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Tip: Don't miss the following Nashville must-see tourist sites

CDI Strategies, May 16, 2013

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There's a lot to do in Nashville. First and foremost, when you think of Nashville you think of music.

This list isn’t all-inclusive but it should get you started planning your down time in Music City. We adapted it from the Nashville Visitor Information Center web site (www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/events/freenashville). Stop by the glass tower in the Bridgestone Arena at 5th Avenue and Broadway and talk to the staff. They have lots of brochures, a gift shop, and stage with props for a free photo op.
 
There's a lot to do in Nashville. First and foremost, when you think of Nashville you think of music.
This list isn’t all-inclusive but it should get you started planning your down time in Music City. We adapted it from the Nashville Visitor Information Center web site (www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/events/freenashville). Stop by the glass tower in the Bridgestone Arena at 5th Avenue and Broadway and talk to the staff. They have lots of brochures, a gift shop, and stage with props for a free photo op.
 
The much-awaited Music City Center (www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/events/mccgrandopening) will celebrate its grand opening on May 19-20. Guests can enjoy a free open house featuring live local music on both days. Phil Vassarand Ten Out of Tenn will perform on the east plaza on Sunday, May 19. Sheryl Crow will headline the free street party and concert on Monday, May 20. The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Fisk Jubilee Singers, and Mikky Ekko will also perform, ending with a finale of fireworks.
 
Lower Broadway, around Fourth and Fifth avenues, is Nashville’s entertainment district which includes the Bridgestone Arena, our conference hotel, the Nashville Convention Center, and various clubs, including Robert's Western World and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Both sides of Lower Broadway pump live music into the streets all day, every day. There's no cover charge but the tip jar gets passed for the musicians.
 
The Grand Ole Opry, at 2804 Opryland Drive, started as a radio broadcast and is now home to a weekly stage show with programs on Tuesday nights. Its first home was at the Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Avenue North). When the new venue was built, a large circle was cut out of the Ryman stage and placed into the stage at the Opryland site, so entertainers could stand on the same floor that countless musicians stood on through the years.
 
Gaylord Opryland Resort, at 2800 Opryland Drive, features nine acres of indoor gardens and waterfalls.
 
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, at 600 James Robertson Parkway, features a 200-foot granite map of the state, a walkway that meanders over its 95 counties, and 31 fountains representing the major rivers of Tennessee.
 
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Ave. South, features instrument demonstrations, dance lessons, musical petting zoos, letterpress art making, and more. If you plan to bring your little ones, children ages 5 and under get in for free.
 
For history lovers, visit Fort Nashborough, 170 1st Ave. North for a walk through the replica of the original settlement of Nashville on the banks of the Cumberland River, or visit Fort Negley, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd. where you can explore the largest inland masonry fort built during the Civil War.
 
In the round at the Bluebird Café, 4104 Hillsboro Pike, hosts weekly songwriter performances with no cover. Get an intimate performance with the unique no-stage setup from the people who have wrote the songs that you love the most.
 
Belle Meade Plantation is a 30-acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville. The mansion is the centerpiece of the estate and was built in 1853. The plantation grounds feature an art gallery, tours of the estate, and rotating Living History activities such as storytelling, period dance and demonstrations. Children under 5 are admitted free.
 
The second-ever North American exhibition of Light, a stunning outdoor art installation by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro, opens May 24, at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, at1200 Forrest Park Dr.
 
Of course, if you have the opportunity, taking a tour of a distillery could also be an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg is just over an hour's drive from Nashville and the George Dickel Distillery in Tullahoma is just outside the city limits as well.
 
No matter what you decide to do, support our host city and make sure you schedule in some time to enjoy yourself.



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