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Sep 30, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

The United States is a country so large and diverse that a domestic trip can feel like an international one. Perhaps no regional contrast is starker than that between the casual West Coast and the decorous South. With its gentle yet dignified pace, signature drawl and profound sense of tradition, the American South is a veritable nation within a nation. Nashville, Tennessee is known as “The Athens of the South,” a moniker that refers to its proud heritage of higher education. This vibrant city also resembles classical Athens in its increasingly cosmopolitan character, its wealth of cultural outlets, and in the civic pride that is evident among its residents. Unless you’re a country music aficionado, Nashville may not be the first place that you think of when you’re planning a getaway, but with all of its charm, style and hospitality, it’s time that this undervalued southern gem got some attention.

How to Get There
Before you plan a trip to Nashville, keep these tips in mind. Each season offers its own advantages (spring and summer tend to be particularly warm and activity-packed) but weather can be unpredictable. Check the forecast in advance, but don’t expect it to be set in stone– be prepared for varied temperatures (a jacket for chilly evenings, for example), humidity and the occasional rainstorm. Commercial flights between Sacramento and Nashville will contain at least one stop, and consequently air travel time generally starts at about five and a half hours. Once you reach Nashville, you’ll find that many of the downtown attractions are within walking distance of one another, and cab services are available. However, since distances of 10 miles or more separate many attractions of greater Nashville, and there is not an extensive public transportation system in place, it is wise to rent a car.

For more on Nashville, be sure to pick up this month's copy of FoothillStyle. Check out the Distribution tab on this Web site for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.