Tucked away in the South, Nashville is one of America's most beautiful cities known for its stunning architecture, amazing food, and — most of all — original, authentic country music. Nashville is a popular destination for serious musicians considering a move and wanting to make it big in the country scene.
Many of the bigger clubs off of Broadway offer songwriters a place to show off their talents. Nashville, after all, is not only a music destination but a songwriter's dream.
Nashville is also a great destination for family vacations, whether the kids are young or much older. There are all sorts of attractions that make Music City famous, from the Blue Bird Cafe, the ultimate country music venue, to the world-famous Country Music Hall of Fame, home to some of the country's most famous artists. It offers a wide variety of exhibitions, concerts, and other special events, as well as a museum of Nashville history. The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium are also must-visits.
Many of Nashville's historic attractions are of outstanding architectural style, and their location on the Cumberland River makes them scenic and accessible. The Tennessee State Capitol building is located in the heart of the city, just blocks from Music City Center, and is well worth a visit during the day. It's the oldest building in Tennessee, built between 1849 and 1851, and is a national historic landmark.
Nashville became an important commercial center for goods going from the South to the East Coast and was an extremely important distribution center for supplies due to the newly established rail connections between Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta.
Nashville is often referred to as "the Athens of the South" because it is home to Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, American Baptist University, and many others. Many of the campuses have become embedded in the lush landscape of Music City.
In the past, Nashville had a huge focus on jazz, and that still exists today, but Nashville also has helped develop many other genres of music, including blues, country, and rock 'n' roll.