For most people Nashville, Tennessee represents: The Birthplace of Country Music, The Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton, and The King of Rock and Roll. Regardless of what comes to mind, I had the opportunity to experience a small dose of what makes Nashville the Music City.
Where to Stay: The Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
The hotel is located about 20 minutes away from downtown Nashville and a 10 minute walk from the Grand Ole Opry. This lavish resort features a number of dinning and shopping locations. Highlights include a botanic garden and a large convention space.
The hotel is literally its own small city with a boat ride (no, i’m not kidding)! Navigating through the hotel took a little time, thankfully with the assistance of the friendly staff I was able to find the little gems hidden in the hotel like the Jack Daniel’s Restaurant, convention center and the home of 650 AM WSM (the station that gave birth to the show The Grand Ole Opry).
Make sure to give yourself a little time to explore all the offerings available to resort guests while you are there.
Fact: Everyone will continuously mention the major flood that occurred in 2010 that caused major damage to the Opry, The Mills and the Gaylord Resort. You’ve been warned.
Things To Do:
Adults: $18 ($1.98 fee)
Children Ages 5-12: $9.00 ($1.48 fee)
Children Under 5 years old: Free
If you are a history geek, then you might want to to consider taking the “Echos of Nashville Walking Tour.” The 1.5 mile walk around downtown Nashville. The tour centers around Nashville’s history of once being a prosperous shipping port, publishing industry, and its fascination of hoping to become the Athens of the South.Other interesting highlights include the Hermitage Hotel. The Hermitage hotel was once the headquarters for both the pro and anti women’s suffrage movements that later became the 19th Amendment.
Daytime Backstage Tour
Adults: $22.00 (12+)
Children: $17.00 (4-11)
The tour goes behind the scenes of the home that made country music famous. The tour takes a closer look into the history of the recent home of country music. While on tour take a look inside the dressing rooms, green room, the set where the show Hee-Haw was filmed, the working post office that primary serves the 46 standing members. The highlight of the tour is the opportunity to stand on the pride of the Opry: TheCircle.
Due to being short on time, I wasn’t able to do as much exploring as I’d like to. Regardless, Nashville is definitely on my list of favorite places to visit.