The following is one in a series of blogs prepared by the Convention & Visitors Bureaus of the 14 cities that are home to the universities of the Southeastern Conference. These blogs are presented to enhance fans' enjoyment of the rich history and culture of SEC cities across the 11-state footprint of the Conference.
Nashville is a city fueled by creativity and it can be felt everywhere you go, from the music-filled honky tonks on Lower Broadway to the sports bars and stadiums where fans flaunt their imaginative and over-the-top takes on team spirit. With something to fit every taste and season, Music City melds its authentic, iconic offerings with innovative new activities to provide a unique and memorable visit no matter what it is that brings you to town in the first place.
From Nashville's famed Lower Broadway to the expansive new Fifth + Broadway retail development and Assembly Food Hall on Upper Broadway, downtown Music City is the perfect place to kick-start an exciting trip, no matter the day of the week. A wide range of restaurants and rooftop bars stretch across downtown and offer opportunities to dig into must-try dishes like famous Nashville Hot Chicken, barbeque and hearty meat-and-three platters, as well as inventive chef-driven options and a variety of local spirits. A walkable city, each of Nashville's many unique neighborhoods tells a different story. Take a brewery tour in East Nashville, stroll through Vanderbilt University's campus in Midtown or indulge in meticulously crafted cocktails in Wedgewood-Houston. Nashville's deep history is also chronicled all over the city and ready to be discovered on tours at a range of museums that cover everything from sports and fine art to all genres of music and even European cars.
Widely known as Music City since the 1800s, every part of Nashville revolves around sound in both obvious and more subtle ways - just ask the Nashville Sounds, Music City's minor league baseball team. Many music genres can be heard 24/7, 365 days a year. Long recognized as the world's capital of country music, Nashville also boasts sounds of pop, rock, gospel, bluegrass, jazz, soul and others. With more than 180 live music venues, you can catch music mavens and songwriters all over town on any given night from intimate listening room shows to electric full-band concerts.
No matter what it is that brings you to Nashville, you're bound to leave inspired by just how much the city has to offer, and probably with some plans to come right back.