This city has many names — "the musical capital", "Athens of the South", "Protestant Vatican"... And each name has its own meaning. Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee, which is a multi-faceted city in the southeast of the United States. Its not very long history is closely intertwined with American history — with civil conflicts, with racial segregation, and ... with music. Well, that's what has happened. It's believed to be the homeland of country music. Perhaps, that's an exaggeration. But it's an actual fact that this music, while retaining its inherent originality, has become part of the US music industry in Nashville. Nashville today is a Mecca of country.
Of course, Athens of the South is far from Athens. But even if you put aside everything that has nothing to do with country music, you can find many curious things in the capital city of Tennessee.
In 1826, the University of Nashville was established, and in 1833 the city's water supply system started functioning. In 1843, Nashville became the capital of Tennessee.
By the outbreak of the 1861-1865 Civil War, Nashville was already an important river port and railroad junction. In 1861, Tennessee joined the Confederation of Southern States. Defeat in the war was devastating for the southerners, but Nashville recovered quicker than others and developed successfully at the end of the XIX century. Then, the period of stagnation followed, but at the end of the XX century, the city experienced an economic boom again.
Nashville is considered to be the capital of country music. Back in the 20s of the last century, the city radio station was broadcasting country music, and the first recording studio appeared here in 1945. The city ranks second in the U.S. after New York in terms of recordings of musical programs, but first in terms of studios and concert venues. In addition, the city has a well-developed health industry (250 companies associated with medicine are located here), publishing, and the financial sector.
Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:
The best time to visit Nashville
In early June, Nashville hosts the largest, most iconic country music festival ever held by the CMA, the Country Music Association. However, the music festival continues uninterruptedly as Nashville has a wide variety of song performers whom you can meet in the pubs, bars, and streets all year round. That's the Nashville.
What should a tourist do in Nashville
- Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Its collection includes many exhibits directly related to American music (and not just country music). In particular, you can see Elvis Presley's guitar and his "Cadillac".
- Wander through the streets of the most musical quarter of the musical Mecca of America — Music Row. Song lovers will find many memorable places connected with country musicians, shops of musical instruments, and souvenirs (you won't leave here without a cowboy hat and boots, will you?) and many other fascinating things. And the very design of the streets is just music...
- Take a small tour of local bars and cafes: not for a "drink-and-go", but for delighting your ears. Almost every Nashville establishment like this has live music. Almost none of the establishments charge entrance money, but you can leave a tip for the musicians.
- Take a walk in Central Park and see the Nashville Parthenon. It is an exact and complete replica of the famous Parthenon in Athens. Thanks to this construction, Nashville is sometimes called "Athens of the South".
- Admire the Tennessee State Capitol. The building is performed in the monumental neoclassical style usual for similar buildings in the USA. Inside is the State Museum of Tennessee. It is also worth coming here to explore the wonderful park adjacent to the Capitol. There are fountains, beautiful statues, and a stone map of the state of Tennessee.
- Touch the history of the city while visiting Fort Nashborough. It was built in 1779 and is a complex of buildings from which Nashville began. However, not all buildings have survived since then; some are the result of reconstruction.
- Take a risk and try the "spicy Nashville chicken". Why take the risk? Because it's extremely spicy. And of course, you have to taste the local liquor, and whiskey is the first one. A few years ago, Tennessee allowed small-scale production of strong drinks, and now, you can find dozens of Kraft varieties in Nashville.