Visitors stream into Nashville year round to hit the honkey tonks, shop streets animated with live music and explore the generous number of well-groomed outdoor spaces in the city. Historical attractions in Nashville, many of them focused around the American Civil War, contribute to the healthy balance of leisure and culture found in the capital of Tennessee.

Among the attractions in Nashville, visitors can enjoy starry views of the sky at the Sudekum Planetarium at Adventure Science Museum, or browse habitats where leopard cubs and giraffes roam at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. The zoo’s expansive 200-acre campus includes a 19th-century plantation home and grounds that are open for tours.

History aficionados can learn about details of Nashville life by touring Belle Meade Plantation. The sprawling estate, founded in 1807, is located in the polished Belle Meade residential district and includes a pillar-fronted Greek Revival mansion, a carriage house and a log cabin. Downtown, the Tennessee State Capitol, still true to its 1859 origins, is open to the public, with artwork and exhibits detailing Tennessee history from the time of its earliest inhabitants to the American Civil War and beyond…

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