Nashville is not likely to need very much introduction, even for those who are visiting for the first time. Not only is it the capital of Tennessee, but it is also the spiritual home of country music and the place where stars such as Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain achieved meteoric success.
'Music city' was originally called Fort Nashborough after the American Revolution war hero, Francis Nash. It was established as a result of its favorable position as a river port and hub for the railways.
The city saw plenty of activity during the wars and saw prosperity once again in the 19th century. This was when many of the larger, neo-Classical properties you can see in Nashville today were built.
Today, Nashville continues to hold its crown as the Country Music capital of the world. It also has thriving healthcare and publishing industries, as well as many excellent schools and universities.
Nashville Travel Tips
When you travel to Nashville, you will land at the city's International Airport, which is served by several major carriers.
There may not be direct flights to Nashville International, so you may have to catch a connecting flight from a nearby US city.
If you are already in the US, you can get to Nashville easily by road as it is served by three interstate highways; I-40, I-24 and I-65.
However, it is worth noting that Nashville is not served by Amtrak, so you will not be able to plan a rail journey into the city.
The best way to travel around the city from your Nashville hotel is to use the Music City Circuit.
This is a clipper bus that is totally free to use and also serves virtually all the downtown destinations you may plan on visiting.
Hop off at the Ryman Auditorium, the Bicentennial Mall or at the Country Music Hall of Fame. There will always be something along the bus route to suit anyone. It also means that you don't have to miss out on anything Nashville has to offer.
The buses also run until late and start again early each morning. It is perfect for a night out or those looking for an early start to exploring the city of Nashville.
Taxis are also available, while BusLink will pick you up and drop you off wherever you want to go for a small fee.
What to pack:
If you are heading to Nashville hotels in the Summer, you should pack your sunglasses and plenty of light clothing, as the city's subtropical climate means it is often hot and humid.
You will find that it rains a lot in the Spring and Winter so you should add some waterproof clothing to your suitcase if you intend to visit during either of those seasons.
While Fall is driest and much cooler than the Summer, it often sees lots of thunderstorms so be prepared to take shelter or cover up at this time of the year.
What to do and where to go?
This city is a lively and fascinating destination, so guests at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel Nashville should not run out of things to do.
Make sure you check out some live music at some of the local honky-tonk bars, as well as finding out about the history of the stars who have already passed through and made it to the big-time.
Don't forget to explore some of the parks and historical attractions. There is more to Nashville than rhinestone-studded catsuits and Fender guitars.
A copy of the Nashville travel guide will provide you with some more ideas to fill up your schedule.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The General Jackson showboat
The Life & Casualty Tower
Arts and Culture:
Tennessee State Museum
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center
Parks and Recreation:
Old Hickory Lake
Percy Priest Lake