Vanderbilt University


This prestigious university was founded in 1833 by railway magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. The 330-acre campus buzzes with about 12,000 students on lush and leafy lawns. Just how leafy? The campus, home to more than 6000 trees, is a designated arboretum. Many trees are labeled, but you can also take a smartphone tree tour (

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1. Cohen Memorial Hall Gallery

0.48 MILES

Located on Vanderbilt's freshman Peabody College campus, the gallery showcases an array of rotating seasonal exhibitions.

2. Centennial Park

0.49 MILES

An easy 1-mile trail loops around a lake in this lovely 132-acre park, with the Parthenon anchoring the western horizon. Vast lawns beg for picnics while…

3. Parthenon

0.58 MILES

Built in 1897 to celebrate the state of Tennessee's centenary, Nashville's Parthenon is a full-scale replica of the Ancient Greece original, with a jaw…

4. Historic RCA Studio B

0.59 MILES

One of Music Row's most historic studios, this is where Elvis, the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton all recorded numerous hits. The latter did a little…

5. Music Row

0.68 MILES

Just west of downtown, sections of 16th and 17th Aves, called Music Sq West and Music Sq East, are home to the production companies, record labels, agents…

6. Fannie Mae Dees Park

0.77 MILES

A colorful dragon sculpture lurks in the heart of this busy park, luring hordes of small children eager to scramble over its serpentine back. There's also…

7. Belmont Mansion

0.99 MILES

The story of Belmont Mansion is the story of Adelicia Acklen, a Nashville socialite turned savvy businesswoman. One maneuver of note? Asking her second…

8. Frist Art Museum

1.27 MILES

A top-notch post office turned art museum and complex, hosting traveling exhibitions of everything from American folk art to Picasso, and as off-the-wall…