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Nashville Attractions & Points of Interest

Nashville is a major tourist destination, and is known worldwide as Music City USA. There is a lot more to Nashville than just the music scene, and if you have time, here are some places you may want to visit.

In or near the downtown area

Parthenon
West End at 25th Avenue, Nashville, TN
Website:
http://www.parthenon.org/

The Parthenon is full-size replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon. Forty-six Doric columns encircle the building. The largest bronze doors in the world which weigh 7.5 tons each stand at the entrances and inside is Athena Parthenos, the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.

Vanderbilt University is virtually across the street from The Parthenon.

Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Ave. N, Nashville, TN
Website:
http://www.ryman.com
Originally built in 1892, and the site of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, the Ryman Auditorium is known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," the single most historic site in the world of country music.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Address: 222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN
Website:
http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com/
Discover the stories behind the music as you view over 3,000 stage costumes, original song manuscripts and musical instruments. Many of the personal items of music legends are on display including Elvis' solid gold Cadillac. Admission includes a visit to the historical RCA Studio B and the Music Row walking tour. Allow at least two hours for exhibits and the tour. 

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Address: 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN
Website:
http://www.fristcenter.org/
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a great place for art lovers. The architecture is magnificent and the interiors and decor lend the center a very upscale elite ambiance. 

Lower Broadway and Second Avenue
This area near the Riverfront is home to a collection of honky tonks, bars, restaurants and shops including world famous destinations like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Roberts Western World and The Hard Rock Café. There’s plenty of live music, great eats, and the true essence of Music City USA.

Off I-40 towards Knoxville (east of downtown) near the Nashville Airport

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Hotel
Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN
Website:
http://www.gaylordopryland.com
Hotels aren't usually tourist attractions, but this one is an exception. With over 2,800 rooms, the place is beyond big, but what makes it worth a visit are the three massive atriums and indoor river.

Suggestion: Park at Opry Mills behind the hotel and walk over to avoid the parking fee of $18 per car.

The Hermitage
Website:
http://www.thehermitage.com
The home of President Andrew Jackson was originally built in 1821. In addition to the main house, you'll visit the kitchen, smokehouse, garden, Jackson's tomb, an original log cabin, the spring house (a cool storage house built over a spring), and nearby, the Old Hermitage Church and Tulip Grove mansion.

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