Nashville, also known as Music City, is a dynamic metropolis featuring interesting restaurants, highbrow cultural institutions and professional sports venues usually found in much larger cities. Upon arrival, you'll immediately realize this town is different: It moves faster and talks a bigger game than other similar-sized towns. At the same time, Nashville's community spirit is characteristic of a friendly small town, a blend that makes it quite remarkable.
Weather and Seasons
Situated in the southeastern United States, Nashville experiences four distinct seasons, with relatively mild winters and sunny, hot summers.
Best Places to Live in Nashville
To get you started on your apartment search, here are some notable neighborhoods in Nashville:
Industry, Jobs and Education
A strong job market and booming economy make Nashville a popular choice for those relocating or just entering the job market. While it's a key player in the music industry, Nashville has a significance in publishing and healthcare as well. It also has great higher education, being home to several notable institutions, including Vanderbilt University and Belmont University.
Nashville Festivals and Events
Nashville is home to a number of annual festivals, including Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Music City Hot Chicken Festival, which celebrates Nashville's famed hot chicken. The CMA Music Festival, a four-day country music extravaganza in June, hosts nearly 200 artists each year.
It shouldn't be surprising that Nashville practically bursts with notable attractions. Many country music lovers make special trips to the city just to see a performance at the Grand Ole Opry or to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. High culture buffs can choose from a range of musical and artistic venues, including Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony and Nashville Repertory Theatre. If you're looking for music memorabilia, be sure to step into Hatch Show Print Gallery to see iconic concert posters from the past. You can purchase your favorite print to take home.
Free Attractions in Nashville
Searching for fun and free things to do in Nashville? These five recommendations will help you feel like a local:
Sports in Nashville
From downtown, head across the river to Nissan Stadium, where the NFL's Tennessee Titans fiercely take on their opponents every fall, or cheer on the Nashville Predators, the National Hockey League team, in Smashville. If you prefer baseball, the Sounds, a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play at First Tennessee Park.
Treat your kids to a day of hands-on exploration at the Adventure Science Center, check out white rhinos and spider monkeys at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere or head to the Parthenon, built in 1897 as a replica of the Parthenon in Ancient Athens. The city of Nashville has increased its focus on the public school system in recent years, with Williamson and Rutherford County School districts among the highest rated in the Nashville area.
Outdoor Living in Nashville
Although downtown Nashville sits on a plain along the slow-moving Cumberland River, most of the city is built into the hilly landscape that characterizes Middle Tennessee. In addition to hiking and biking trails winding their way through the city's wooded areas, outdoorsy Nashville residents can take advantage of nearby recreational areas. These include the public use areas along the banks of J. Percy Priest Lake, Radnor Lake State Natural Area and the "twin" Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. Resident golfers enjoy a day on the greens at the public Hermitage Golf Course, featuring two courses and considered one of America's top golf courses.
Nightlife in the City
Honky Tonk Highway is where to go for live music and nightlife in Nashville, home to renowned joints like Tootsie's, Robert's, and Layla's, where legends like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson have taken the stage. Popular with locals, Ryman Auditorium is an intimate spot for live performances.
Getaways near Nashville
Want to get away for the weekend? Nearby cities Knoxville, Memphis and Chattanooga are less than a three-hour drive. If your idea of heaven is the beach, make the seven-hour drive to the Florida panhandle beaches of Destin.
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