In May I continued my mission to visit different parts of the USA and headed to Nashville, Tennessee, capital of country music. The aim really was just to see a live performance at The Grand Ole Opry but as I learnt more about Nashville, extended my stay in order to really immerse in this ‘Music City’. I am so glad I did!
There is so much to see and do. Citizens of Nashville are extremely welcoming and friendly and always willing to offer help and advice. It is an easy city to drive in and I had no trouble in finding my way around. A good start in any city is a tour, and the excellent Hop On Hop Off tour of downtown Nashville is recommended to see all the major sights including the State Capitol building, Centennial Park, Music Row, The Ryman Auditorium and The Country Music Hall of Fame.
On Broadway, numerous bars with live bands playing can be found and whether you are a country music fan or not, you’ll find it hard to stop your feet tapping along with the beat while you enjoy a cold drink and maybe a bite to eat. What did surprise me about Nashville was the amount of history and sights to see, including beautiful plantation houses, wineries, the Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, 7th president of the USA and boat tours on the Cumberland River (take a trip out of town if you want to enjoy the scenery and wildlife).
Of course no trip to Nashville would be complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry. Even if your visit doesn’t coincide with a well known name, it’s a unique experience. The whole experience very different from anything here and truly entertaining. A week in this friendly city wasn’t enough for all it has to offer so I am sure I will be going back.
There is so much more of Tennessee to see; Memphis, Chattanooga and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to name a few!