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BY SAM HATCHER

On August 21, an epic solar eclipse will sweep across the nation and Tennessee’s capital, Nashville, will be the biggest city in its direct path. Beginning at noon Nashville time, the moon will cross in
front of the sun and turn the day into total darkness for two minutes in the middle of the
three-hour celestial show.

Betcha a new country hit or two will emerge from this one.

The Music City will have a lot going on during this solar fest, but one of the best bets is the Adventure Science Center’s Music City Solar Eclipse Festival and Viewing Party adventuresci.org/eclipsefest. It features science and technology explorations,
activities, games, live music, prizes, food trucks and a viewing party.

Keep updated about all the activities the city has planned by visiting musiccityeclipse.com.

Located within a day’s drive of three-fourths of the U.S. population east of the Mississippi, Nashville has become one of the nation’s hottest places to visit any time of the year.

From country music to professional sports this “must see city” is a place where days begin with country ham and biscuits at the Loveless Cafe and end hours after the last call at Tootsie’s Orchard Lounge, the city’s most famous honky-tonk.

Nashville is where you’ll find The Hermitage,
home of President Andrew Jackson; the Grand Ole Opry; the Ryman Auditorium where the Opry got its start; prestigious universities including Vanderbilt and Fisk; renowned art galleries; and a stunning full
scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

A day spent here might include a tour of
the Country Music Hall of Fame, the acquisition
of a pair of cowboy boots from one of several stores
along Lower Broad, visits to a number of historic sites, and dinner at one of the city’s many award winning and nationally acclaimed restaurants.

Your itinerary could also include a major concert
at either Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena or the
relatively new Ascend Amphitheater all clustered and
conveniently located within walking distance of the
downtown district.

In Nashville, the stars are always out. We’re talkin’ celebs like Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Faith Hill and Tim Mc-Graw. Others calling Nashville home are Charlie Daniels, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, and many, many more.

Of course it’s also the place where legends in the industry like Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Boots Randolph and others etched their marks and are memorialized with museums, life size statues, and true to life wax figures.

So whether it’s southern cooking, honky-tonk music, county star sightings or celestial shows your yearning for, Nashville totally gets it.

For great places to stay, check out visitmusiccity.com

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