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The race for the White House is heading south to Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday for the second presidential debate. It's definitely a country-music town, but its ties to Elvis Presley give it a little rockin' kick, too. Here are five things to do in and around Nashville:


Feel the fame : The Country Music Hall of Fame's a stage for all things country music. A mix of permanent and evolving exhibits features several hundred stage costumes and instruments, photographs and more. Presley fans should get a glimpse of the Historic RCA Studio B, where the King and other top-notch artists recorded tunes.


Hear the hitmakers : Nashville's appropriately named Honky Tonk Row features bars, clubs and restaurants where musicians trying to make it big play till the early morning hours.


Catch a show at the Opry: Country legends and newcomers perform together regularly at the Grand Ole Opry. This week, the Opry celebrates its 83rd birthday.


Pop by the Parthenon : No, it's not Greece. The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Athens landmark, looms over Centennial Park. A 42-foot-tall statue of Athena accompanies the building, which is also home to Nashville's art museum.


Stop by the Hermitage: Presidential politics aren't new to Music City. President Andrew Jackson, champion of populism and the first man elected from Tennessee to the House of Representatives, built his 1,000-acre estate outside Nashville.

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