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Nashville, Tennessee - Home of the Grand Ole Opry
There are many reasons to visit Nashville, Tennessee, whether it's to take a side-trip while seeing the fall foliage among the Tennessee mountains, to enjoy Nashville's holiday season decor, or to hear the best country music around at the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville is a city of wonder and excitement for all who visit.
As the state's capital and county seat of Davidson County, Nashville is situated beautifully on the Cumberland River among farmlands and rolling hills. Nashville is the largest city in Tennessee with an estimated population of 575,261 as of 2005. It is known as the country-music capital of the world. Nashville was settled in 1779 and in 1843, permanently became Tennessee's capital.
Interesting Facts about Nashville
There are many interesting facts about Nashville. For those dedicated coffee drinkers, it's interesting that Nashville is the home of Maxwell House coffee. The company's famous slogan "good to the last drop" was actually a statement by President Theodore Roosevelt after sipping a cup!
For radio music fans, the familiar "FM" radio we have today was first broadcast in Nashville. Also, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is far more than a plain structure. It is actually a wondrous work of architecture with one side of the building being a radio tower and the other having windows that look like piano keys.
Also, more than 200 of Elvis' songs were recorded at RCA's Historic Studio B on Music Row. The studio still has the red, green and blue lights that were installed to help Elvis get in the Christmas spirit while recording one of his albums! Another holiday fact is that Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779.
In downtown Nashville, residents and visitors alike can enjoy dining and live music, and choose from a vast selection of cuisine. Local boutiques, music stores and specialty shops keep the shoppers busy for hours. Nashville is known for its music, whether it is live blues or country music in one of the night clubs or classical music by the Nashville Symphony.
The Grand Ole Opry (http://www.opry.com/) is a must-see for country music fans. It's the longest-running radio show in the nation - since 1925! Visitors can also tour the Grand Ole Opry Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Nashville's State Capitol reveals Tennessee history through statues, and it's also where the graves of President Polk and his wife are located. The building is majestic with a neo-classical design.
Nashville Attractions for Families
Those on family vacation will find plenty of activities the entire family can enjoy. There's the Nashville Children's Theatre with fun plays for the younger kids. The Adventure Science Center is where kids can interact as they learn with more than 75 activities.
Families can take a fun tour back in time at Fort Nashborough, a replica of the original Nashville settlement. For even more fun, there's Grand Old Golf & Go-Karts.
At the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere (http://www.nashvillezoo.org/), families can see interesting animals, interact at the petting zoo and see a unique historic home and farm.
Country music fans, family vacationers and historians all enjoy touring Nashville. Visit the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site for more information about Nashville, Tennessee USA. (http://www.musiccityusa.com)