As the state capital of Tennessee, Nashville is most famous for its country music heritage. And while there is a thriving music industry there, Nashville isn’t just about the music, though it is a big part of the city.
Nashville sits on the Cumberland River, in the central part of the state, putting it in a three-hour drive from Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Louisville, Kentucky. For retirees, the city is a tax-friendly destination, as Tennessee has no state income tax and low property taxes. If you’re thinking about moving to the Nashville area, there are 15 active adult communities to choose from.
When it comes to things to do, Nashville seems to have no limits. It really just depends on what you like.
Country Music Capital
If you are a country music fan or just a music fan in general, Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium, and many other world-class entertainment venues. The Johnny Cash Museum is also a great place to visit if you’re a fan of the outlaw country music star.
Speaking of museums, Nashville has a lot of them. Housed in the old downtown post office, the Frist Art Museum building is a work of art itself, designed and built in the classicism and the Art Deco styles in the early 1930s. The Parthenon is a literal reinterpretation of the Athens, Greece original in the middle of Nashville’s premier urban park, Centennial Park. There’s also the Hermitage, which was President Andrew Jackson’s home. The Tennessee State Museum has three floors and of exhibits devoted to the state’s history, and it’s free.
If you’re a car enthusiast, then you’ll love the Lane Motor Museum, which has the largest collection of cars and motorcycles in the United States. The Belle Meade Plantation is a beautiful 19th-century mansion that now operates as a museum, complete with a winery and a visitors center.
Dining and Shopping
When it comes to shopping, there are plenty of choices to explore, from the Mall at Green Mills to The Arcade Nashville to Opry Mills. There's also The Shoppes on Fatherland, Hill Center, and Nashville West Shopping Center. Each of them offers traditional and upscale shopping so you'll never be lacking for options.
The food scene in Nashville is also a big positive. Almost every type of cuisine can be found in the area, including Indian, high-end steakhouses, and of course, barbecue. Some of the highest rated restaurants include Hattie B's Hot Chicken, City House, and The 404 Kitchen.
There are a number of highly-rated communities in the Nashville area. Some of the most popular include Del Webb Lake Providence, Lennox Place, and Del Webb Southern Springs. Each boasts resort-style amenities, modern homes, and bustling social scenes at an affordable price.