AKA MUSIC CITY
Go for the music and stay for the food. Or vice versa – whichever gets you down to Nashville, Tennessee, the famed Music City, which fully embraces its country roots while making plenty of room for the new, raw talent.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-visit, as is the Johnny Cash Museum and the 2,362-seat Ryam Auditorium, the winter home of the Grand Ole Opry (from November to February). This may also be your first and only chance to visit an actual honky-tonk, and Lower Broadway is full of them, brimming with country, western, folk, bluegrass, gospel, zydeco and rock. Oh, and cold beer. And fried bologna sandwiches. Speaking of which, the city’s emerging food scene is starting to see some ink in the national magazines, featuring way more than just the southern comfort fare. Visit now while the crowds are down and the Predators are in action. Keep an eye out for Dolly. Head to Nashville.com and VisitMusicCity.com.