If you love music, then there is no greater place to go than Nashville, Tennessee for your next vacation. Nashville’s wide variety of attractions truly make it “Music City.” Just one visit to the area will give you the opportunity to explore some of the greatest history and culture in the city. However, there simply is just not enough time to see it all, and we know that planning your vacation can be stressful, so we’ve come up with a list of the top activities that give you the best sample of the city.
5. The Grand Legends Tour
Nashville is a city full of country music, and when you want to experience the best of it, the Grand Legends Tour is the perfect opportunity. You’ll start with a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House to check out the dressing rooms of the big name stars who have taken the stage. You’ll have the chance of a lifetime to catch a look at the magic behind the show, and hear the stories that have made the stage famous. Then, board a Delta Flatboat and traverse down the indoor river of the Gaylord Opryland Resort, surrounded with lush plant life for a scenic view. This tour gives you the chance to catch the music and the beauty of nature in the Nashville area.
4. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Every country music fan has to visit the Hall of Fame at least once in their life, and now you finally have the opportunity to go. This extraordinary building is filled with collectibles from the biggest names in country music. The 37 million-dollar complex covers the length of an entire city block, and every corner of it gives you something new to look at. Interactive exhibits combine with unique tour options to provide the perfect setting for your country music experience. Take a tour with audio and let Charlie Daniels, Bill Cody, Dolly Parton and more take you on a journey through the museum. Explore the wall of records, which features every gold and platinum record that hit the country music charts. This museum immerses you in the country music history and culture for an unforgettable experience.
3. The Discover Nashville Tour
Here’s your chance to see all the city has to offer. This three and a half-hour tour will take you through the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as historic Downtown Nashville, the Parthenon, the Tennessee State Capitol, Music Row and more. Nashville is rich with culture, and you’ll get to see it all on this tour. Drive through Honky Tonk Row to get a close-up view of the boot-tappin’ music. This tour gives you the chance to experience all of the sounds, and more, of this incredible city.
2. The General Jackson Showboat Lunch & Dinner Cruises
If you want a more scenic tour of the area, then a General Jackson Showboat cruise is the option for you. This magnificent paddle wheel riverboat, the largest of its kind in the world, will take you down the shining Cumberland River for beautiful views of the countryside of Tennessee. You’ll get to add to these incredible sights an entertaining show and a delicious meal, for a perfect evening or afternoon. The lunch cruise gives you an interactive comedy show, while the dinner show produces Vegas-style entertainment. The meal allows you to sample some of the best of Tennessee cuisine, including southern roasted chicken, slow-roasted sugar cured country ham, pumpkin cheesecake and more. You’ll truly have the time of your life as you enjoy the spread of landscapes, shows and food.
1. The Grand Ole Opry
A visit to Nashville cannot be complete without a trip to the Opry House. The Grand Ole Opry brings together the greatest country music stars in the world, and just one show is filled with good times, great music and incredible memories. Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Patsy Cline, Keith Urban, Little Jimmy Dickens, George Jones… these are just a few of the many names that have graced the Opry stage. Whenever a star steps foot on that circular piece of wood in the middle of the stage, the entire stadium can feel their excitement at being a part of the greatest country music show in the world. One visit to the Opry is never enough, but now is the perfect time to join the long-standing tradition that has been around for nearly one hundred years.
While you’re visiting, be sure to book a room at a hotel located in the heart of all the Nashville excitement. Hotels in Opryland put you right next to the Grand Ole Opry and the General Jackson Showboat cruises. Stay at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and utilize, every day, the magnificent atrium, complete with winding rivers, walking paths, incredible landscaping and serene waterfalls that you’ll see on the Grand Legends Tour. The resort is less than a mile away from the top attractions in the city. The Radisson Hotel at Opryland and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Opryland are two other hotels within a mile from the Grand Ole Opry House and the Showboat, as well as the Discover Nashville Inclusive Tour. If you’re looking to stay close to the Country Music Hall of Fame, you’re in luck, because there are a few hotels located within a half-mile of the museum: Hilton Nashville Downtown, Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Doubletree Hotel Nashville-Downtown.
No one can deny the intense impression that Nashville gives to all of its visitors. The city is full of rich and diverse culture and history, and the music that fills the city’s streets makes the area the perfect vacation destination for anyone. Even if you’re not a country music fan, walking down the streets of Nashville, and especially visiting any of the sights listed above, will open your eyes to the wonders of the city.