The starting point for all things country music, this interactive museum will appeal to fans of all music genres. Even a quick walk-through will illuminate how all music derives from Nashville’s favorite tunes. The multi-story building (designed to look like piano keys) is rammed to the rhinestone rafters with show-stopping musical memorabilia, such as Elvis Presley’s 24-karat gold Cadillac and Johnny Cash's Martin D-355. You’ll end your perusal in the Hall of Fame Rotunda, where you can honor the greats. Pay extra for the add-on Studio B tour: it’s the best way to experience a piece of sonic history on Music Row.
When most people think of Nashville, the first words that come to mind are Music City.
True, this city is one of the best places in the world to enjoy live music and revel in its history. However, it has also become a thriving hub of many other types of culture from cuisine (you’ll want to keep our list of the city’s best restaurants handy and make sure to try some Nashville hot chicken) to art (don’t miss the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Frisk.)
If you’re partial to activities, events and things to do, consider kicking off your tour of the city at the famous Country Music Hall of Fame or the Grand Ole Opry. Both sites offer essential looks at America’s proud country music heritage.
Home to more than 20 colleges and universities, the Tennessee town is also drenched in a rich tradition of academia, as evidenced by the many libraries and cultural institutions you’ll see at every corner.
Sport fans will be amazed by the loudest fans in the NHL (for real), who even throw catfish on the ice when possible (true story) at Bridgestone Arena.
Basically, everyone will find something to adore in Nashville.
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