Posted on: June 13, 2021 Posted by: Riley Black Comments: 0

Heralded as Music City, U.S.A., and the country-music capital of the world, Tennessee's fast-growing capital city also shines as a leading center of higher education, appropriately known as the Athens of the South. Nashville has prospered from both labels, emerging as one of the South's most vibrant cities in the process. The District, the downtown area along 2nd Avenue and historic Broadway, has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with restaurants, specialty shopping, and entertainment options. The historic sites throughout the city-such as the Hermitage and the Belle Meade Plantation-add another dimension.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This tribute to country music's finest is a full city block long, filled with plaques and exhibits highlighting performers from the old-time favorites to the latest generation of stars, a two-story wall with gold and platinum country records, a theater, and Elvis Presley's solid-gold 1960 Cadillac limo. Tours of the historic RCA Studio B recording studio are also run by the museum. Their extensive collection of memorabilia and rotating exhibits make this an essential stop for any music fan or history buff.
Adventure Science Center. Yes, this is a space designed with kids in mind, but there are also several elements that adults can enjoy, such as virtual reality stations, planetarium and laser shows, and the Blue Max flight simulator. Popular "Way Late Play Dates" are after-hours events exclusively for adults 21 and older and features themes like Harry Potter and Star Wars versus Star Trek. The Adventure Science Center sits on a bluff making it a great spot to watch Nashville's Fourth of July fireworks during the center's annual "Red, White & BOOM!" event.
Fisk University Galleries. One of Nashville's best destinations for fine art is the campus of Fisk University, just north of downtown. Visit the Carl Van Vechten Gallery to see works by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir, and more. Elsewhere on campus, check out murals by Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas. For summer visitors, be mindful of limited hours.