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Dreams come true and hearts get broken daily in this country-music town, and you can feel the emotion in the air. Like nowhere else on earth, Nashville embodies those toe-tapping tunes that make us hoot, holler and cry in our beer. A university town (Vanderbilt) with a big dedication to the arts, Nashville is a fun place, brimming with energy. The live-music scene is spectacular — almost every bar features musical acts and, undoubtedly, some are the Next Big Thing. Catch a show at the illustrious Ryman Auditorium, or swill a beer at one of the many bars along Broadway.

Whether or not you dig the country music twang, spend a day ...

Dreams come true and hearts get broken daily in this country-music town, and you can feel the emotion in the air. Like nowhere else on earth, Nashville embodies those toe-tapping tunes that make us hoot, holler and cry in our beer. A university town (Vanderbilt) with a big dedication to the arts, Nashville is a fun place, brimming with energy. The live-music scene is spectacular — almost every bar features musical acts and, undoubtedly, some are the Next Big Thing. Catch a show at the illustrious Ryman Auditorium, or swill a beer at one of the many bars along Broadway.

Whether or not you dig the country music twang, spend a day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and you'll learn a lot about American cultural history (and you just might be converted to the cowboy side of life). At the Grand Ole Opry, now situated in Music Valley and surrounded by an overbuilt tourist zone, you can still catch some amazing country and gospel music acts, and the world-famous weekly radio show is now broadcast over television and the Internet.

Debra Landau
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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Nashville is the capital of TN and is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the music and is home to a large number of colleges and universities.
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Nashville is a fun, vibrant city year round. Mid-summer is the busiest time, so if you can visit in spring or fall, you'll encounter fewer crowds.