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Country music is synonymous with Tennessee's state capital, the rapidly growing city of Nashville, where the strains of the guitar and accordion are big business, drawing millions of fans to the city every year. Dozens of famous names in the music world have been nourished 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. It 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. Daily shows are presented here, and 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 supreme.
Beyond country music, Nashville offers historical interest in the form of the old Belle Meade Plantation, a centre of thoroughbred breeding and training in the past, as well as the Tennessee Sate 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, and for those who want to experience a bit of Tennessee's beautiful country scenery and rich wildlife, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park isn't far from Nashville.
Everyone, country music fan or not, cannot fail to leave Nashville with their toes tapping!
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Formerly known as Berry Field Nashville Airport (hence the IATA code BNA), Nashville International Airport is located eight miles (13km) southeast of central Nashville. Tennessee's busiest airport, it processes more than nine million passengers each year.
The airport was recently renovated, and now comprises the massive Robert C. H. Mathews Jr. Terminal, with four concourses and 47 gates. Nashville International Airport is an efficient facility with friendly service and smooth processing experiences, although like any airport it can be busy with long queues in the peak holiday season.
Flights to Nashville International Airport come in from all over North America, including Toronto, Boston, Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Seattle and Cancun.
Location The airport is situated eight miles (12km) southeast of downtown Nashville.
Getting to the city All transport facilities, both public and private, can be found on the ground transportation level entrance to the passenger terminal building. There are a number of bus and hotel shuttle services offering transport to surrounding destinations. Bus 18 services downtown Nashville from the airport. Taxis are also available 24 hours.
Time GMT -6 (GMT -5 from March to November).
Contacts Tel: +1 615 275 1675.
Car rental Car rental companies represented at Nashville International Airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty.
Facilities There are extensive facilities at the airport including a bank, ATMs and postal services. There are numerous restaurants, from grab-and-go foods to fine dining, as well as several shops. The airport also has art exhibitions and live music performances on the ticketing level, a children's play area, a meditation area and a massage bar, where professional massage therapists offer seated chair massages. Smoking is permitted in designated lounges located on A, B and C Concourses and outside the terminal building on all three levels. A business centre, in front of the C/D Checkpoint at Wright Travel, offers fax, photocopy and Internet services. There are good facilities for the disabled; those with special requirements should contact their airline in advance.
Parking Short-term parking at Nashville International Airport start at $2 for 40 minutes and $1 every 20 minutes thereafter up to a daily rate of $24. Long-term parking is $10-13 per day, and Economy parking is $3 per hour and $8 per day.
Departure Tax None.
Airlines Flights to Nashville International Airport are available via Air Canada, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Express, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, American Eagle, Southwest Airlines, United Express and US Airways.
Internet Wifi is available for a fee of $7.95 per day; there is also a wifi hotspot in the food court which offers free access for 20 minutes.
Business Lounges The Wright Brothers Business Center has fax and copying services as well as secretarial support. Meeting and conference facilities are available in nearby hotels.
Buses and trolleys ply the streets of Nashville, the Metropolitan Transit Authority running several bus routes from 5.30am to midnight each day. Bus 34 is the Music Valley Express that links the downtown district with Opryland, where it meets the Music Valley Trolley serving Music Drive. This service operates every 40 minutes daily between 8.15am and 6.15pm. There is a free trolley route, the Lunch Line, looping through the central city area between Second Broadway and Sixth Avenue. For sightseers a trolley leaves the Frist Arts Center on Broadway at midday and 2pm for a two-hour tour that takes in the main attractions. There are several taxi companies operating in Nashville, and the major car rental companies offer services. Driving in Nashville's small downtown area can be frustrating, but a hire car is useful for excursions out of town.
The home of the world-famous country music show, the Grand Ole Opry, is now in Opryland Drive in a vast 4,400 seat auditorium which is part of the Opryland resort complex north of Nashville's city centre. From here the world's longest running radio show is still broadcast on the Nashville station WSM (650 on the AM dial), featuring new stars, superstars and legends of country and bluegrass music performing live on stage. No visit to Nashville is complete without attending a show at the Grand Ole Opry, which has been going strong on the airwaves since 1925. Shows run throughout the week on different days and times. From February to October, the shows are hosted by the new Grand Ole Opry House while the winter run from November to January is hosted by the Opry's former permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman Auditorium housed the Grand Ole Opry shows from 1943 until 1974, when the Grand Ole Opry House was built with a much larger capacity. The provide some historical continuity, a large circular piece was cut from the Ryman Auditorium's stage and placed at the centre of the new Opry House stage.
One popular Nashville attraction that is not music-related is the Belle Meade Plantation, known as 'the queen of Tennessee plantations', boasting an 1853 Greek Revival mansion that has been carefully restored to show its original elegance. The plantation was founded in 1807 by John Harding, who brought thoroughbred racing and breeding to Tennessee from the commonwealth of Virginia. Despite a horse racing hiatus during the Civil War, the Belle Meade Plantation developed under Harding and in 1867 Harding held the first sale of horses bred on his farm. In that same year and the one following, he also won more horse races than any other man in the fledgling United States up to that point. Harding's son-in-law, General William Hicks Jackson, continued breeding thoroughbreds and managing the plantation after Harding's death. However, the economy was weakening and as a result, parts of the plantation were auctioned off bit by bit. By 1906, the entire estate had been auctioned off, including the Greek Revival manison.
Visitors to the plantation today can view the authentic Civil War bullet holes that riddle the old mansion's pillars. Among the outbuildings that survive on the 12-hectare (30-acre) site is one of the oldest houses in Tennessee, a log cabin built in 1790. There is also a carriage house, visitor centre, tearoom and gift shop. Tours of the antebellum furnished mansion and grounds are given by guides dressed in period costume.
The home of country music, Nashville is synonymous with entertainment and is anything but dull. With a music industry that keeps on churning out headlining acts, visitors are sure to have a toe-tapping good time when they hit the streets for a night out on the town.
Don't be fooled by the charming southern drawl, Nashville is not just about country music and visitors will find enough rock, jazz, bluegrass, country, and gospel to meet their musical needs. First stop has to be the District. A historic area of Nashville, the District boasts beautiful architecture and interesting old houses to look at, with trolley rides or a horse-drawn buggy both good options for taking in the area's sights and sounds. Crammed with nightclubs, bars and restaurants where country music reigns supreme, the District is the heart of Nashville's nightlife scene with Second Avenue's clubs and restaurants the focus. Printer's Avenue is one of the oldest areas in the District, also a good spot for a night on the town, as is Lower Broadway, home of the legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge where many an unknown country singer has been discovered. For a night out with a difference visit the Wildhorse Saloon where you can get in on free country line dancing lessons, head to the Mercy Lounge for a more edgy, laid back atmosphere, while the Tin Roof is a popular hotspot where live bands are hosted six nights a week. For party animals looking for a last stop before heading home, Orbit is a good bet as it keeps the dance floor and music going for die-hards between 3.30am and 5am.
For a more relaxed, suburban night out, look no further than Music Valley where you'll find the long-running country music radio broadcast known as the Grand Ole Opry as well as Nashville Palace and the Opryland Hotel, which has bars featuring live music while Five Points neighbourhood boasts some great bars and cafés for a mellow night out.