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You don't think of urban sprawl when you think of Nashville, but actually, it’s the second most spread out metropolitan city in the United States, covering 533 square miles.
Nashville is a low-lying city; the Cumberland River, which runs through it, is especially so.
The main thoroughfare through Nashville is Broadway, which dead ends at the Cumberland River. A lot of streets downtown dead end suddenly or change names, so carry a map with you.
The Cumberland River has five main bridges: the Gateway Bridge, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, the Woodland Street Bridge, the Victory Memorial Bridge and the Jefferson Street Bridge.
The Interstates are the fastest way to get around the city. There's the Interstate 40 (east and west), the Interstate 24 and 65 (north and south) and the inner Interstate 440 and 840.
In 2004, Nashville was ranked as the friendliest city in the United States. Thank goodness for Southern hospitality!
Nashville has four distinct seasons, with temperatures averaging a low 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 C) in January and a whopping 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 C) in July.
Spring sees Nashville's Centennial Park abloom with greenery, the state's official flower, the iris, and with daffodils and tulips.
Spring is the season of sudden downpours and tornado warnings. If you hear a tornado warning or siren, do not wait out the storm, seek shelter immediately.
In the winter, Nashville gets between an inch (2.5 cm) and three inches of snow, which usually freezes into ice sheets on the road. The summers are very humid.
Because Nashville is so spread out, it is best to hire a car for the duration of your trip. You can rent one onsite at the Nashville International Airport.
A taxi from the airport to downtown costs a flat rate of $22. In general, taxis start the meter at $4.5 and charge $2 per mile.
Nashville's bus service, the Nashville Metro Transit Authority, has an all day pass for $3.75, a bargain when compared to the $1.24 it costs for a single bus ride.
For discounted entry to Nashville's major attractions, first visit the Nashville Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 501 Broadway.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a $37 million facility, with more than 40,000 square feet of exhibition space. The three hour tour features one million artifacts, including Elvis Presley's gold Cadillac.
The Parthenon, a replication of the famous Greek building, houses Nashville's art museum.
It took eight years, onsite, to recreate the 41-foot (11-meter) statue of the Greek goddess Athena.
The mansion at the Bell Meade Plantation is Greek revival style, as is the State Capitol. Another historical house, the Belmont Mansion, is designed in the style of an Italian villa.
There are 50 lifelike wax figures of famous music stars at the museum. Outside of the museum there is the Sidewalk of the Stars, with more than 250 hand and foot prints of celebrities.
The "King of the Cumberland" riverboat, originally the General Jackson Showboat, offers Broadway style entertainment and three course dinners.