Best known as home of the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Tennessee is often called the Country Music Capital of the World or Music City - though they have worked tirelessly to become a regional center of culture and commerce. Dell, Nissan and Saturn all have operations near or in Nashville and Young Buck, Haystak, Kings of Leon and Paramore claim Nashville is their hometown.
Nashville offers a variety of sights (besides the Grand Ole Opry or the Country Music Hall of Fame) to see including one of the oldest log cabins in Tennessee which can be found on Belle Meade Plantation. Bicentennial Mall features a giant map of the state, many monuments, fountains, a farmers market is also located here in season and some of the history contained here dates back to prehistoric times. Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art sits on fifty five acres (built by founders of Maxwell House Coffee) and features art exhibits from both Europe and the United States - they also have an admission cap for families which is a great budget saver - along with a breathtaking botanical garden.
For those who are fascinated by historical things you will definitely not want to miss the Hermitage - home to US President Andrew Jackson - this historic project was one of the first in Tennessee or the Military Museum - another budget saver with no admission cost - for displays that are based on all military equipment.
For those who love to be young in spirit you may want to visit Nashville Candy - first producer of commercial cotton candy and the Goo Goo Cluster (1912 - Standard Candy Company) - or visit the Nashville Zoo as Grassmere with an oversized playground, an aviary with feeding options and a stunning hand carved wooden carousel.
If you love to shop you’re going to have a wonderful time in Nashville! The Opry Mills (former location of Opryland Theme park) is mostly outlet stores - but there are so many more stores to visit - the Bellevue Mall, 12 South District, East Nashville/5 points and Grimey’s the best store to buy records in town!
If you have never eaten fried green tomatoes this is the time to do it! Head over to Arnold’s (avoid the pies) for a great meal of stewed chicken, fried green tomatoes and greens. If you are looking for something like a sandwich the best spot is Jersey Mike’s - and of course the usual 50’s style ice cream parlor Bobby’s Dairy Dip is one spot you will not want to miss! For those looking for something more upscale, you can head to Mario’s (a 5-star Italian Restaurant or F. Scott’s known as one of Nashville’s best restaurants featuring jazz along with the meals.
For those with an eye to the after hours scene head over to 3 Crow Bar, Red Door Saloon, The 5 Spot or Beyond the Edge - each offers a different atmosphere - for some ‘star struck’ sights check out BlueBird Cafe or Douglas Corner Cafe - full of those just waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for something open really late head to Cafe Coco which is open 24 hours (not a bar but does serve beer).