Nashville: Explore the Music City

Nashville is known as the “Music City” for good reason, and country music fans have to go see these amazing attractions:

Ryman Auditorium- Located in the heart of downtown Nashville just off Broadway, the Ryman auditorium is a historic venue that still hosts shows. Constructed in the late nineteenth century and holding its first concert in 1892, the Ryman Auditorium has held a diverse range of events including the Grand Ole Opry, church services, commencement ceremonies, world-class concerts, lectures, weddings, and civic functions. The Ryman has seen everything from the Opry to the Beach Boys, and still holds concerts today along with plenty of options to tour the auditorium.

Grand Ole Opry House- Nestled in the middle of the windy banks of the Cumberland River on the east side of Nashville is the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most famous concert halls in the world. As the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville slipped into urban decay in the late 1960s, a new venue was needed to host the weekly Grand Ole Opry show that could accommodate a larger audience. Opening night at the Grand Ole Opry House was March 16, 1974, and was a grand affair that was attended by then US President Richard Nixon. The Grand Ole Opry is still held at the Opry House to this day, and now the Opry House is flanked by the Opry Mills Mall and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum- Located just blocks from Broadway and adjacent to the Music City Center and Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a must-see attraction for country music lovers. Notable sections of the museum include the Hall of Fame Rotunda that contains the plaques of all of the inductees, image and recording collections, and many currently and historically relevant exhibits that rotate through the museum.

Broadway- Running right through the heart of downtown Nashville, Broadway street is the city’s nightlife and cultural hub. The four-block stretch closest to the Cumberland River is where all the action is, with plenty of bars, clubs, restaurants, and music venues in the area.