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10 Must-See Places When Visiting Nashville, Tennessee
Well hello! Quite a lovely day today on Long Island!
I just love Fall and I must say, I'm enjoying this Autumn weather.
Just movin' and shakin' here to continue my ongoing packing and hauling of stuff I will NOT be taking with me when we gals move. Of course, we are still on the house hunt, but we have narrowed it down to a few. Will keep you posted!!
If you were not aware - today, just happens to be International Country Music Day! The unofficial holiday was created in 2003 as a way to bring together musicians and fans of the popular music genre, and to increase the number of country music aficionados around the world.
Now, whether you are a fan of country music or not, I'm sure you will agree that it conjures up certain destinations in your mind when you hear it mentioned.
For me, country music reminds me of Nashville, Tennessee and places like the Grand Ole Opry! I remember the first time I visited Nashville, over twenty years ago and it was still quite a small town.
Well, boy has it expanded and become a very popular destination. In fact last year at this time I helped my friend with trip and itinerary planning for a girls' weekend to Nashville.
I thought I would help you celebrate all things country music with this list of
10 Must-See Places in Nashville, Tennessee.
1. The Ryman Auditorium Tour
Originally built as a tabernacle The Ryman Auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry for 40 years. Located in the heart of downtown you can tour the building during the day and hear stories about musical legends that performed on the Ryman stage during its Opry era such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and even Elvis.
2. The Grand Ole Opry Show
The Grand Ole Opry moved to the Opry House in 1974 and proudly boasts to be “the show that made country music famous.” The Opry puts on three live shows a week in the same live radio format it's used for more than 90 years.
3. Honky Tonk Highway
A honky tonk is an establishment that contains at least one rockin' stage, cold beverages, and a party that lasts all day, everyday! Nashville's Honky Tonk Highway, located on Lower Broadway, is a row of honky tonks pumping live music into the streets from 10am to 3am. One of the best parts: there is no cover charge at any of these establishments!
4. The Parthenon at Centennial Park
The world's only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple, Nashville's Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city's art museum and Athena Parthenos. At almost 42 feet in height, Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. Visitors learn why Nashville was called the “Athens of the South” before it was known as Music City.
5. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The definitive home of American music, containing more than 2.5 million priceless artifacts, including countless recordings and photographs, numerous stage costumes, musical instruments, and more. This is a not-to-be-missed stop if you want to immerse yourself in the everything country music!
6. Nashville's Art Scene
Nashville’s ever-growing arts scene is as diverse and approachable as its music scene. Murals, street art, public art, art galleries, and museums are all a part of experiencing Nashville’s visual art offerings. The city also hosts art crawls, festivals, and events throughout the year, one of which should be part of your itinerary. (CLICK HERE for more information on dates and events.)
7. The Ville Tours Pub Crawl
One of the hottest Guided Tours is the ALL INCLUSIVE PUB CRAWL that features 4-5 of Nashville's establishments with drinks, food and sweets samples, and moonshine included!
8. The Bluebird Cafe
The 37 year old Bluebird Cafe is Nashville's best loved live music venue featuring hit song writers as well as up and coming talent. Reservations required.
9. Music City Walk of Fame
If you are like me, you will love strolling along the Music City Walk of Fame where you will see more than 70 stars honoring those from all genres of music who have contributed to the world through song.
10. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
This 55-acre botanical garden and art museum, located on the historic Cheek estate is one of the city's top cultural attractions. Cheekwood is one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate. Originally built as the home of Leslie and Mabel Cheek in 1929, Cheekwood, it was converted into a museum of art and botanical garden in 1960 and has presented world-class art exhibitions and year round festivals celebrating the four seasons which include its 150,000 blooming bulbs in the spring to one million holiday lights in the winter.
That's it for me!! Back atcha tomorrow!