For the entire world, Nashville is the “Country Music Capital of the World”. The capital of Tennessee is, however, much more than that. In recent years, it has become a center for culture and tourism.
The city is served by an international airport which makes finding cheap flights to Nashville really easy. The city is a hub for American Airlines and a focus city for Southwest Airlines. Here are some of the things you can do in Nashville.
Take a walk on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge is a truss bridge spanning over the Cumberland River. It was originally opened in 1909. Now, it’s pedestrians only and reopened in August 2003. It is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world (960 m / 3,150 ft). It offers a spectacular view of the riverfront and downtown skyline. It is one of the city’s landmarks and is often seen in country music videos.
Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
No trip to Nashville is complete without visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It is run by a non-profit organization and its purpose is “to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences.” The Museum presents vast collections to illustrate the history of country music. Some of the Museum’s collections include: the moving image collection, the oral history collection, the still images and photograph collection and the artifact collection. School programs and museums programs are available. General admission is $19.99 for adults.
Listen to live music at the Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Café is a music club which opened in 1982. It is famous for the acoustic music played by both established songwriters and newcomers. In 2002, the Bluebird Cafe received an Academy of Country Music Award for Night Club of the Year.
Take a photo of the AT&T Building
The AT&T Building is a 617 ft (188 m), 33-story skyscraper which has been built between 1991 and 1994. AT&T has operated here since it was opened. Local television station WTVF Channel 5, although not using the office space, has two cameras atop the western spire, which are used to provide scenic views of the city. “The Batman Building” cannot be toured but taking photos of it during the night is a real treat.
Learn about the area’s history at Fort Negley
Fort Negley was an American Civil War fortification built close to downtown Nashville. The 1864 Battle of Nashville destroyed what are now the residential and commercial districts on the outskirts of the city. The fort was closed for years but reopened in 2004.
Have fun at the Music Valley
The Music Valley is a unique area, located close to downtown Nashville. It comprises fun attractions – General Jackson Riverboat, Cooter’s Place, Willie Nelson & Friends Museum, The Nashville Palace, Grand Old Golf, Valley Park GoCarts and A Tribute to the King – and offers live entertainment. There are hotels, resorts and restaurants to cater for the travelers. You can easily spend several days here, having fun in various locations.
Enjoy a meal in Midtown Nashville
Midtown Nashville is filled with restaurants, art galleries and interesting buildings. Plan to enjoy a meal in this area. You can choose among various cuisines, including Italian, Mexican and Japanese.
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