Situtated on the banks of the Cumberland River, Nashville was originally a hunting ground for the Cherokee, Shawnee and Chickasaw tribes. The abundant natural resources and its riverside location attracted settlers and fostered economic growth. By the end of the 19th century, Nashville was a hub of transportation, manufacturing, and trade. Music performance, recording, and publishing have become mainstays in the local economy and have shaped the local culture. To this day, Nashville is affectionately referred to as "Music City." In addition to being the home of music legends, Nashville has become an essential business destination. We're the proud headquarters to industry giants like Nissan, Bridgestone, Dell, and HCA Healthcare. In addition, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center lead the area in education and medical technology.
As a popular vacation spot, the city offers a number of first rate attractions to visitors looking for history, art, or entertainment. The Frist Center for the Arts, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and the famous Parthenon in Centennial Park are just a few spots to visit. Because the music entertainment industry has attracted nationwide talent, there are literally live music performers every night of the week. These aren't just limited to are larger historical venues like the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman Auditorium, but can be found in the smaller bars and clubs up and down Broadway and Second Avenue.
If you like sports, then Nashville is paradise. We are home to NFL and NHL professional teams: the Tennessee Titans, and the Nashville Predators. Our own Vanderbilt University has competitive men's and women's athletic programs, and our minor league baseball team, Nashville Sounds, entertains fans during the playing season.