Hiking around Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN
Favorite thing: This lovely park is located about 7 miles from our home in Nashville. We love to go here and walk. If you walk the entire circumference of the lake it is 2 1/2 miles..easy terrain..we walked it in 1 hr 20 minutes..we are trying to beat that...
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
Favorite thing: In my travels in Tennessee I spent a good deal of time in the rural parts of the state. I have driven the Tennessee portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway twice, spending the night along the route once, I passed through northeastern Tennessee once, and on another occasion I spent three days in the small town of Savannah.
East Tennessee is dominated by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Middle Tennessee is marked by the Cumberland Plateau, with its high flat areas bisected by steep valleys. The western third of the state is marked by the Gulf Coastal Plain which borders the Mississippi River.
Tennessee is a relatively poor and very agrarian state with it main exports being textiles, cotton, cattle, and electrical power; cotton and soybeans are also in abundance in the west. Tennessee has over 82,000 farms, and beef cattle are found in roughly 59 percent of the farms in the state.
Nashville -- The City
Favorite thing: Nashville, with a population of about 600,000 people, is the capital of Tennessee. The town, originally a fort, was established in 1779 and was incorporated as a city in 1806. In the Civil War, Tennessee was in the South, but Nashville quickly became the first state capital to fall to the North.
Downtown's main entertainment area is called the District, and it lies at lower Broadway and 2nd Avenue. North of Broadway id the city's largest concentration of government buildings including the state capitol. Nashville's AT&T building is just 33 stories high, but is the tallest building in the state.
Since the 1960s, Nashville's music industry, with a $6 billion annual impact, is the second largest in the country behind New York.
The Cumberland River
Favorite thing: The Cumberland River flows 688 miles from Kentucky, through Tennessee, back into Kentucky before draining into the Ohio. The river features 68-foot Cumberland Falls, one of the largest falls in the eastern US. Lake Cumberland is the deepest lake in either the Tennessee and Cumberland river valleys.
In Nashville, there are numerous recreational opportunities on the Cumberland River. The General Jackson Showboat and the The Music City Queen both offer cruises and charter opportunities.
Tennessee River and a mountain man
Favorite thing: I always thought the Tennessee River flowed through Nashville. I was wrong.
The Tennessee River actually flows south to north about 75 miles west of Nashville. The Cumberland River and the Tennessee River both flow into the Ohio River.
The Tennessee River runs 652 miles from Knoxville in eastern Tennessee, across northern Alabama, back through central Tennessee and into Kentucky before emptying into the Ohio River. From the 1930s to the 1960s the TVA built a series of nine dams along the length of the Tennessee River, as well as numerous dams on its tributaries, in order to generate electricity and create a transportation corridor through some impoverished areas of Appalachia. Today the TVA, a federally owned corporation, is America's largest public power company.
Favorite thing: Country music traces its roots to the 1920s in the South and Appalachia. The term "country" originated in the 1940s, in place of the older "hillbilly" music. Country's most famous instruments come from outside of America: the fiddle is said to originate in Ireland, the mandolin in Italy, the guitar in Spain, and the banjo in Africa.
During the Great Depression, radio shows featuring country music became popular. This boosted the popularity of the Grand Ole Opry, which began broadcasting in Nashville in 1925, and gained popularity i during the 1930s. The Opry's studios jumped around Nashville over the years, finally settling in the Ryman Auditorium in 1943, where it remained until 1974 when it moved to Opryland.
The Nashville Sound, a blend of pop and country, combined big band jazz and swing with the storytelling of folk and country music. This genre of country music originated in the 1950s in Nashville at the hands of people like Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, and Eddy Arnold.
Nasville is still home to Country Music Television.
Favorite thing: http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&lid=CTHDR
High up on the buildings of the Tennessee State University, they have placed a weather camera so that you can get real-time information about the conditions in Nashville. Press the link above to access the camera.
- Road Trip
Frankly speaking, I expected much more from this museum from seeing its façade. It might be explained by short time we have spent in the Pantheon (came too late and had only 30 minutes to run through the building). However, I felt excited to see the Parthenon in its real size and shape, it was almost like I visited Greece.
Also this museum is a good place for those who are interested in Greek mythology, for example me. Plaques in the museum give broad information about sculptures with some details from Greek mythology and names; although I think there could be more information than there is.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Cumberland River flows by through Nashville. It is 687 miles (1,106 km) long. It starts in eastern Kentucky on the Cumberland Plateau, flows through southeastern Kentucky before crossing into northern Tennessee, and then curves back up into western Kentucky before draining into the Ohio River at Smithland, Kentucky.
I had a luck to see a barge on the river. It is rare to see some type of commercial ship on the river of the United States.
The Partheon's history
The Parthenon building took its beginning in 1895 when Tennessee Centennial organizers lay the first foundation stone of the Nashville Panthenon made of plaster, wood and brick. In 1898 the majority of the building was moved or destroyed. In 1920 architect Russel Hart began the permanent concrete structure of the present Parthenon and completed it in 1925. As a museum the Parthenon was re-opened in 1931.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Nashville is putting my stamp on the city. I used to work here on my weekends from my job in Alabama. It was here that I built the last of the recording studios that I would do. It was a fun project and I am very happy to have been here and been a part of it all.
Favorite thing: I'm not really sure where to put this info but just remember that parking in downtown can be downright expensive. For like the first few hrs it will cost you an average of $6 to $8 so if you are staying in outlaying hotels outside the city just take the cab into downtown and just start walking. The sights and nightlife are within walking ditance from each other
Real Estate in Nashville: Downtown Demands
Favorite thing: This was a note I found interesting about Nashville. Most people know that a lot of celebrities and music stars live in or around the Nashville area. Mostly country stars and blues, its true, but its evolving into more. In the downtown area, lofts are being offered for sale more often now. One sees lots of renovation work going on above the restaurant or store levels. This reminds me more of Europe, where is rare to see an area which is only business district or shops, without having flats or penthouses above them.
These renovated flats and penthouses in Nashville will be extremely in demand I think, because the downtown area is very nice, lots of things going on, lots of colourful restaurants and peoples always. At 231 Fifth Avenue, for example, buildings offering such for rather moderate prices I thought considering what you get (great location of course!) private access elevators, exclusive parking, security, penthouses with courtyards below, specially designed kitchens and bathrooms. Sounds like this will be wonderful. I really like Nashville although I don´t visit as much as one would like, living in Europe, but if I had the cash, would love to have a flat always there for when I´m visiting. Prices are 119,000 to 699,000 at the moment. Should go up, when more people start buying, and more people seeing and wanting. If you´ve looked at my other tips, you´ll see many fotos of the downtown areas, and its very nice.
Favorite thing: On Broadway just doors from many other tourist attractions you'll find the Hatch Show Print Company. They have been printing posters and circulars since 1879! They have a large collection for all to see. And you can buy one for your wall.
From 1925 to 1991, the business was located at 116 Fourth Avenue North.Today, the shop operates as a print shop and graphic arts museum managed by the Country Music Foundation. In addition to reprinting historic posters, Hatch designs and produces, in historic style, new compact disc packaging, poster, and limited edition prints.
You are free to walk in and look around.
Hours: Open Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 10:30-5:30. Closed Sun.
Fondest memory: Hey, this is the REAL country music history.
there are many faces to Nashville
Favorite thing: Nashville is the country music capital, hosts many stars of other music genres who record in Nashville, has parks and history, and has more adult entertainment venues than any city its size I can imagine. (They tell me the best and classiest is Anthony's put I don't go to those.)
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