Nashville Sights

Downtown Nashville has much to offer in the way of history, music, entertainment, dining, and specialty shopping. It's also undergoing many changes. Music City Center, a new convention center complex, offers spruced up museums and streetscapes, with new attractions and hotels to follow.

To get a more complete feeling for the city, you'll want to explore the area beyond downtown, too. Among

the offerings are historic plantations, a variety of museums covering everything from art to cars to science, and some great places for kids, including the Nashville Zoo—not to mention the Grand Ole Opry.

The Cumberland River horizontally bisects Nashville's central city. Numbered avenues, running north-south, are west of and parallel to the river; numbered streets are east of the river and parallel to it as well.

In East Nashville, across the river from downtown, small shops and galleries are popping up among the restored Victorian houses. Micro-neighborhoods with shopping, dining, and new living spaces are developing all over the city, including 12South and the Gulch.

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Adventure Science Center

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Science is an adventure in this museum packed with hands-on activities, changing displays, and a flight simulator. The museum is on top...

Arrington Vineyards

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Beautiful views of the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee surround this 75-acre property co-owned by Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.

Belle Meade Plantation

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Known as the "queen of the Tennessee plantations," this stunning Greek Revival house is marked by the Civil War bullet holes that riddle...

Belmont Mansion

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This 1850s Italian-style villa was the home of Adelicia Acklen, Nashville's answer to Scarlett O'Hara, who married "once for money, once...

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

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Built to celebrate Tennessee's bicentennial, this beautifully landscaped 19-acre park includes a 2,000-seat amphitheater, a scaled map...

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

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Thirty acres of gardens at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art showcase annuals, perennials, and seasonal wildflowers. The...

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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This tribute to country music's finest is a full city-block long, filled with plaques and exhibits highlighting performers from the old-time...

Cumberland Park

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This park on the east bank of the Cumberland River at the foot of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge was designed especially for kids...

Grand Ole Opry

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This enormously popular radio show, performed in the Grand Ole Opry House, has been broadcasting country music since 1925. You can see...

Lane Motor Museum

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One's man passion for automobiles (and motorcycles) led to this collection of mostly European vehicles of all shapes and sizes, from...


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