When people think of Nashville, three things instantly come to mind: hot chicken, history, and music. Food, culture, and entertainment... more » are the common threads connecting this city and its people, so it's no surprise that much of what you will experience on a City Highlights tour of Nashville revolves around food, music, and tours of historical sites like The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, the 7th U.S. president.
One dish not to be missed on a tour of Nashville is hot chicken. Unique to Nashville, this culinary tradition, made in cast-iron pans, includes big pieces of cayenne-coated fried chicken served with white bread and pickle slices. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack is a popular spot for this southern indulgence, serving the dish in four categories: mild, medium, hot, and extra hot.
Another mainstay on any trip to Nashville is listening to live music, which can be seen and heard every day and night of the week. The world-famous honky-tonks, located on Broadway, offer free live music 365 days a year. And with more than 130 music venues around town ranging from large arenas and concert halls to small intimate clubs, it’s easy to see why this is the city that “music calls home.”
Nashville is also a living history lesson. A must-see is The Hermitage where U.S. President Andrew Jackson lived in the 1800s. It is now a plantation and museum open to the public for tours. (The Hermitage is just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, take Interstate 40 to exit 221.) Also worth seeing in Nashville is the Parthenon, the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Wonder why Nashville has this reproduction? Nashville is regarded as the leading center of higher education, appropriately known as the Athens of the South, with several world-class universities including Vanderbilt located there.
Tip: If you prefer a little nature during a tour of Nashville, check out Edwin and Percy Warner Parks with well-maintained trails that wind through a very hilly terrain. The two parks are adjacent to each other, separated by Old Hickory Boulevard, and are located approximately nine miles (14 km) from downtown Nashville. less «