Nashville, Tennessee: it's earned the reputation of music city and with good reason. From the early settlers who fiddled in the 18th century to world-renowned music venues like Ryman Auditorium, the Bluebird Cafe, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Grand Ole Opry, it has long been regarded as the Songwriting Capital of the World.
Music lovers will enjoy the buzz of excitement along Music Mile. On Honky Tonk Highway, see were music legends Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson got their start. At RCA Studio B, learn how the music of Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton was created. Elvis recorded over 200 hits there. Speaking of Elvis, devoted Elvis Presley fans will welcome the opportunity to take the full-day trek to Graceland in Memphis. Graceland's Elvis Entourage VIP Tour provides front of the line access and entry to VIP exhibits.
Other not-to-be missed music attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Johnny Cash Museum, and the Music City Walk of Fame. In June, the 4-day CMA Music festival takes place.
In November, Nashville will be a who's who of country music as artists from all over the country converge on Bridgestone Arena for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the awards ceremony in which the winners of the country music Entertainer of the Year, Album of the year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year that have been selected by Country Music Association members will be announced.
Music is not the only draw in and near Nashville: Get a glimpse at the past by visiting historic plantations like Belle Meade and The Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson.
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