Music City Moments

20 miles to the north and a world away, Nashville is a town to be explored. Really a vast collection of distinct and unique neighborhoods, all blended together with big-city caliber cultural offerings, Music City is full of great museums, historic landmarks, art, architecture and glorious photo ops. And yes, music and the people who make it are everywhere.

Of course, there’s a lot to explore in other directions too.

Music Venues

Visitors to Nashville soon realize that the talent outpaces the opportunity – from cozy but legendary venues to even smaller dives and joints, you’re just as likely to find a virtuoso player or a still-under-the-radar band as you are on stage at the Ryman or the Bluebird. Just down the street from Southall at the restored 300-seat 1920s Art Deco Franklin Theatre, national musical acts and favorite movies are on the marquee most every week too… if you’re looking for live entertainment, you’ve come to the right place.

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Nashville’s museums take many forms: a Hall of Fame here, a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon there. The brand new Tennessee State Museum is not to be missed, nor are the historic sites that share the human stories that shaped our region, beautifully wrought through good times and bad. The Frist Museum regularly features world-class exhibits, and the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are equally notable.

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Pick an enclave or two and walk the boutiques – hip and historic in their own ways, neighborhoods like downtown Franklin and 12South boast a mix of on-trend boutiques and one-of-a-kind vintage and antique stores, while Green Hills, the Gulch and downtown Nashville offer global brands that can be a destination in themselves, from fashion to accessories.

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The wheels of the spoke around downtown Nashville point to neighborhoods that feature everything from antebellum mansions to suburban blocks full of Arts and Crafts, Tudors, Four Squares and Victorians that tell the architectural tale of the past 100 years. Mixed-use neighborhoods abound, from working-class gems to New Urbanist masterpieces.

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Art & Galleries

As Nashville’s star has risen in the fashion world’s sky, so has its art scene. From Franklin to Leiper’s Fork and throughout the Metro area, local artists have been recognized as among the most sought-after in their mediums today. Countless others are waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re a serious collector or just looking for a fun art crawl, you won’t be disappointed.

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Honky Tonk Highway

This is the birthplace of country music, and we’ve got the neon and rhinestones to show for it. No trip to Nashville is complete without a stroll down the Honky Tonk Highway. Lower Broadway, where listening doesn’t cost a thing and the party never really stops. It’s where many of the biggest names got their start, and behind every window, the next chart topper might be playing at any hour, day or night.

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