Top 10 things to do: Nashville, TN
#1 Ryman Auditorium—The Ryman Auditorium was the original Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. This magnificent building once faced with the possibility of demolition after years of sitting empty has been restored to all its magnificent glory. This place is hallowed ground with the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and many others to gracing its stage.
#2 The Country Music Hall of Fame—The Country Music Hall of Fame is a large exhibit of many great performers in the country music industry. The building is three stories tall with each floor offering various different exhibits ranging from the oldies but goodies, to some of today’s top stars such as Tim and Faith. The exhibits are changed throughout the year so be sure to check out the website if you’re looking to see a particular exhibit. While booking tickets don’t forget to add on the Historic RCA Studio B tour.
#3 Grand Ole Opry–Go online early and get your seats/tickets. Try and get the 7pm show. If not, be prepared to just go to your seats. They will start the show right at 9:30pm. The lines to the bathroom and concessions are long! The show itself was amazing and we were treated to a surprise guest: Randy Travis. Apparently these surprise guest’s show up quite often! https://www.opry.com/
#4 Belle Meade Plantation—The Belle Meade Plantation was once home to a 5,400 acre thoroughbred horse farm. The mansion is beautiful and well maintained. To top it off, they also have a free wine tasting at the end of the tour.
#5 Musicians Hall of Fame–The Musicians Hall of Fame covers all genres of music and honors the talented musicians who actually played some of the greatest songs ever recorded. It’s more about the musician’s, their instruments, their perspectives.
#6 Fontanel Mansion–The Fontanel Mansion was once home to Barbra Mandrell. During this tour you’re allowed to take the guitars off the wall. These guitars have been given to the new owners from various recording artist. Famous people who have visited the Mansion have also signed the two posts near the stairwell in the main hosting area. The favorite part of this tour was at the end when we’re all sitting in the main bedroom and we were given a private performance by our tour guide. She was on American Idol and she was amazing. Besides the mansion, there are also concerts held here. There’s a winery, distillery, and café where you get tickets. Jared is an awesome host at the distillery!
#7 Carnton Mansion—Franklin, TN–The Carnton Mansion was a battlefield hospital during the battle of Franklin during the Civil War. The battle lasted barely five hours, but it led to 9,500 soldiers being killed, wounded or captured. Nearly 7,000 of that number were confederate troops. On the Mansion grounds there is the only privately owned confederate cemetery. The graves are well maintained. Sit on the rocking chairs on the front porch and look out into the fields. It’s amazing to think about what happened at that very sport a little over 250yrs ago. https://boft.org/carnton/
#8 Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage–This is the home of Andrew Jackson before and after his presidency. If you like history tours this would be one for you. It does talk about the issues that have made him one of the not liked presidents in US History, but it gives his perspective on issues. Him and his wife Rachel are buried on the property.
#9 Gaylord Opryland Resort–The Opryland Resort is a resort on a grand scale. It’s not cheap to stay here, but I’d definitely stay one night just to have the experience. The resort is immaculately decorated. It’s home to several dining options and grand views. Definitely take the boat ride!!
#10 Broadway–This is the main street in downtown Nashville. This is home to all the bars. It’s awesome to see all lit up at night. I’m guessing each bar has its very own live performance for most of the day. Stop in and give these musicians a hand