Nashville is an old city with a rich history. If you are new to the area or visiting for the hundredth time, there are five famous locations in Nashville that you absolutely must visit. All known for their strong ties to the past, these Nashville landmarks are representative of a bygone era and wonderful places to visit with friends or family. You will no doubt note the strong emphasis on music here (Nashville is “Music City” after all), so lovers of country, rock, and everything in between will find plenty to enjoy.
1. The Grand Ole Opry
Perhaps the most famous stage in country music, the Grand Ole Opry was originally a radio show when it debuted in 1925. The show went on the road and bounced among venues before settling down for good in 1974. With 4,400 seats, Opryland hosts performances every weekend, blending old time favorites with young newcomers. If you are visiting Nashville, you absolutely must stop in for a show.
2. Ryman Auditorium
Originally a church, the Ryman Auditorium was the home of the Opry for over 30 years from 1943 to 1974. Known today for its legendary stage and iconic acts, the auditorium actually remained vacant for the better part of 20 years until a total restoration in 1994. Now outfitted with outstanding technical design and acoustics, the Ryman Auditorium is definitely the place to be for anyone who wants to see a great show.
3. RCA Studio B
Perhaps the most famous recording studio in country music, RCA Studio B was founded in part by the help of the legendary Chet Atkins and has gone on to become one of the key Nashville landmarks. Countless great names, including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings, have recorded music here, and true fans cannot leave Nashville without a tour.
4. Bluebird Café
A relatively small venue, the Bluebird Café is a popular spot where songwriters young and old alike come to test out their stuff on an intimate audience. Because space is so limited, it is strongly encouraged that you call ahead for a reservation. Keep in mind as well that audiences here are not so vocal and are much more content to listen to the music.
5. Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
One of the most famous locations in Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a must-see for all Nashville tourists. Composed of a combination of interactive exhibits and featured artifacts and recordings, the Hall of Fame & Museum is the place to visit even if you have only a passing interest in country music. You can also find some musical selections in the gift shop you might otherwise have a hard time procuring.
Nashville takes its “Music City” moniker to heart, and there are plenty of ways to take advantage of the lyrical atmosphere of the city. It also deserves to be said that there are plenty of other venues for area tourists, and you should not avoid the city just because you are not a fan of country music! Start exploring the options, and you might find something more to your liking. Checking out some new Buick and Chevrolet models for the road while you are at it could be a good idea too.