Nashville is the home of country music. The history of Nashville starts at the Ryman Auditorium, which began as a church and later became the music hall for entertainers such as Roy Acuff, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams. Now, the Grand Ole Opry at Opryland has taken over where Ryman left off. The Opry is home to the "world's longest-running live radio program", which got its roots at Ryman. And just around the corner is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Nashville's "Music Row" is home to dozens of recording studios, music company offices and songwriting houses.
Other Nashville attractions include a replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon (inside of which are paintings from the 19th and 20th century) and numerous mansions. Visitors enjoy Andrew Jackson's "The Hermitage", Belle Meade and Belmont Mansion, to name just a few. Vanderbilt University is located in the heart of Nashville. If you need a little fresh air, Cheekwood is just outside Nashville. Its 55 acres of land and numerous gardens are a garden lover's dream come true.