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How to Make a Business Trip into a Family Vacation

Nashville

Nashville is recognized as the home of country music, and the tunes are accessible to everyone: Free country performances are held on the Opry Plaza before Grand Ole Opry tapings for the Great American Country channel.

Sights to see: Families will love the Frist Center for the Visual Arts' ArtQuest, where 30 interactive stations on changing themes teach kids about art, color and drawing through applied activities. Save some time to explore Nashville's popular downtown area, "the District"; the restaurants, shopping, and entertainment options appeal to tourists and locals alike.

Family fun: Hobnob with country stars of yesterday and today while enjoying a breakfast of biscuits and gravy at the Loveless Cafe, a Nashville favorite for more than 50 years (lovelesscafe.com). Then visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, where collections devoted to legends such as Willie Nelson adorn the halls. The museum also offers programs like weekly instrument demonstrations and songwriting demos as well as Q&A sessions with up-and-coming artists (countrymusichalloffame.com).

Off the expense account: The Gaylord Opryland Hotel has 9 acres of indoor gardens and canals that wind through the grounds. From $129. Info: 800-657-6910