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Nashville's Top 22 Landmarks

August 08, 2022

Sure, Nashville is "Music City," but that's not all. After you catch the next hit song at a club or cafe, take a riverboat cruise, see a full-size replica of the Parthenon and explore historic mansions in this vibrant Southern city.

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Reasons to Love Nashville

If you think Nashville is only about music — we have news for you. Yes, this vibrant city is known for country music stars and up-and-comers hoping to be discovered when they play in clubs and cafes. But there's so much more. Browse our list of Nashville's top landmarks and experiences.

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Photo: Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

General Jackson Showboat

Start your Nashville experience with a cruise on the General Jackson Showboat, a replica of a vintage steam-powered riverboat. The daytime cruise features a stage show and lunch, while the evening trip includes dinner and live music. You'll get spectacular views of the Cumberland River from any of its four massive decks.

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Photo: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

The Parthenon and Centennial Park

The centerpiece of Centennial Park, a 132-acre public green space, is a full-scale replica of the Greek temple the Parthenon that celebrates Nashville's nickname, the "Athens of the South." It's listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The park includes a walking trail, art center, sunken gardens, a lake, dog park and more. Look for a 42-foot statue of the goddess Athena standing inside the Parthenon, just as she did in the one in ancient Greece.

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Grand Ole Opry

The world-famous Grand Ole Opry has hosted country music artists since its 1925 debut as a one-hour radio show. Weekly performances, now live, are still going strong. After you catch a show, take a backstage tour to peek into the stars' dressing rooms, hear stories about legendary performers and step into the wooden circle where big-name talents like Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl and Garth Brooks stood before you.

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