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Nashville see + do
They don't call Nashville "Music City U.S.A." for nothing. The art of honoring country music and its greatest practitioners has been perfected here, especially downtown, which is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Even if you're not a fan of country and western, you can't help but love the flashy displays of Dolly Parton's rhinestone-studded stage clothes and Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac. You can see music history in the making just a few blocks away at the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry's most famous home. Today, the theater hosts performers in genres across the board, from gospel to rock. Each June, many Ryman acts show up on the stages of the CMA Music Festival, held a block away on Lower Broadway, or at Bonnaroo, the massive four-day concert held on a farm in Manchester, about an hour's drive southeast of town. See our Nightlife section for more recommendations for catching live music in Nashville.
Not every activity in the Nashville area involves music. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts brings in major traveling exhibits from museums around the world, and Cheekwood's museum of art houses works from Andy Warhol and native son Red Grooms. History junkies enjoy the antebellum grandeur of mansions from the pre–Civil War era like the Belle Meade Plantation, and any sightseeing trip out of town should involve a drive through the green, green hills of Leipers Fork, the tiny (and wealthy) farm community 45 minutes south of town, near Franklin.