Nashville is a city in Davidson County and the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Called "the global capital of country music" or "the American city of music", Nashville is also an important shopping and cultural center. In fact, Dell, Nissan, and Saturn opened offices near the city. The city's music is diverse: Many rap bands (Young Buck, Haystak, Kings of Leon, Paramore and Ben Folds) consider Nashville their hometown, but the city is also the epicenter of the contemporary Christian music industry. The city has also hosted the Grand Ole Opry since 1925.
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Nashville is located in the center of the geographical region known as Nashville Basin, surrounded by the Cumberland Plateau plateau in the east. The region is characterized by a thriving agricultural sector and a great diversity of local fauna.
Nashville has fresh and relatively short summers and warm, humid winters and long spring and autumn periods. Winter temperatures are usually just above zero, and a fair amount of light snow generally falls from December to February, even though the big snow storms that fall 15 centimeters or more in a day are quite rare. Nashville can be subject to severe storms and tornadoes during the spring and autumn months. The summers are hot, but not more than the rest of the southeast of the United States with temperatures around 32 °C during the day.
Nashville was founded in 1779 and grew rapidly because of its excellent position on the Cumberland River. In 1806, it became the headquarters of Davidson County. Nashville was named the capital of Tennessee in 1843.
Like many cities in the United States of South America, Nashville was not immune to the economic hardship of the post-civil war, but the city quickly recovered. It took only a few years for the city to regain its important position for trade and to develop a solid industrial base. The post-civil war years of the late 19th century brought new prosperity to Nashville. These prosperous economic times have left the city with a heritage of large buildings in the classic style, which can still be seen all over the city center.
Since 1970, the city has grown enormously, especially during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of Mayor (former Tennessee Governor) Phil Bredesen, who has made urban renewal a priority, and has helped to build or restructure several landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the city's headquarters Nashville Public Library, Bridgestone Arena and Nissan Stadium.
How to orient
- 1 Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau , 150 Fourth Avenue North, ☎ +1 615 259-4730.
How to get
- 2 Nashville International Airport (IATA: BNA), ☎ +1 615 275-1675. Around 8km from downtown, the cheapest way to get to the city from the airport is with the Nashville MTA's Route 18 Airport/Elm Hill bus operating seven days a week from 7 to 10 p.m. The timetables are located near the welcome center near your luggage collection. BNA was the first US airport to authorize the sharing of journeys with dedicated areas for passenger loading/unloading. Passengers interested in these services will have to wait in a dedicated area at level 1 outside the main terminal.
- 3 John C. Tune Airport , 110 Tune Airport Dr, ☎ +1 615 350-5000. General aviation airport about 13 km from downtown Nashville
- 4 Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport , 278 Doug Warpoole Rd, Smyrna, ☎ +1 615 459-2651. 22 km south of the BNA.
Several main roads pass through Nashville: I-65 (north-south), I-40 (east-west) and I-24 (northwest-south-east). The many roads in some places are joined together and split without the kind of ramped channel, so it's always advisable to consult a map or follow a satellite navigator. The city is easily accessible from Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Louisville, as well as many other cities.
- 5 Greyhound , 709 5th Ave South, ☎ +1 615 255-3556.
- 6 Megabus. Service from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Louisville, Indianapolis and Chicago. The buses stop at the east end of 5th Avenue North between Gay Street and Charlotte Avenue, outside the Musicians Hall of Fame.