Best things to do in Nashville

By now, everyone is out of school for the summer or gets out within the next few days.  Summer is officially here and that means it’s time for the big travel season. There are many qualities that make summer the perfect time to take a trip.  The days are longer, which means you have more time to explore wherever you are, and the weather is beautiful, so you don’t have to worry about staying inside for extended periods of time. Summer just makes it feel like anything is possible. The perfect place to take a trip this summer is Nashville, Tennessee.  Located on the Cumberland River, this southern city has plenty to offer as a travel destination, especially if you are a music lover. Check out these fun things to do during your trip to Nashville with help from The Parking Spot: The Parthenon When you first hear the word, ‘Parthenon’, you may think of Athens, Greece, and you’d be correct.  What most people don’t realize is that a full-scale replica was built in Nashville in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.  The city has often been referred to as the ‘Athens of the South’, so it is fitting that it was chosen to be the center of the fair.  The building is located in the city’s Centennial Park and is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Music If there is one thing Nashville tourism doesn’t lack, it’s music. With one of Nashville’s most common nicknames being the ‘Music City’, you’ll be hard pressed to find a bar that doesn’t have a live band.  The city is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as well as the CMA Music Festival.  If you’re looking for live country music, there are several venues that feature it almost daily in an area referred to as ‘The District’.  If you prefer Christian pop, rock, or gospel music, there are venues all across an area called ‘Music Row’ that will have exactly what you want.  While Nashville isn’t as well known for its jazz music, it can also be found in several areas of the city. Culture and Tourism If you are looking for historical sites to visit while you’re in Nashville, make sure to check out Fort Negley.  Fort Negley originally belonged to the Confederates during the Civil War, but was eventually abandoned and taken over by Union forces in 1862.  Since then, the fort has been partially restored and is open to tourists. Additionally, Nashville offers the Nashville Opera and Ballet for performing arts lovers. The city has also fostered a ‘foodie’ culture and has a few types of popular local dishes including hot chicken, hot fish, barbeque and meat and three.  ‘Meat and Three’ is a local option where diners pick from a selection of a few meat choices, usually fried chicken, country ham, beef or meatloaf, and then choose three sides. Don’t let the summer pass by without doing something that will create a lasting memory.  Take advantage of the warm weather and plan a fun and relaxing vacation to Nashville before it’s too late.    
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