Tennessee’s state capital unleashes creative collaboration among musicians, artists, entrepreneurs and chefs through every fine-tuned flourish. Experience both the booming and backstage offerings of Nashville, whether in the form of a state-of-the-art craft cocktail or country concert. Fireworks at CMA Awards, Nashville Share a picture on Instagram using #madeintn. THE HOT LIST In spring 2017, the nationally acclaimed wax attraction Madame Tussauds will officially enter Music City with a music-themed museum twist. The new Nashville location at Opry Mills will celebrate iconic music figures through a guided tour. Main Street, Clarksville ICONIC EXPERIENCE Stroll historic downtown Clarksville, where charming blocks of 1870s architecture and locally owned businesses welcome wandering pedestrians and passionate history buffs alike. FREE ATTRACTION Discover the story of Tennessee’s art, history and culture dating back to prehistoric days, at the Tennessee State Museum, soon to move to an expanded new home overlooking Bicentennial Mall. Tennessee State Museum, Nashville LOCAL FLAVOR Grab a spot in the rustic dining room at 55 South in Franklin for down-home dishes and Southern-style bar snacks such as chargrilled oysters, garlic crab fries and po’ boy sandwiches. Or, try Southern food with a creative, upscale twist at Mo’Cara in Lebanon. THE UNEXPECTED Just outside downtown Nashville, escape to Cheekwood Art & Gardens, an immersive botanical retreat offering 55 acres of gardens, as well as a Georgian-style mansion filled with paintings, sculptures and the most comprehensive collection of Worcester porcelain in America. What an amazing city! So much to do, and so many stories to hear. The food is fantastic—I’d never had hot chicken before: delish! Grand Ole Opry was immensely fun. I had no idea what to expect, and it was a highlight. —Pamela Dittmer McKuen via Facebook
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