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Nashville Highlights

Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, is one of the South's most dynamic and interesting cities. Sometimes referred to as "Music City USA" (a nod to its history as a world reknowned music publishing and recording center as well as home to hundreds of musicians, songwriters and performers) or the "Athens of the South" (Nashville is also home to over ___ colleges and universities), the city features mild weather, acres of parks and green space (including some spectacular greenways), a diverse population and of course, plenty of music. In addition to music, Nashville is a major hub for the health care, publishing, and transportation industries.

Museums and History

Nashville can proudly claim a rich cultural life and history. Within walking distance from Vanderbilt Medical Center, you'll find Centennial Park, home of the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Athenian structure. This remarkable building houses an art and history museum, including the largest example of indoor sculpture in the West — a 42-foot Athena Parthenos. Centennial Park is also Nashville's first wireless internet park, offering free Wi-Fi Internet accesss.

Other notable art and history venues in Nashville include Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Fine Arts Center, the Hermitage (home of President Andrew Jackson), the Nashville Toy Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Tennessee State Museum and Archives. The area is especially famous for its civil war history. South of Nashville is the ante-bellum town of Franklin, site of the Battle of Franklin. In Franlin, visitors usually stop at the Carter House (at the site of the Civil War Battle of Franklin, although the battle took place over hundreds of acres) and the famously haunted Carnton Mansion, which doubled as a field hospital during the battle.

Located in Nashville's historic main post office (and a city landmark that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984) The Frist Center for the Visual Arts puts to excellent use its more than 24,000 square feet of gallery space. The Frist Center presents outstanding visual art from local, regional, U.S. and international sources.

World Class Performing Arts

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) is home to four professional companies - the Nashville Opera Association, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, and Nashville Ballet — and a community theatre group. TPAC offers a nice variety of touring Broadway productions, local theatre, and performing artists, speakers and comics. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, named in honor of the late Maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn who led the Nashville Symphony for 22 years, opened in September of 2006 and is home to the critically acclaimed Nashville Symphony. The Nashville Symphony perform more than 100 classical, pops and special concert events each season and will present recitals, choral concerts, cabaret, jazz and world music events.

Music City, USA

Nashville's musical riches attract over eight million visitors annually. At Opryland USA, you'll find the Opry House, home of Nashville's world-famous Grand Ole Opry. Or take a drive downtown (to Nashville's famed "lower Broadway" area) and see the original home of the Opry — the ledgendary Ryman Auditorium (a vastly popular venue for everyone from Annie Lennox to Green Day to Nashville resident Vince Gill). In the early years of the 20th century, the Opry emerged from Appalachia's bluegrass/gospel roots to become a mega-industry, fostering the careers of some of Americas greatest musical talent. Within a short walk from Vanderbilt, you'll also find Nashville's Music Row, home to recording studios, music publishers, and major record labels such as Warner Bros., RCA, Sony, and Arista. And if you're interested in learning more about the Opry's history, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.


The Nashville area is famous for its rolling hills, numerous rivers and lakes, and miles of off-the-beaten-path trails and roadways, perfect for hiking, canoeing, sailing, bicycling — pretty much anything you can think of. In recent years, Nashville has begun an effort to connect the entire city with a network of greenways, many miles of which are already in place. The city also features some spectacular parks including Percy and Edwin Warner Parks — 2,684 acres of forest and field and about seven miles southwest of Vanderbilt. And of course, the Great Smoky Mountains are only three hours east of Nashville by car; Chattanooga, with Lookout Mountain and the Tennessee Aquarium, is just two hours away. Plus, Nashville is home to many beautiful golf courses, both public and private.


No matter which sport your prefer, chances are good that Nashville has something to offer. The NFL Tennessee Titans, playing in east Nasville's HP Field Stadium, are known for big scores, great football and loyal fans (the Titans have sold out every game since moving into LP Field, in 1999). And even if Nashville winters don't provide a lot of ice skating opportunity, Nashville loves hockey — the Nashville Predators (playing in the Sommet Center) draw big crowds (breaking NHL expansion team attendance records), giving the city plenty to cheer. And there's baseball — the Nashville Sounds, an AAA team, make for a great day at the ballpark. And of course, Vanderbilt's sports teams offer plenty of excitement.

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