1. LISTEN TO AN EARFUL OF HAPPINESS
(Laura Manske)

This Tennessee town has long been applauded for its nurturing and celebration of country music. It kicks-off the CMA Music Festival downtown once again—June 5th to 8th. And ABC-TV’s current show Nashville certainly shines a sexy spotlight on the fictional dramas of country divas. But Music City is not only about the Grand Ole Opry and country twang. Reborn, revitalized, reinvented—this Southern scene has sizzled into an increasingly feisty cultural stallion that bucks stereotypes. Vibrant chefs, out-of-the-box artists, edgy architects, energetic entrepreneurs, and innovative designers—plus plenty of rock ‘n’ rollers; classical, jazz, and blues musicians; ballet and modern dancers—have catapulted Nashville into an eye-opening, must-see destination.

Please click the pink gallery launch button (at top right or below) to zoom in on Nashville’s treasured oldies, fresh finds, and sassy surprises.

For more Nashville travel ideas, go to Visit Music City.

What have you loved about Nashville? Where have you most enjoyed traveling elsewhere? Where do you want to go? Please tell us in the comments below—we’d love to know!

Frequent globetrotter Laura Manske has visited most U.S. states, explored 70+ countries, and cruised 60+ ships. She loves to wander the world, unearthing travel joy, beauty, adventure, and humor through her camera lens and articles. Now, she’s sharing pictures and memories of her favorite spots on Parade.com.

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