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Why Nashville is a Hidden Gem for Travelers

Since it’s located in the middle of the country in what some people would call a “fly-over state,” Nashville doesn’t always get the attention from travelers that it deserves. But people who have never paid a visit to Nashville don’t know what they’re missing. There are countless reasons to visit the city and countless ways for visitors to enjoy themselves. Let’s explore some of those reasons and learn why Nashville is an amazing place to plan a trip.

Rich History

Over time, Nashville has evolved from a frontier trading post frequented by trappers into a vibrant hub for education and commerce. How else would it have earned the nickname of the “Athens of the South?” This historic river port, dating back to the antebellum era, later became renowned for its music publishing industry and its pivotal role in the development of country music.

As the city expanded, it cultivated a distinct heritage enriched by contributions from African-Americans. Today, this rich tapestry of history is vividly showcased on the Old Town Trolley Tour, which stops at various points of interest for you to explore at your leisure. You can hop off to delve into these fascinating sites and hop back on when you’re ready to continue. It’s a unique and immersive way to experience the highlights of Nashville and delve into its captivating history.

Delicious Cuisine

What’s the point of traveling if you can’t eat well? Don’t worry because Nashville has you covered in that regard. Nashville’s dining scene has garnered global attention and accolades from prestigious travel publications. Talented chefs are flocking to the capital of Tennessee to leave their culinary mark, contributing to an exciting cuisine culture that blends innovative recipes and culinary delights from around the world. Many of these acclaimed restaurants are situated in the Gulch, a revitalized former industrial area that’s a highlight on the Old Town Trolley Tour

For those craving traditional Southern flavors and laid-back vibes, Music City offers popular local eateries specializing in down-home cooking and slow-smoked barbecue. While “meat and threes” menus are a staple, don’t miss out on Nashville’s famous hot chicken accompanied by cornbread and sweet tea, a Southern classic.

The Music Scene

Even folks who have never visited Nashville know that it’s known for being the home of country music. But while Nashville has been dubbed the Capital of Country Music, it also has deep roots in gospel, bluegrass, soul, and blues. You don’t necessarily need to be a country fan to enjoy the music scene in Nashville. Of course, even if you don’t like country music, you should give it a chance while in Nashville.

You can experience performances by emerging talents at venues like the Bluebird Café and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. You can also catch a show by a legendary artist at the iconic Ryman Auditorium. Local watering holes like the Station Inn often host jam sessions where well-known entertainers make surprise appearances. For a lively dancing experience, visit the Wildhorse Saloon boasting the largest dance floor in Tennessee at 66,000 square feet.

Sports

If you love sports, Nashville will have something no matter what time of year you visit. During the fall, the Tennessee Titans get the spotlight every Sunday. Over the winter, the NHL’s Nashville Predators are a big draw. For soccer fans, Nashville SC is one of the newest MLS franchises and has been an instant hit with fans. Also, don’t sleep on the Nashville Sounds, a triple-A baseball team. There are also four colleges in Nashville that compete at the division I level, including Vanderbilt of the famous SEC.

With legal Tennessee sports betting launching in 2020, there is even more to like about pro and college sports while visiting Nashville. The state has nearly a dozen credible sportsbooks that offer different promos and features. That means anyone visiting Nashville can place bets on a mobile device on a wide variety of sports.

Museums

If you feel like learning something while on vacation, Nashville boasts a diverse array of esteemed museums. These include the Adventure Science Center, a museum dedicated to Johnny Cash’s life and career, and the Musicians Hall of Fame. Naturally, the Country Music Hall of Fame is among the most popular attractions in Nashville. However, not every museum in Nashville is related to the city’s great musical history.

The Parthenon in Centennial Park, originally built for the Centennial Exposition in 1897, showcases a remarkable collection and houses North America’s largest indoor statue.

The city’s historic house museums like Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion, offer glimpses into Nashville’s antebellum era. Downtown, the Tennessee State Museum delves into the natural and cultural history of the Volunteer State. For railroad enthusiasts, the Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s rolling stock collection preserves Middle Tennessee’s railway legacy.

The Scenery

If nothing else, the natural beauty of Nashville is enough to draw visitors there. Nashville marks the northern end of the historic Natchez Trace, a significant trade and exploration route. The Natchez Trace Parkway offers a picturesque drive showcasing spring blooms and the vibrant colors of fall foliage. There is also Cheekwood Botanical Garden, spans 55 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and hosts various events year-round. Last but not least, Belmont University’s campus is actually designated as an arboretum because it’s home to over 100 plant species.

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