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  1. Showtime

    The largest showboat in the world, the historic 300-foot-long General Jackson cruises along the Cumberland River. (Heavenly Perspectives via Nashville CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Honky-tonk high

    Concert-goers enjoy an act at the 2006 CMA Music Festival June 8, in Nashville, Tenn. (Rusty Russell / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Fan favorites

    During the annual 'Fan Fair' in Nashville, Jim Hager of the TV show 'Hee-Haw' gives a fan a kiss. Thousands are drawn to the annual face-to-face meeting of musicians and their admirers. (Karen Kasmauski / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Original tunes

    Buffer Mitch Trentel finishes a guitar at the Gibson custom shop in Nashville. Gibson guitars are touted as the best in the world. (Bob Sacha / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Play it again

    Musician Tim Hadler stands holding his guitar outside Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a country music bar in Nashville, Tenn. (Catherine Karnow / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A state of awe

    State Capitol & War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. At the memorial, a statue of a lone warrior stands high above the plaza steps. Close by, is a black marble memorial wall with the names of Vietnam veterans from Tennessee. (Walter Bibikow / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Country history

    The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum illustrates country music's story through a treasure trove of historic video clips, recorded music, exhibits, live performances, public programs, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and more. (Timothy Hursley / Nashville CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Opryland wonderland

    Gaylord Opryland Resort Atrium is noted as America's largest non-casino resort. Spread across nine acres, this wonderland includes a natural indoor atrium with rivers, walking paths, lush landscaping, and waterfalls year-round. (Barry M. Winiker / Nashville CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Beale Street

    One of America's most famous musical streets, Beale Street is located in the heart of downtown Memphis and is 3 blocks of more than 30 nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

    Set in the city's historic Overton Park, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the region's oldest and largest museum. Its collection of paintings, prints and sculptures spans the 13th through 20th centuries and represents cultures from virtually every continent. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. National Civil Rights Museum

    Located at the Lorraine Motel, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum presents interactive audiovisual displays, life-sized replicas and actual artifacts to present an emotionally charged history of the American civil rights movement. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Legends in tune

    Taken at Sun Studio, this famous photo features some of the greatest performers in Rock'n'Roll history: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Wall of famous faces

    More famous musicians' photos at Sun Studio. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Memphis Motorsports Park

    The Memphis Motorsports Park Hosts the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Truck Series and the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Trolley to the mall

    Restored antique trolley cars ramble along the Main Street Mall and scenic Riverside Drive, connecting downtown area attractions, hotels, restaurants, and shops. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. The Pyramid Arena

    The Pyramid Arena, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, is one of the most uniquely designed structures on earth and hosts assorted entertainment and sporting events. A tribute to the city's Egyptian namesake in Egypt, this 32-story, 22,500-seat, is the third largest pyramid in the world. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Mississippi River Park & Museum

    This full-scale replica of the Mississippi River is just one of the many, popular points of interest found at the Mississippi River Park and Museum. The "island" also features an 18-gallery, interactive history museum, amphitheater, gift shops and restaurants. (Memphis CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
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Best Historic Hotel: Built in 1910 in the beaux-arts style, the Hermitage Hotel, 231 Sixth Ave. N. (tel. 888-888-9414 or 615/244-3121), boasts the most elegant lobby in the city. The marble columns, gilded plasterwork, and stained-glass ceiling recapture the luxuries of a bygone era. This is a classic grand hotel.

Best for Business Travelers: Not only does the Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Dr. (tel. 800/228-9290 or 615/889-9300), have rooms designed specifically with business travelers in mind, but it also has plenty of athletic facilities to help those same travelers unwind. Perhaps best of all, it's close to the airport and easy to find.

Best Hotel Lobby for Pretending that You're Loaded: Although the Opryland Hotel, 2800 Opryland Dr. (tel. 615/883-2211 or 615/889-1000), is a major Nashville attraction and draws all types of tourists and travelers, it will set you back a bundle to stay here. So, just do as everyone else does and pretend that you're a guest as you stroll the atriums and elegant lobbies.

Best for Families: With an indoor pool, a game room, and a tropical atrium complete with a stream running through it, the Embassy Suites Nashville, 10 Century Blvd. (tel. 800/EMBASSY [362-2779] or 615/871-0033), is a good place to bring the kids. Parents might also appreciate having a bedroom (and TV) all to themselves. The free buffet breakfast and in-room refrigerators also help cut expenses.

Best Moderately Priced Hotel: With its mountain-lodge lobby, the Holiday Inn Express-Airport, 1111 Airport Center Dr. (tel. 800/HOLIDAY [465-4329] or 615/883-1366), features style beyond its modest rates. It's also in an attractively landscaped office park that's great for jogging.

Best Budget Hotel: Located in the airport area convenient to Opry Mills and Briley Parkway, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 1100 Airport Center Dr., (tel. 888/287-9400 or 615/884-6111), is a good and economical choice for tourists.

Best Service: Whether you're here on business or to do the country music thing, you won't find better service than at the Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel, 2100 West End Ave. (tel. 800/23-LOEWS or 615/885-2200).

Best Location: If you're here on business or for a night on the town in The District, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce St. (tel. 800/HOTELS-1 [468-3571] or 615/255-8400), is your best downtown choice. It's connected to the convention center and is only a block from the Ryman Auditorium.

Best Health Club: Where else in Music City can you ice-skate, go swimming, and play tennis year-round? The Thomas F. Frist Centennial Sportsplex, 25th Ave. N. at Brandau Ave. (tel. 615/862-8480), offers all this as well as outdoor swimming and extensive fitness facilities. Several area hotels offer passes to the health club.

Best Hotel Pool: The main pool at the Sheraton Music City, 777 McGavock Pike (tel. 800/325-3535 or 615/885-2200), is fairly large and is situated in the hotel's quiet central courtyard. There's also plenty of patio space where you can spend time lounging. A smaller indoor pool is available for the cooler months of the year.

Best Views: The new high-rise Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt, 2555 West End Ave., (tel. 800/228-9290), offers birds-eye views of the Vanderbilt University football stadium as well as the Parthenon in Centennial Park.

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Best for a Romantic Getaway: With its opulent beaux-arts lobby, dark and romantic basement bar and restaurant, and comfortable, newly redecorated rooms, the Hermitage Hotel, 231 Sixth Ave. N. (tel. 800/251-1908 or 615/244-3121), is Nashville's most romantic hotel. Plus, it's only a couple of blocks from The District.

Best for Country Music Fans: With the Grand Ole Opry and numerous theaters showcasing live country music nearby, the Opryland Hotel, 2800 Opryland Dr. (tel. 615/883-2211 or 615/889-1000), should be the first choice of country music fans (provided they can swallow the bill).

For a complete listing of Frommer's-reviewed accommodations, visit our online hotels index.

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