Things to do
Fondly nicknamed ‘Music City’, Tennessee’s state capital is famous for its performing arts scene. Home to some of the world’s best country and western music, venues range from the unpretentious Station Inn and Bluebird Café to the historic Ryman Auditorium. Visit RCA on Music Row, to see the iconic studios where Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley recorded their music.
Belmont Mansion gives visitors a fascinating insight into Nashville’s unique history. For those who like to see things for themselves, a great view of the city and its skyline comes from John Seigenthaler’s bridge. And, just along from the Music City Walk of Fame is – somewhat surprisingly – a life-size replica of Athen’s Parthenon in Centennial Park.
While Tennessee is arguably best known for its whiskeys, it’s also home to a number of excellent vineyards and wineries. One standout spot is Belle Meade, where tours of the 200-year-old mansion end with tastings. You’ll also get an insight into the building’s fascinating heritage – including its role as the birthplace of world-class racehorses.