As downtown Nashville grew up, literally with tall buildings, around the Tennessee State Capitol a desire arose to maintain the one remaining view of the Capitol. To keep that view, and to celebrate Tennessee’s 200th birthday, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park was created. There’s a lot to see here. And free Park Tours are now offered to help you understand what you’re seeing. Each Wednesday at 2pm (or at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm on the first Monday of each month), Park Rangers meet you under the train trestle outside the Visitor Center for a 1-hour tour of the park, discussing the significance of the park and the history of Tennessee. If you’re not around on a Wednesday or Monday, just have a stroll and explore the park. There’s a 2,000-seat amphitheater, a 200-foot granite map of the state, a World War II memorial, a 95-bell carillon, and the Pathway of History. And it’s lovely this time of year.