Nashville has earned the nickname of the Music City because it’s really the center of not only country music but many other diverse genres as well. Nashville is more thanmusic,however. It’s a city that’s growing quickly, many businesses are deciding to call it home, and it’s full of dining and culture opportunities.
Nashville is becoming one of America’s best travel destinations as well. The following are some of the many reasons you might want to include Nashville in your upcoming travel plans.
There are a lot of things to love about the Nashville culinary scene, but one of the classic staples the city is known for? The Hot Chicken. If you’re not familiar with it, what is Nashville Hot Chicken?
Nashville Hot Chicken is known for its spicy flavor. The chicken is friedfirst and then coasted in a dry, hot sauce. It’s placed on two slices of white bread and usually accompanied by a pickle or a few. Nashville Hot Chicken tends to vary from something like Buffalo chicken because Buffalo chicken uses a wet sauce.
So where are the best places to get Hot Chicken in Nashville?
Hattie B’s is the go-to in Nashville, but there are others that have cropped up along the way as well.
If you do go to Hattie B’s, be prepared to wait because the lines are long.
Is it really a visit to Music City if you don’t catch some live music while you’re there? Finding live music won’t be difficult—it can feel like it’s everywhere in Nashville. Deciding where to go and narrowing the list will be the problem.
There are sit-down, large-scale venues like The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman. There are also the smaller bars that stretch along Broadway where you’ll constantly hear up-and-coming bands throughout the day and night.
If you visit Nashville in the summer months, you can get your live music fix at Live on the Green, which is a free concert series.
Riverfront Park is fairly new to Nashville, and it’s located along the south bank of the Cumberland River. The Ascend Amphitheater is here as well, which is a beautiful outdoor venue hosting big names. Riverfront Park is around 10 acres, and it includes a greenway, trails and gardens, and the first dog park in downtown Nashville.
Third Man Records
Jack White launched the original Third Man Records in Detroit in 2011, and in 2009 opened a location in Nashville. Third Man Records includes a record store, the Third Man Record Booth, label offices, and the only live venue with capabilities to do the direct-to-acetaterecording.
When you visit Third Man Records, you can take a tour, and you may be able to see recording going on.
Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame is located in downtown Nashville, and U.S. News and World Report call it number 6 on their list of the best things to do in Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame has artifacts from some of the biggest names not just in country music, but music in general including Elvis Pressley, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash.
There is a wall with every gold and platinum country record ever produced, and there’s also Studio B which is where more than 35,000 songs were produced by legendary singers like Dolly Parton.
If you’re in Nashville, The Parthenon is a must-visit. This fascinating replica of the original Athens Parthenon is located in Centennial Park, which is an urban Nashville park. There is a recreation of the Athena statue, and the building and the statue are full-scale replicas.
The replicas were originally built for the 1897 Centennial Exposition. Now, The Parthenon is an art museum featuring a permanent collection of 19th and 20th-century American artists.
Belle Meade Plantation
If you’re a history lover, there’s plenty to like about Nashville including the Belle Meade Plantation. The Belle Meade Plantation is known as the Queen of the Tennessee Plantations, and it was constructed in 1853. Featuring Greek Revival architectural style, Belle Meade Plantation allows visitors to tour the home, with columns damaged by bullets that flew during the Civil War.
The grounds feature the Iroquois Steeplechase, and there are regular events held at Belle Meade Plantation in both summer and fall.
There are guided tours, and you can include a wine tasting and lunch on your tour if you like.
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