Plan out your free time by visiting the Nashville Travel site prepared exclusively for the AOSSM-AANA Combined 2021 Annual Meeting.
Thinking of a road trip this year? Did you know Nashville is a great destination to reach by car from several U.S. states and major cities? The chart below, courtesy of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, shows that nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population lives within 600 miles of Music City.
A few fun facts:
Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee. Nicknamed "Music City, U.S.A.", Nashville is the home of the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and many major record labels. Many notable musicians have lived or made their name in Nashville including Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Jimi Hendrix, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Shania Twain, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, and many, many more.
Nashville lies on the Cumberland River in the northwestern portion of the Nashville Basin. The population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area is 1,311,789, making it the most populous metropolitan area in the state. Since much earlier times it has been called the "Athens of the South", for its educational institutions and classical architecture.
Much of the city's cultural life has revolved around its large university community including Vanderbilt University. Other popular destinations include Fort Nashborough, a reconstruction of the original settlement; the Tennessee State Museum; and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The graceful State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation, while The Hermitage is one of the older presidential (Andrew Jackson) homes open to the public. The Nashville Zoo delights locals and tourists of all ages throughout the year.
Nashville has several arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, located in what was formerly the main post office; Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art; the Tennessee State Museum; Fisk University's Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries; and The Parthenon.
Although Nashville is renowned for being a major music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is health care. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. Other major industries in Nashville include insurance, finance, and publishing (especially religious publishing). The city also hosts headquarters operations for several Protestant denominations, including the United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, and National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.