Live music across the genres
The home of country music, Tennessee’s state capital is one of the best places in the world to experience live music. There are more than 180 venues in Music City, from the bustling honky-tonks to the intimate Bluebird Cafe, the Ryman Auditorium (a National Historic Landmark) and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony orchestra.
Art and architectural spectacles
Nashville’s arts and cultural scene extends beyond music, however. The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athens original, houses an art gallery in Centennial Park, while the Frist Art Museum hosts exhibitions in an art deco former post office. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is another crowd-pleaser.
Sports for all seasons
With ice hockey team the Nashville Predators (the Preds) making the finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup — arguably ice hockey’s most glittering prize — it is perhaps no surprise that locals love their sport. The city is also home to the Tennessee Titans NFL American football team, Minor League Baseball team the Nashville Sounds and professional (association) football team Nashville Soccer Club.
Republican-controlled Tennessee does not tax wages and is phasing out its Hall income tax, which is paid on interest on bonds and notes, and dividends on shares. The rate is 3 per cent for the tax year beginning January 1 2018, but the tax will have been eliminated by 2022.
A connection in every direction
Nashville is well connected to the rest of the US: Tennessee borders eight other states and the city’s airport offers flights to many domestic destinations, including New York and Los Angeles. International options include direct flights to London Heathrow. For a gentle escape, the Natchez Trace Parkway, a protected scenic roadway, stretches 715km south to Natchez, Mississippi.
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