• Experience Nashville like a local with these tips

    2013-10-15

    Nashville, Tenn., may be known as Music City, but travelers of all kinds are heading to the area for more than just its tunes. However, many of them are unaware of all of the hidden gems packed away in this oft-overlooked city. Here are three tips for enjoying your first trip to Nashville to the fullest:

    Fit in a concert
    No discussion of Nashville would be complete without mentioning its music scene, and a visit to the city is not authentic without checking out these sounds for yourself. The Grand Ole Opry is one of the most iconic venues within the city's borders, but it's certainly not the only amazing site that is worthy of a visit. Venues such as small pubs and giant arenas offer live shows throughout the week, so be sure to check out a concert if you have the chance.

    If you don't find a show that strikes your fancy, consider at least visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The unique building is an architectural gem, and the exhibits on the inside provide a fascinating look at the evolution of country music. With paraphernalia from a few of the genre's biggest stars and plenty of informational tidbits as well, the museum is a one-of-a-kind look at an American staple.

    Make your hotel count
    When you're visiting Nashville, the hotel you choose is more than just a place to stay. Spots like the Gaylord Opryland Hotel or the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel offer top-notch amenities for visitors without sacrificing traditional Nashville style. With classic decor and some truly amazing architecture, these accommodations feel more like high-class attractions. On top of it all, many of the best options provide enough relaxing touches to help you kick back and enjoy your stay in the Tennessee city.

    Don't skip a meal
    Food may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Nashville, but the metropolis has a burgeoning culinary scene that can rival many other U.S. cities. More and more top chefs are making it a point to head to Tennessee and stake their claim in Nashville.

    The diversity of the population contributed to a wide range of new restaurants. Travelers who make it a point to step outside their comfort zone have an opportunity to sample cuisines from all around the world as they rub elbows with some of the biggest names in music. Soul food and Southern comfort foods are a can't-miss, so make sure you fit in a stop at an eatery specializing in one of these cuisines.

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