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Where to Stay
You can stay at your typical hotel in Nashville, but there are so many more options. Nashville is expanding, and the choices are endless! From musical-themed hotels like the Millennium Maxwell House to boutique hotels like the Hutton, the lodging scene in Nashville has character. The Gaylord Opryland Resort is an attraction in itself with golf, shopping, music, restaurants and bars within the property.
Hot Tips: Even if you aren't staying there, the Gaylord Opryland is worth visiting.
What to Eat
Nashville is witnessing a culinary explosion and is set to be the new foodie city. Trendy East Nash is hipster central, and therefore translates to an eclectic selection of cuisine, ranging from food trucks and upscale cafeterias to gastropubs and artisan food markets - take your pick. Expect a flurry of celebrity-chef restaurant openings soon, but never fear: you'll still find your classic meat-and-threes and savory barbecue joints.
Caution: Check the hours before visiting. Many restaurants in the South are closed on Sundays.
Hot Tips: Don't be afraid of the food trucks!
Things to See
Listening to music should be on the top of your Nashville "to do" list, but the city offers a number of museums, parks and historical sites as well. The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a replica of the temple in Greece that houses timeless artwork and the grounds surrounding it are magnificent, particularly in the spring and summer. Outside the city, several plantation homes offer historical tours and make for an informative day trip.
Avoid: Despite rapidly expanding, Nashville's public transport isn't quite there yet. However, it's becoming more bike-friendly.
Places to Party
Nashville's nightlife is legendary, and the debate continues as to whether Austin or Nashville is America's music capital. Walk in any direction on Broadway and you'll find live music, but the truly local spots take a bit of searching. Exit Inn is a top choice that plays much more than country music, and in East Nashville be sure to check out 5 Spot.
Hot Tips: If you can get tickets for an event at the Ryman, do it!
Where to Shop
Whether you're looking for a Music City magnet or something more original, there's a shop in Nashville for you. Head to Hillsboro Village, a trendy, four-block area with boutique shops and bookstores while Five Points offers art galleries and antiques. For unique posters, be sure to visit Hatch Show Prints in downtown, a legend in Nashville.
Best Local Souvenir: An original CD from an artist you hear during your visit.
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Nashville Is Known for...
Five of Nashville's most unique features and characteristics.Music
Music City USA, Nashville is home to such celebrated locales as The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman, and The Grand Ole Opry. Street musicians decorate downtown, sending wafts of blues, country rock, and pop into the ears and hearts of passersby. An endless profusion of honky tonk bars and exclusively country venues adorn second avenue, where line dancers are known to enthusiastically kick up their heels. The city that has never met a stranger, Nashvillians are proud of their music scene, and that it consistently has had a history of including all genres. All walks of music are celebrated and explored, and everyone is welcome to join in the music.Colleges
From Vanderbilt University to Belmont, Nashville's proud of their wide array and variety of colleges and universities scattered throughout the city and metropolitan area. Knowledge is celebrated in the city, earning it the nickname, "Athens of the South." Tennessee State, David Lipscomb, and the American Baptist College join Belmont and Vanderbilt in settling their campuses into the lush landscape of Music City. Tourists should be sure to head over to TSU to get a full understanding of the college football fervor in the South, bask in the energy...
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