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SUMMERTIME IN THE CITY! The sun is shining, the magnolias are blooming and the streets are singing. That’s summer in Nashville. No better time to experience all that Music City has to offer. Centrally-located (Nashville is just a day’s driving distance from one-half of the U.S. population), it is an easy summer road trip. Whether you’ve got the kids in the car and are looking for some adrenalin-boosting water slides, are a music buff who wants to experience the Grand Ole Opry’s 85th Birthday Celebration or an art-lover eager to take in the Chihuly exhibitions and art galleries, Nashville’s playing your tune. Explore the following pages for a sneak peek of what’s on the schedule this summer in Tennessee’s capital, and then get packing. No matter which week you book a room, you’ll want to make sure you hop on the new free Music City Circuit bus, which will ferry you to the downtown tourist attractions. Need more suggestions? Just ask a local. That renowned Southern hospitality is for real. For more information on Nashville or to purchase a vacation package please call 800657-6910 or go to

MUSIC CITY HAS A HEART OF GLASS. Creativity has always

on the work of the Washington state based glass artist. The

and other local museums all in one trip. Packages also

been at the heart of Music City, so it’s no surprise glass artist

Frist exhibition runs through January 2, 2011, and the

include hotel accommodations. Call 800-657-6910 or go to

Dale Chihuly chose not one, but two Nashville art institutions

Cheekwood exhibition through October 31, 2010.

to showcase his one-of-a-kind creations. Many people credit Chihuly with making American studio glass the internationally-loved art form it is today. Both the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art offer different perspectives

Contact the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB)

Night owls can take advantage of long summer days to fit

to buy the city’s only combo ticket to both exhibitions for

in tours of both venues. Stay up late on Thursdays and Fridays

just $20, a $5 savings over buying each ticket separately.The

for Chihuly Nights at Cheekwood, the gardens are open until

NCVB also has vacation packages for art-lovers who want to

10 p.m. during the summer, and the Frist Center which remains

see Chihuly, the Parthenon, downtown’s growing gallery district,

open until 9 p.m.

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The Rules of Attractions. Where to start? That's the question often asked by visitors when they arrive in Music City. Don't worry, with so many options, there's something for everyone! From music, history, arts, sports and more, there's a new attraction sure to say "summer fun" to you. For the music buff: In May the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum expanded its permanent exhibition, "Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music." The second floor gallery has tons of new archival video clips plus info on contemporary faves like Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Other music attractions include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, RCA Studio B and daily tours of the historic Ryman Auditorium. For families: Buy your ticket to the expanded Nashville Shores and spend the entire day tubing down the new lazy river or surfing the waves in the new wave pool. Other kid-friendly attractions include the Adventure Science Center, Nashville Zoo and the Nashville Sounds AAA baseball team. For those who want it all: Music City's newest attraction is Fontanel Mansion. Opening in June, Fontanel includes the 27,000 sq.foot log home formerly owned by country star Barbara Mandrell, trails for hiking and biking, an outdoor music venue and a farm-centric restaurant. Other options for outdoors, food and history in one include Belle Meade Plantation, the Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson, Bicentennial Capitol Mall and the Nashville Farmers' Market.

MUSIC CITY! KEEP ON PLAYING. It’s right in the name: Music is the center of everything in Music City. From the singer-

famous honky tonks for more live music. Take in a performance of the Grand Ole Opry, this summer

Freedom Sing! ”The Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony, Trace Adkins and others join the fireworks, named the best in the U.S., along with the kid-friendly Family Fun Zone.

songwriters you hear in the airport to the citywide guitar

playing every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Among those

pick-shaped “live music” signs, no city offers you as many

headed soon to the Opry stage: Lady Antebellum, Wynonna,

places to tap your toes. If country isn’t your thing, Nashville’s

Dierks Bentley and dozens of other top country acts. If that

returns to the ultimate songwriting city July 26; tickets go on

got rock, bluegrass, classical and genres you haven’t yet

leaves you wanting more, try The Station Inn, the pre-emi-

sale June 7. To hear today’s up-and-coming songwriters visit

discovered on the summer program.

nent bluegrass venue or Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman every

the Bluebird Cafe for a night in the round.

CMA Music Festival is the place for country music fans to meet (and hear) the stars, June 10-13. Don’t miss Broadway’s

Thursday night in July. Celebrate Independence Day with “Music City July 4th: Let

Former Beatle and ultimate singer-songwriter, Paul McCartney,

Music City BBQ Festival, whips up live music and a tasty BBQ competition. For more BBQ, try Jack’s Bar-B-Que on Broadway.

Music City Keep On Playing