By almost any measure, Nashville is an It City. Publications from The New York Times to GQ, Southern Living to Rolling Stone and Bon Appetit to Business Insider have sung its praises.

Nashville has so much to offer.
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Plan Your Trip to Nashville

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Enjoy Nashville. The #1 Travel Destination in National Geographic's June 2022 Travel Guide

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Discover Nashville

Nashville is eclectic and diverse. It has a bustling billion-dollar economy that offers equal parts urban sophistication and down-home friendliness. What else? Great live music (pick your genre). Endless entertainment options, including collegiate and professional sports. Incredible food scene with every type of cuisine. Beautiful parks, lakes, and hundreds of trails + greenways. Discover why The New York Times, Forbes, and Fortune rank Nashville in the top places to live and do business.

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Food & Dining

Nashville’s dining scene has grown dramatically in the past decade and is now regularly included on “best-of” lists by national publications. Home to a number of award-winning restaurants and chefs, the city’s ever-expanding food options include cuisines from around the world, as well as signature dishes like Nashville hot chicken and other Southern classics.

Parks & Greenways

Home to more than 100 stand-alone parks, and a quick drive to several national parks, Nashville offers many opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors. In addition to the nearby greenways, scenic hiking routes and historic riverfront, the Vanderbilt campus is itself a top outdoor attraction. An accredited arboretum, the university campus has more than 6,000 trees and shrubs, including nearly 200 different species.

Arts & Entertainment

Nashville has a lot to offer when it comes to arts and entertainment. Beyond the city’s musical roots, the local culture is enhanced by visual and performing arts, architecture, museums, historic landmarks, collegiate and professional sports, and more. You won’t run out of things to see and places to explore here.

Student Recommendations

Get the inside scoop on what it's like to live in Nashville, favorite spots around town, and other interesting insights. As a globally focused university, we seek to connect with new friends around the world. Get a glimpse of the Nashville and Vanderbilt experience from the perspective of our International students.

Visit Vanderbilt

We think you'll feel right at home here. Come for a visit and experience first-hand what life in Nashville is like. Our city is easy to get to (within a 2-hour flight from 9 of the 10 top metro areas including New York, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Houston, Washington D.C., Miami, Atlanta, Boston). To schedule a campus visit, contact the team of the program you are interested in.

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