Feeling up for a pilgrimage to the home of country music? Nashville, Tennessee, is the undisputed country music capital of the world, with shows and concerts to get your toes tappin’, plus plenty of museums and tours (you can’t dance the whole time!). Your Nashville holidays will be full of excitement, natural beauty and great harmonies.
If you're a country music fan, the first place you'll want to check out is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where you’ll see classic memorabilia like Elvis Presley's Cadillac and Carl Perkins' blue suede shoes (but no, you can’t put ‘em on). Continue your tour at a showing of the Grand Ole Opry, the longest-running radio broadcast in the U.S., which has hosted everyone from Hank Williams to Dolly Parton.
Even if you’re not itchin’ to do the Cowboy Boogie, Nashville still has plenty to offer you, with a variety of live music, plus breweries and historic sites galore. Visit the Frist Centre for the Visual Arts, whose collection of works from around the world will please even the most jaded art aficionados. Then travel back in time with a trip to the Hermitage, the plantation of President Andrew Jackson where he died in 1845, and walk through its pleasant thousand-acre grounds.
Looking to escape the city on a day trip or two? Get a Nashville car hire from Wotif and check out the beautiful Tennessee countryside. Take a detour to Fall Creek Falls State Park, with its lush forests, plunging gorges and cascading waterfalls. Then head to the small town of Franklin, with its antique stores and boutiques, to kick back and recharge.
Nashville getaways offer something for all types of travellers, from foodies and partiers to those who love to shop. Head to the funky 12South neighbourhood and browse the shops for everything from designer clothing to vintage cowboy hats. For a more upscale shopping experience with standard outlet stores, try the Mall at Green Hills to the south of the city.
Once you've worked up an appetite, it's time to try some Southern cooking. Enjoy some “low and slow” cookin’ at one of the Music City's famed barbecue joints—remember, if ain’t got bark, don’t bite! (“Bark” is the delicious blackened crust!) Or, take a tour of all of American without leaving the city head to the Music Valley district for everything from buffets to burgers and ethnic cuisine.
When night descends, Nashville residents head to one of the city's many bars, lounges and nightclubs to soak up some live music. Infiltrate a pub crawl on the happening on Broadway, or try your luck on Second Avenue in the District neighbourhood, where local rock, country and jazz bands vie for attention.
Wotif has Tennessee holiday options for every type of traveller and every budget, from backpackers to jet-setters. What are you waiting for? Search Wotif’s Nashville deals to mix and match airfare and hotels, then practice your best line dance and get ready for fun.
Travellers listen up! There's way more to a holiday than just kicking your feet up and unwinding. There are new sights and sounds to explore!
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