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Top 21 Small Cities In Virginia

3. Bristol

With the nickname “The Birthplace of Country Music,” you just know that Bristol will deliver when it comes to music and arts. claims that the very first nationally distributed country music recordings were made there. It became official in 1998 and now State Street in Bristol is adorned with country music monuments and murals.

Country music buffs can take a walk down country music lane at the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum where they can view collections of memorabilia and musical instruments, honoring country music greats like Tennessee Ernie Ford, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt. Bristol is also a key town on The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Bristol is actually a twin city, situated on the Virginia-Tennessee state line. The cities are independent of each other, according to the official Bristol website. Each city has its own city council-manager government form. Each has its own zoning ordinances, planning commissions and industrial development authorities.

If you have a need for speed, the Bristol Motor Speedway is just what the doctor ordered. The Visit Bristol website calls it the “World’s Fastest Half Mile Track.” The track features stock car and drag racing. Bristol has a little bit of everything from local dishes at the many restaurants to the abundance of entertainment.

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