Welcome to Music City!
As far back as the early 1800s, Nashville was a growing centre for music publishing. But ‘Music City’ really picked up the pace In 1925, when radio station WSM took to the airwaves and began broadcasting what would be called the Grand Ole Opry. The station operated a clear channel signal which meant it could be picked up almost anywhere in North America. This secured Nashville’s reputation as a musical centre. The Opry is still staged live every week and is America’s longest-running radio show. It has ignited the careers of hundreds of country stars and membership of the Opry is still one of country music’s crowning achievements.
Nashville is also considered the Songwriting Capital of the World and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, which fosters the art of songwriting and artists’ rights, is headquartered here. The Bluebird Café provides a showcase for songwriters to perform their original music and hope to be scouted by a record label. Garth Brooks is one of many country stars who got their start at the Bluebird. Southwest of downtown, Nashville’s Music Row is considered the heart of the city’s entertainment industry. A collection of recording studios, record labels, radio stations, entertainment offices and other music-related businesses not only centre around country music, but also gospel and contemporary Christian.
Whilst music clearly defines Nashville, it isn’t the only story. Named after an American Revolutionary War hero, Francis Nash, the city quickly grew because of its strategic location on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River. Nashville also became a major railroad centre and in 1843 the capital of the state of Tennessee. Today, it boasts one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation. During the Civil War in February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops and was occupied for the duration of the war. The Battle of Nashville was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war. Andrew Jackson’s home The Hermitage, is one of the oldest presidential homes open to the public. Tour and find out why the USA's 7th president was nicknamed the 'People's President.'
History? Check. Music? Check. Nashville added to your next holiday wish list? Check!
Deep South Discovery – Heritage to Honky Tonk
Best of the Old South and New South
Backroads and Bayous of the Deep South
Journey South - New Orleans to Charleston
Tennessee and the South - Music and Mountains
Tennessee and the Deep South
Dixie Discovery Tour
Alabama Highlights Tour
Greatest Hits of the South
Kentucky, Tennessee and The Big Easy
Tastes & Sounds of the South - A Trafalgar Escorted Tour
Only In America...
The Music Triangle
American Duchess River Cruise - Nashville to Memphis plus New Orleans
Southern Delights - A VIP Guided Tour of the Deep South's Music Cities
America's Musical Heartland - A Luxury Guided Tour
Fontanel Mansion, Nashville
Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg
Natchez Trace Parkway
Nashville attraction package.
The Blues Highway
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Honky Tonk Highway
The 'Man in Black' immortalised at the Johnny Cash Museum
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford