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5 Great Attractions in Nashville

Tuesday, 04 Jan 2011 10:17 AM

Warm southern hospitality, interesting gothic tales, and lush green farmlands are a few of Nashville’s numerous attractions. A history of country music is what makes Nashville tours thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.

Frequented by more than six million tourists every year, the “Music City of the U.S.” is on the must-visit list of every country music lover. Nashville is home to the famous Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Adventure lovers can have a wonderful time too, as there are many adventurous things to do in Nashville including hot air ballooning. You could also choose to go on a Haunted Nashville tour that will take you to all the spooky spots in the city.
When planning a trip to Nashville, try and plan your visit to the city anytime between April and October. Here is a list of Nashville attractions that could be included on your sightseeing list:
1. Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry: Sightseeing is incomplete without a visit to the two famous monuments in the city: the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. One important thing to do in Nashville is to learn the history of country music by going through memorabilia and collectibles like Elvis Presley’s Cadillac and Patsy’s Cowboy Boots in the Country Music Hall of Fame. It has the largest archive of country music and can be visited by purchasing a platinum package for $21 or gold package for $19.
A second important attraction in Nashville is the Grand Ole Opry where you get to see the largest running live radio program. This is one place where famous country musicians have performed. You may get lucky while touring the Grand Ole Opry and run into your favorite country music singer on the premises. The Star Walk, which commemorates the stars and legends of country music, is worth a visit.
2. Belle Meade Plantation: The Belle Meade Plantation, located at 5025 Harding Road, is spread across 30 acres of land. Called the “Queen of Tennessee Plantations,” this historic site has a beautiful mansion designed and built in 1853. It also has a carriage house (that now houses antique carriages) and a stable built in 1890 as well as a log cabin built in 1790. Plan a Belle Meade Plantation tour to learn more about the significance of American culture. Architecture lovers could plan a visit to the Italian villa style Belmont Mansion built in the 19th century. The mansion is an architectural marvel.
3. General Jackson Showboat:  One of the most enjoyable things to do during a trip to Nashville is to take a lunch cruise on the General Jackson showboat and enjoy a delectable southern buffet along with some good comedy by Tim Watson. You can also listen to amazing country music on the showboat cruise. The visitors can select a dinner cruise complete with a three-course meal along with live performances by famous country music singers.
4. Hermitage: Nashville tours are incomplete without a visit to the Hermitage, home to seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Built during the early 18th century, visitors can see the remnants of log cabins. The Hermitage has well-maintained gardens, a gift shop, museum, and a small restaurant. You can also visit Jackson’s tomb and the nearby Old Hermitage Church.
5. Downtown Franklin shop Nashville bonanza: Wrap up your sightseeing in Nashville with a visit to Downtown Franklin located just 20 miles from the city center. This quaint downtown is a shopper’s delight. Splurge on local antiques in the shops here and buy clothes from the trendy boutiques. If you are looking to take home some local treasures, this is just the place to shop.
The list of attractions in Nashville is endless. From finding memorabilia of your favorite country music star, to digging into mouthwatering cuisine, Nashville offers visitors delightful options to explore.

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