Nashville Quick Guide
What was once a fort and military stronghold is now a major music Mecca of the New South. During the Civil War, the Battle of Nashville was fought here on two December days in 1864; the city later became a battleground for the fight for civil rights.
Today, the music that's made here is as varied as the cultures represented. Still, Nashville has remained true to its country music roots and is the home of museums, festivals and a number of venues that celebrate the genre.
In addition to being a thriving center of music production second only to New York, Nashville's economy is also buoyed by automotive, health care services, insurance, and publishing.
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, or "Metro," provides citizens with policing and other life safety services, as well as water, power and other utilities. The Metro Customer Service Center is located at 1417 Murfreesboro Rd. Citizens in the Nashville metro area can reach the department by simply dialing 311, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Getting Around or Getting Away
Map your driving directions to Downtown Nashville from areas such as Belle Meade or Historic Edgewood.
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Where to Go in Nashville
For a taste of history, visit the Tennessee State Museum, which features exhibits of arts, crafts and other artifacts that chronicle the Volunteer State's rich history.
Nashville also figures prominently in the history of thoroughbred champions such as Barbaro and Seabiscuit, whose lineage can be traced back to the Belle Meade Plantation. Tours of the mansion and grounds are held six days a week and are guided by docents in period dress.
And no visit to Nashville would be complete without paying homage to the city's country music heritage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In addition to an impressive collection of music artifacts, visitors to the museum can also experience interactive displays and even live music performances.
Things to Do in Nashville
Try a new cuisine, find a new hangout or take up a new hobby. It's easy to find new places to go in Nashville.
Nashville's collective palate is as varied as the music you'll find here, and just as good. The Bound'ry Restaurant on 20th Avenue South, also known as "Music Row," features eclectic fare such as Lobster BLT Pizza and "Large Plate" entrees such as the Australian Ostrich. Want something a little more traditional? Arnold's Country Kitchen over on 8th Avenue South serves up a variety of "Meat'n'Three" plates designed to satisfy the craving for comfort food.
As for music, whether you like jazz, country or Christian pop, Nashville has it, and you're likely to find a live show at any number of entertainment venues in town, including the historic Grand Old Opry, which many consider to be the "home of American music."
If sports action is more your speed, get your tickets for a Tennessee Titans football game.
Popular Nashville Attractions
- Centennial Part - The Parthenon
- Frist Center for Visual Arts
- Hermitage-Andre Jackson Home
- Ryman Auditorium and Museum