become a host of dainty bed and breakfast like Daisy Hill Bed and Breakfast and 12 South Inn Suites and luxurious hotels such as the Hermitage Hotel and Omni Nashville Hotel. Whatever is your choice, your stay for the holidays exude the home-away-from-home ambiance which makes your Nashville exploration truly unforgettable.