Situated along the banks of the scenic Cumberland River lies the bustling metropolis of Nashville. Tennessee’s capital and most populous city, Nashville has become a center for commerce, arts, sports, academics and more in recent years and has seen its cultural influence expand exponentially as new residents have flocked to “Music City USA” from across the country.
Nashville experienced its largest ever population increase from 2010 to 2020 and is poised to continue growing in the coming years. Let’s explore a few of the amazing amenities that this vibrant city has to offer!
Arts & Entertainment
Known worldwide as being the birthplace of country music, 21st century Nashville has evolved into a dynamic musical mosaic featuring genres from across the musical spectrum. World-class performers showcase their talents daily in venues throughout the famed Broadway entertainment district where the numerous celebrities who reside in Nashville have been known to hit the stage as well. The ultramodern, 19,891-seat Bridgestone Arena hosts prominent national acts every week while historic venues such as the Blue Bird and the Grand Ole Opry continue to be major reasons why Nashville’s nightlife is ranked second-to-none globally.
Dining & Shopping
Several award-winning restaurants can be found throughout Nashville, which stages a month-long celebration of the city’s culinary accomplishments every February. In addition to traditional southern fare like hot chicken and barbecue, eateries offering exquisite cuisine from all around the world can be found in the neighborhoods of Sylvan Park, Melrose, SoBro, The Gulch, Germantown, Edgehill Village, Wedgewood-Houston and more. Nashville’s numerous shopping districts, meanwhile, include 12 South, East Nashville, Hillsboro Village and Green Hills as well as the store-laden downtown area.
Boasting a sophisticated public transit system, Nashville’s Metropolitan Transit Authority offers convenient bus routes throughout the city. Intercity rail is also provided by Music City Star—a commuter rail service running between Nashville and suburban Lebanon. With three major interstate highways (I-40, I-65 and I-24) converging near downtown Nashville, many major cities are well within driving distance including Tennessee-based Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville as well as out-of-state destinations such as Louisville, Kentucky to the north and Huntsville, Alabama to the south.
Nashville is also considered a gateway city for rail and air traffic for the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion, which includes the Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh-Durham and Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point metropolitan areas. Nashville International Airport serves 600 daily flights to more than 85 nonstop markets.
The National Football League’s Tennessee Titans and the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators both call Nashville home, as do Nashville SC of Major League soccer and the minor league Nashville Sounds baseball team. Nashville also boasts the second-oldest continually operating competitive motorsport racetrack in the United States in the form of the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway while the Nashville Golf & Athletic Club hosts the professional Nashville Golf Open every May.
College athletics are popular in Nashville as well with four Division I programs competing in the area—the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Tennessee State Tigers, the Belmont Bruins and the Lipscomb Bisons. Nashville is also home to college football’s Music City Bowl, held annually at the 69,143-seat Nissan Stadium. A Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event is held annually in Nashville as well, with the opening two rounds of a regional March Madness college basketball tournament bracket being staged in the city every other year.
Outdoors & Recreation
Nashvillians have plenty of options when it comes to getting out and enjoying the fresh air. Western Tennessee’s agreeable subtropical climate conditions afford residents the opportunity to engage in outdoor activities year-round, with cycling, jogging and hiking popular pastimes in the city. Edwin Warner Park, Percy Warner Park, Shelby Park, and Cumberland Park are a few of the picturesque public parks and gardens managed by the Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation, while natural bodies of water in the area such as Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake are popular destinations for locals to engage in fishing, water skiing, sailing and boating. Nashville golfers have plenty of options for hitting the links, as no fewer than 29 courses can be found within a 20-mile radius of the city.
Nashville is home to numerous colleges and universities, including Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Fisk University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Lipscomb University, and The Belonging Co College, a satellite campus of Southeastern University. The prevalence of postsecondary institutions in the city and its surrounding area has led some to refer to Nashville as the “Athens of the South.”
Equally as impressive as Nashville’s collegiate credentials is its public-school system. Metro Nashville ranks No. 1 in Tennessee and in the Top 1% nationally in diversity and—according to a recent U.S. News & World Report—the No. 5-ranked high school in the country in terms of academic achievement, Central Magnet, is located in the prominent suburb of Murfreesboro.
Sightseeing & events
A popular destination for tourists, Nashville has numerous attractions for visitors to enjoy. The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the General Jackson showboat are two of the many attractions of note located in the city’s Music Valley, with world-famous establishments such as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Honky Tonk Central also popular spots for music fans and sightseers alike.
Centennial Park’s Parthenon, a full-scale reconstruction of the original Greek Parthenon, is also a popular attraction for tourists, as are Ryman Auditorium—the "Mother Church of Country Music"—and the impressive State Capitol building. Major events that are held in Nashville annually include the Nashville Film Festival, the Rites of Spring Music Festival, the Iroquois Steeplechase, the CMA Music Festival, Nashville Fashion Week and the Tennessee State Fair.
In addition to entertainment and tourism, Nashville is also a major center for the healthcare, publishing, banking, automotive, technology, and transportation industries. Major companies with headquarters in Nashville include AllianceBernstein, Asurion, Bridgestone Americas, Hospital Corporation of America and Ryman Hospitality Properties.
Named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash, the military roots of Nashville run deep. Today, the city houses both the Navy’s Mid-South base and Arnold Air Force Base.
Trace Adkins (Singer & Actor)
Casey Atwood (NASCAR Driver)
Bill Belichick (Football Coach)
Mookie Betts (Baseball Player)
Kelly Clarkson (Singer & Talk Show Host)
Miley Cyrus (Singer & Actress)
Scott Hamilton (Ice Skater
Mike Judge (Cartoonist)
Alan Jackson (Musician)
Jeff Jarrett (Wrestler)
Kathie Lee Gifford (Television Personality)
Martina McBride (Musician)
Tim McGraw (Musician)
Brad Paisley (Musician)
Blake Shelton (Singer & TV Host)
Taylor Swift (Musician)
Justin Timberlake (Singer & Actor)
Dwight Yoakam (Musician)
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