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There’s nothing a trip to Nashville can’t solve.


Nashville, known as the “Country Music Capital of the World,” is well-known for its honky-tonks and music. Although practically every element of contemporary life in the global city is influenced by music, Nashville has a rich and colorful history. Most people are unaware that President Roosevelt coined the phrase “good to the last drop,” even though many are aware that the city was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779.

At the end of this article, you’ll have a good understanding and general feel of the music city’s interesting past if you are considering visiting.

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  • The downtown AT&T tower is nicknamed the Batman Building because of its resemblance to Batman’s ears!
  • You’ve heard about the Grand Ole Opry, but did you know that it is believed the iconic GooGoo candy cluster’s name stands for Grand Ole Opry?
  • That reminds me of a real claim to fame. Namely the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville’s world-famous weekly country music show. Before 1927 it was known as the WSM Barn Dance. Did you know that an estimated 6,024 songs are performed at the Grand Ole Opry each year!?
  • The Maxwell House Hotel (see the black and white photo), which had served as a residential hotel for a while, was destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 1961. Later, the location at 201 4th Avenue North was transformed into the ServiceSource Tower.
  • At RCA’s famed Studio B on Music Row, our much-loved Elvis Presley cut well over two hundred of his songs. Elvis once hung a string of Christmas lights in the recording studio to help him feel festive while he was working on an album. It is still there today.
  • Nashville is not only known for music. Because of the large number of educational institutions, the city is often referred to as the “Athens of the South”.
Travel Tip(s)

GooGoos is an awesome “souvenir” to take home. I always throw a few packets in the luggage just before we leave. Who can resist caramel, peanuts, marshmallow, and milk chocolate all in one bite-size? It’s a winner!

Most Popular Dishes in Nashville

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From left to right: Fried chicken, hot chicken, and hot chicken sandwiches.
  • What started off in the USA, is today a world-renowned meal. I am of course referring to fried chicken. There are so many variations on the original southern recipe. That said, you can’t go much wrong with the basic recipe of flour, seasonings, and then cooking it in vegetable oil. However, nowhere does it taste as good as in Nashville. So, don’t be blasé about it. Order fried chicken in Nashville and decide for yourself!
  • A specialty of Nashville (since the 1930s), hot chicken is often made of chicken parts that have been fried in cayenne pepper paste until they turn rusty red. It is typically served on white bread slices with coleslaw or pickles on the side.
  • Nashville’s signature sandwich is the hot chicken sandwich. It consists of fried, crispy chicken pieces that have been marinated and served on a toasted white bun. After being fried, a cayenne pepper-based hot sauce is applied to the meat, penetrating the crunchy exterior.

    Pickles, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, or a sour cream dressing infused with various herbs are added to temper the heat. One of the most well-liked regional delights, this hot sandwich is renowned for both its heat and flavor. 

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Be sure to meander in Centennial Park. The only authentic reproduction of the Greek Parthenon can be found in the park. It was constructed by the city of Nashville in 1897 for the World Exposition and is occasionally referred to as the “Athens of the South”. It is the highest enclosed sculpture in the Western Hemisphere and contains a full-scale copy of the statue.

Travel Tip(s)

Get the Nashville Attraction Pass – it’s absolutely worth it saving you time and money. The pass gives you guaranteed entry to:

  • Admission to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Nashville
  • Admission to RCA Studio B OR Hatch Show Print Studio
  • Admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame 
  • Museum Admission to Johnny Cash Museum
  • Admission to Patsy Cline Museum
  • Moonshine Tasting at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in Nashville


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The soul of Nashville never dies

Mind your manners

Putting your best foot forward when it comes to manners is an important part of the Southern lifestyle.

If you’ve watched Sutton Stracke (born in Augusta, Georgia, USA) on the extremely popular TV show, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you’ll be familiar with the southern lady’s famous quotes about manners. For example, “Anyone who doubts my exquisite manners, can kiss my exquisite derriere”.

Remember to always thank people, and don’t forget to use “sir” and “ma’am” when appropriate. Like, “yes sir”. 

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The ancient Maxwell House served as the inspiration for the 21st-century Millennium Maxwell House Hotel. Check it out. It’s also one of the more popular hotels to stay at while you’re in Nashville.