Greer Stadium © Brent Moore
Nicknamed the Athens of the South, Tennessee's state
capital Nashville, where the strains of the guitar and accordion
are big business, drawing millions of fans to the city every year.
Hundreds of famous musicians have made their name in Nashville
since 1925 when the legendary 'Grand Ole Opry' went on the air,
broadcasting weekly shows touting the talents of up and coming
singers. This all began in the downtown Ryman Auditorium,
originally a church, which became the music hall where the likes of
Dolly Parton and Roy Acuff first strutted their stuff.
Visitors still come today to visit Opryland, the
resort that incorporates the new Grand Ole Opry, northeast of the
city. Just around the corner is the Country Music Hall of Fame and
Museum. Fans also flock to the area known as The District, crammed
with nightclubs, bars, and restaurants where country music reigns
Beyond country music, Nashville offers many
historical sites such as the old Belle Meade Plantation, a centre
of thoroughbred breeding and training, as well as the Tennessee
State Museum, filled with exhibits detailing the entire state's
history from millions of years ago to the present day. The
Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original in Athens, houses a
fine collection of art. For those who want to experience a bit of
Tennessee's beautiful country scenery and rich wildlife, the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park is around four hours away.