Music City. The Protestant Vatican. Athens of the South. Nashville's many nicknames reflect its many claims to fame, from its role as the cultural center of country music to its abundance of churches and universities. As the largest city in Tennessee and the state's capital, Nashville is a hotspot of business, history, and culture. Its relatively mild climate makes our Nashville vacation homes an excellent destination any time of the year.
Nashville sits in the heart of Tennessee in the southeastern United States, about 200 miles east of Memphis and 200 miles west of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. The city grew up on the banks of the Cumberland River and is close to two lakes: Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake.
Country music aficionados will find no shortage of sites to visit in Nashville. Check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a show at the Ryman Auditorium, or watch a performance of the Grand Ole Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House east of downtown. Learn more about an American legend at the Johnny Cash Museum, then grab a drink at a historic honky-tonk bar such as Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
Head to Centennial Park and take a leisurely stroll through the grounds before arriving at a full-scale replica of the Parthenon, which includes a 42-foot-tall statue of the Greek goddess Athena as well as a permanent collection of paintings from the 19th and 20th century. If you're interested in antebellum history, visit the Belle Meade Plantation or the Belmont Mansion.
No visit to Nashville is complete without a bite of hot chicken, a spicy local version of fried chicken (non-meat-eaters might enjoy its fishy cousin, hot fish). Stop by Prince's Hot Chicken Shack for a taste of the original recipe. Nashville is also known for barbecue and a type of restaurant known as a "meat and three," where diners choose a meat entree and three side dishes from a menu of classic Southern food.
Whether you plan to feast on food, music, culture, or history, you're sure to love staying at one of our Nashville vacation rentals. Start planning your trip today!
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