Nashville is not only the capital of Tennessee, it is also the capital of the country music world. Known as Music City, U.S.A., Nashville's top tourist attractions showcase its unparalleled country music scene past and present, but you don't need to be a big fan of the genre to enjoy a visit. Historic landmarks, excellent art galleries, and Civil War sites make cheap flights to Nashville a great deal for travelers of all ages and interests.
If you aren’t much of an amusement park goer or you have already stayed at one of the Opryland hotels, then you will be pleased to know that hotels in Downtown Nashville give you close and easy access to many of Music City's major attractions, among them the Ryman Auditorium. A National Historic Landmark, the "Mother Church of Country Music" opened in 1841, was the home of the Grand Ole Opry until the mid-1970s, and has hosted all the biggest names in country music. Take a self-guided, or guided backstage tour of this iconic Nashville venue, and you can even record and take home your own Ryman Records CD from the recording studio. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, notable as the largest music museum in the world, is also close to Downtown Nashville hotels. Visit to honor the legends of the genre and see an extensive collection of memorabilia including costumes and instruments. Nashville vacation bundles also appeal to history buffs as well as country music fans. Learn about the state's history as far back as prehistoric times at the Tennessee State Museum, one of the biggest state museums in America. Exhibits include Civil War flags and uniforms, artifacts and presentations about the Reconstruction era, and paintings by Tennessee's most-renowned artists. Another downtown must-see is the circa-1859 Tennessee State Capitol, one of the oldest working capitol buildings in the United States, where free guided tours are available. The building shares its hilltop locale with the tomb of President James K. Polk.
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