Skyline of Nashville, Tennessee

Country music is synonymous with Tennessee's state capital, the rapidly growing city of Nashville, where the strains of the guitar and accordion are big business, drawing millions of fans to the city every year. Dozens of famous names in the music world have been nourished in Nashville since 1925 when the legendary 'Grand Ole Opry' went on the air, broadcasting weekly shows touting the talents of up and coming singers. It all began in the downtown Ryman Auditorium, originally a church, which became the music hall where the likes of Dolly Parton and Roy Acuff first strutted their stuff.

Visitors still come today to visit Opryland, the resort that incorporates the new Grand Ole Opry, northeast of the city. Daily shows are presented here, and just around the corner is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans also flock to the area known as The District, crammed with nightclubs, bars and restaurants where country music reigns supreme.

Beyond country music, Nashville offers historical interest in the form of the old Belle Meade Plantation, a centre of thoroughbred breeding and training in the past, as well as the Tennessee Sate Museum, filled with exhibits detailing the entire state's history from millions of years ago to the present day. The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original in Athens, houses a fine collection of art, and for those who want to experience a bit of Tennessee's beautiful country scenery and rich wildlife, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park isn't far from Nashville.

Everyone, country music fan or not, cannot fail to leave Nashville with their toes tapping!

Staff Tip

“My advice would be to just embrace the experience because Nashville is like nowhere else you have ever been! Thrown on a Stetson, your cowboy boots and a checked shirt and you are going to blend right in! It’s the Mecca for country music lovers and the horsey set and, of course, no trip to Nashville is complete without a visit Studio B where Elvis, Roy Orbison and Dolly recorded and a tour of the Music Hall of Fame.
Enjoy some Southern comfort food, and try a few of the many tasty pies and chicken dishes available in the city’s bars. Between the menu and the entertainment, be prepared to be out until the small hours. Personally I wouldn’t miss a night at the Patterson House a mix of the traditional and the trendy!”

Jeni McIlroy, Nashville

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