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Nashville Travel Guide


Nashville Introduction


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Nashville, Tennessee, is definitely country music and all that goes with it—cowboy hats and elaborate, custom boots, songs about heartbreak and crying over beer. Bumper stickers reading "Eat More Rhinestones" and "Viva Nashvegas" reflect the shiny, glitzy surface of Music City. But Nashville's repertoire is wider than many visitors assume.
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Nashville Geography


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Nashville's layout is relatively simple. Downtown sits on the west bank of the Cumberland River and is a major sightseeing and entertainment area. The core of downtown is "The District" for tourists, but every local just calls it "downtown" or "Lower Broad." This is the historic area that contains many shops, restaurants and bars. It spreads west from the river for about six blocks and encompasses a block or two on either side of Broadway, a major east-west thoroughfare. To the south is 12South, chock full of shopping, restaurants and more. North of The District, but still in downtown, are the state Capitol and Bicentennial Mall State Park, and "The Gulch" is bordered on the Broadway side by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts at 10th Street. Numbered avenues begin just west of the river and increase as you head west.  Click here to see the full Nashville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nashville History


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Like much of the southeastern U.S., the area around Nashville was inhabited by Mississippian tribes some 1,000 years ago. Stone tools, pottery shards and burial mounds have been unearthed around what is now the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall State Park. The region was a prime hunting ground for later Native Americans, including the Cherokee, the Chickasaw and the Shawnee. Fort Nashborough, the first permanent European settlement in the area, was built on the banks of the Cumberland River in 1779 (a replica of the original fort stands at the foot of Broadway). Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union in 1796, and the town—renamed Nashville—was later chosen as its capital.  Click here to see the full Nashville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nashville Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Nashville is full of sights for both history buffs and country-music lovers. Most sights are easy to get to: Many historical landmarks are located in the downtown area, and both Music Row and West End Avenue are nearby.  Click here to see the full Nashville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nashville Nightlife


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Above all else, people go to Nashville for the music, and there are plenty of nightlife spots to meet the demand. Country, of course, is the most common style, but folk, rap, rock, jazz, rockabilly and blues are also well-represented. If you really want to sample the spirit of Nashville, make some time for the many small clubs in the city. The performers you'll see there aren't likely to be big names, but they're trying hard to get there, and the level of musicianship is consistently high. One day you may get to say you saw them before they hit the big time.  Click here to see the full Nashville travel guide on Travel42 »

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Nashville Restaurants & Dining


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Nashville's culinary scene is teeming with creative genius with chefs from Atlanta, Charleston, Miami and other foodie cities opening restaurants in the city as well as plenty of local action. In fact, some in the foodie world are saying that Nashville is the new Charleston. New twists on southern classics pop up at some of the city's oldest establishments, and an influx of international residents in recent years has brought new flavors to the scene, from Korean and Caribbean to Ethiopian and Indian. You'll find Mediterranean fusion next to humble, southern meat-and-threes (one meat and three well-cooked sides), so there's something to tempt every palate and pocketbook.  Click here to see the full Nashville travel guide on Travel42 »

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