Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Nashville Tourism & Vacation Information

From its humble beginnings as Fort Nashborough in 1779, to the thriving city we see today, Nashville is so much more than just Tennessee's state capital.  Over the years it has been home to US Presidents, the very first FM radio station and is known today as Music City, USA, the birthplace of country music.

Nashville City Info:

  • Second largest city in Tennessee
  • Land Area: 502 sq. miles
  • City-owned parks: 100
  • Number of radio stations: 15 AM; 19 FM
  • Number of television stations: 11

Nashville Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 28°F; July: 89°F
  • Average annual rainfall — 48.5 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 5.1 inches

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Nashville:

  • Atlanta, GA — 251 miles
  • Charleston, SC — 528 miles
  • Charlotte, NC — 405 miles
  • Chicago, IL — 456 miles
  • Dallas, TX — 662 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 206 miles
  • Miami, FL — 907 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 532 miles
  • Raleigh, NC — 516 miles
  • Washington, DC — 671 miles

Nashville Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911;
  • Baptist Hospital
    Address: 2000 Church Street, Nashville, TN, United States, 37236-0001
    Phone: 615.284.5555
  • St. Thomas Hospital
    Address: 4220 Harding Road, Nashville, TN, United States, 37205-2095
    Phone: 615.222.2111
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinic
    Address: 1211 22nd Avenue South, Nashville, TN, United States, 37232-1071
    Phone: 615.322.5000

Nashville Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

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Nashville Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

Nashville Famous Natives and Residents:

  • President Andrew Jackson
  • President James K. Polk
  • Bill Frist (Senator, Senate Majority Leader)
  • Albert Gore, Sr. (US Representative, Senator)
  • Albert Gore, Jr. (Senator, Vice President)
  • Alex Haley (Author)
  • Roy Acuff (Singer)
  • Pat Boone (Singer)
  • Rita Coolidge (Singer)
  • Jeff Gordon (Nascar Driver)
  • Brenda Lee(Singer)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Entertainer)
  • Tina Turner (Singer)

Notable Moments in Nashville History:

  • 1897 - Tennessee Centennial Exposition
  • 1918 - The Great Train Wreck of 1918
  • 1947 - First FM radio station, W47NV (WSM-FM), began operations
  • 1960's - Nashville sit-ins of 1960 Civil Rights Movement
  • 1998 - Tornado in downtown Nashville

Interesting facts about Nashville:

  • A replica of The Parthenon, the famous ancient Greek building in Athens, Greece, stands in Nashville's Centennial Park. Because of this, Nashville is known as 'the Athens of the South.'
  • The Maxwell family began the world renowned Maxwell House Coffee House in Nashville.  While staying at the Maxwell House Hotel, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed it to be 'good to the last drop.' 
  • The Maxwell estate is now a fine-arts center and botanical garden.
  • The driveway of President Jackson's home, The Hermitage, is in the shape of a guitar.
  • Retired Captain William Driver brought his trusty flag home to Nashville in 1837 and named it 'Old Glory' thus giving the American flag its nickname.
  • Technically, the Stahlman Building was the first 'skyscraper' in Nashville by virtue of the fact that it is more than 10 stories.
  • The first American winner of the English Derby was Iroquois, bred at Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation.
  • Modern thoroughbreds like Secretariat can trace their bloodlines to Iroquois.
  • The Grand Ole Opry was originally called, 'Barn Dance'
  • Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has been broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.
  • The nation's oldest African-American architectural firm, McKissack and McKissack, is located in Nashville.
  • The nation's oldest African-American financial institution, Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company, is located in Nashville.
  • The capitol building was designed by noted architect William Strickland, who died during its construction and is buried within its walls.
  • Nashville/Davidson County has a combined metropolitan government.
  • At one time, Nashville was said to have had a higher ratio of churches to people than any other American city.

Nashville Population and Demographics:

  • City of Nashville Population — 545,524 (as of the 2000 census)
  • Male - 264,095 (48.4%)
  • Female - 281,429 (51.6%)
  • White - 359,581 (65.9%)
  • Black - 146,235 (26.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native - 1,639 (0.3%)
  • Asian - 12,992 (2.4%)
  • Other race - 13,677 (2.5%)
  • Two or more races - 11,000 (2.0%)
  • Hispanic/Latino - 25,774 (4.7%)
  • 2000 percent population 18 and over - 77.9%
  • 65 and over - 11.0%
  • Median age - 33.9%
  • Median household income - $39,797
  • Median family income - $49,317
  • Nashville Metropolitan Area Population - 1,311,789 (as of the 2000 census)

Nashville Colleges and Universities:

  • Belmont University
  • Fisk University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Tennessee State University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Watkins college of Art and Design

Nashville Economy & Business — Notable Companies based in Nashville:

  • Hospital Corporation of America (A Fortune 500 Company)
  • Caremark Rx (A Fortune 500 Company)
  • Bridgestone
  • Community Health Systems, Inc.
  • American Healthways
  • American HomePatient
  • LifePoint Hospitals, Inc.
  • Corrections Corporation of America
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Dollar General
  • O'Charley's
  • Shoney's
  • Tractor Supply Co.

Nashville Hispanic Community Media and Churches:

  • El Crucero de Tennessee — Hispanic Newspaper
  • La Campana - Spanish newspaper
  • La Noticia — Hispanic Newspaper
  • Buenos Dias - Tennessee's Bilingual Publication
  • Radio Melodias - WNQM-AM 1300
  • Vultee Church of Christ - Hispanic Congregation — 895 Murfreesboro Pike
  • Iglesia de Dios Hispana — 1079 Easty Trinity Lane
  • Iglesia de Cristo Restauracion Elim — 2518 Nolensville Road
  • Iglesia Adventista Hispana - 7th Day Adventist Hispanic Church — 501 Brewer Drive
  • Hispanic Ministry - Iglesias Metodista Unida — 1360 Murfreesboro Road
  • Hispanic Catholic Community - St. Edward Church — 188 Thompson Lane
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The reba exhibit was wonderful. It is great to see and hear about singers and actors family history and how they get started in the business. It was great to see the older style of country music outfits and to hear some older country songs. The carrie underwood exhibit was amazing as well. I would recommend this to people that are going to visit nashville.
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-- Brenda Smith - Lucan, Ontario
Grand Ole Opry Country Music Show - Nashville
Great show, great seats! Was kinda cool to be part of live radio broadcast. The only comment i would have is to plan how you're getting there from hotel. We took bus from town (very cheap), but bus let us off at mall. We didn't know where grand ol opry was located from there so we panicked a little til we found out it was just on other side of mall. There are some nice restaurants in mall so plan on getting there soon enough to enjoy dinner before the show. We also took backstage tour immediately after show & well worth it. Came out through gift shop, was shuttled to where taxis were parked and was back at hotel in town in no time. Cab was reasonable, too.
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-- Judith Kettering - North Huntingdon, PA
Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tours
This was great also. It gave you a funny feeling to stand on the stage knowing that all those famous singers had stood in the same place and had all those lights on them just like you were seeing. It was cool!
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-- Rachel Lehmann - Billings, MT
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