From the arts and architecture to history, honky tonks and talkin' trash, there's something for everyone in Nashville!
Grand Ole Opry, th
e "Country's most famous stage" has been the destination for top country talent and die-hard country fans for over eight decades. The Grand Ole Opry started as a radio show in a Nashville in 1025. It settled into its 4,400-seat permanent home at Opryland in 1974. Performances take place every Friday and Saturday night. With an ever-changing line-up that blends together past, present and future stars, you can be guaranteed each show is one-of-a-kind.
Nashville Trash Tour, l
ooking for a dose of the nitty gritty in Music City? Then Think Pink. Sheri Lynn Nichols and Brenda Kay Wilkins (a.k.a. the Jugg Sisters) have been dishing out the dirt on country stars in their signature Big Pink Bus since 1997. The 90-minute tour takes you past the standard legendary landmarks like the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame and up and down Music Row. The ladies, however, have a delightful tendency to gloss over any boring facts and figures and get right to the gut-busting gossip. Adding to the adult-oriented atmosphere: alcoholic beverages are allowed in lap-sized coolers and children under 13 are a no-no.
Belle Meade Plantation, t
ake a trip back in time to this "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations" Built in 1853, Belle Meade was once a world-renowned thoroughbred farm. During the Civil War, the Battle of Nashville spilled over in the mansion's front yard, and scars of that skirmish are still visible today. The absence of red velvet ropes gives the tours of the antebellum Greek-revival mansion a surprisingly intimate feel. With an excellent restaurant on site, you can plan on leaving the brown bag lunch at home.
Honky Tonkin' on Lower Broadway, a
trip to Nashville must include a sampling of the live sounds that help give Music City its name. In fact, most bands count off their first song as early as 10 a.m. Locals tend to favor Robert's Western World, where you can order a cold PBR or buy a pair of boots while listening to a live jukebox of country classics. For music history buffs, Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge is a must. Little has changed in this dive bar since it regularly served Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson and Roger Miller.
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