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Bristol Travel Guide, Virginia

Bristol, VA US – Overview: The Birthplace of Country Music

The exciting city of Bristol, VA pours out with fascinating, conventional and sporadically wacky things to see around and perform. The mixture of great history and culture makes this city an ideal place to spend your vacation. The coast as well as the countryside forms wonderful areas for enjoyment, especially during the weekends.


Bristol covers an overall area of around 30 sq. km. Only 2 percent of this city is covered by water bodies, whereas the rest is occupied by landforms.

People of Bristol

With an overall population of more than 17,000, the city is known to host a variety of races and culture within a small area. Whites and African Americans form the major part of the population, yet the presence of Asians brings color to the mix of cultures.

Art & Culture: the Birthplace of Country Music

Bristol is considered as the Birthplace of Country Music. This name was given to the city after the US Congress passed a resolution in 1998 for Bristol’s wonderful contribution to the recording and promoting music. Ralph Peer, a local musician, was the first one to try his hands on capturing the sound of this traditional ‘folk music’ of this city. A family, who plaied a major role, was the Carter Family. They journeyed across the nation along with Ralph Peer and promoted this music.

Apart from its love for music, people living in the city of Bristol also have a fascination towards sports of different forms, mainly baseball. Appalachian League’s Bristol White Sox was hosted by the city only. Again, top NASCAR driver Kelly Denton also belongs to this city.

If you want to know more about the art and culture of the present and past, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery are famous for exceptional collections of geology, history, art and archaeology.

Food and Beverages

Bristol is widely popular for its first class restaurants, hotels, cafeterias and bars. The city holds award winning cafeterias and restaurants ideal for weekend lunches and leisure. Bristol City Cafe includes all the modern facilities and designs that warmly welcome the guests with fully covering lighting and gives elegance to any occasion. Wheatsheaf Inn and the Elbow Pool Bar & lounge are 2 important recreational places in Bristol.

All these unique features make Bristol an ideal place to hang around and enjoy your vacation
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