Nashville Journals

Music City: Not Just About Music

An April 2004 trip to Nashville by chadk78

Quote: Although it's known as Music City, Nashville is also a great place to explore historic sites and other interesting attractions. Even if you don't like country music, there's something for everyone here.

Music City: Not Just About Music

Overview

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I've actually been to Nashville on several occasions. Most recently, my wife and I went to visit some friends there. I am a big country music fan, so I naturally enjoy all of the country music attractions. However, if you do not care for country music (or music at all, for that matter), there is much more to this wonderful city, also known as "the Athens of the South". My favorite things to do in Nashville include visiting the Grand Ole Opry (both the new one and the old Ryman Auditorium), checking out the honky tonks on Broadway, touring the State Capitol and the Bicentennial Mall, visiting historic sites(such as the Hermitage), and spending some time at the Opryland Hotel. Art enthusiasts will ...Read More

BB Kings Blues Club

Restaurant | "B.B. King's"

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This is a spin-off of the original in Memphis. Located next door to the Wildhorse Saloon, this blues club is a welcome change from the many country places in Nashville. The walls are covered with paintings of famous musicians, from Elvis to Ray Charles to B.B. King himself. We were there at lunchtime on a weekday, and there were very few other customers in the place. The waitress, who was very personable, said that there are usually live blues bands in the evening, and it can get kind of busy. I had the black and blue cheeseburger(made with blue cheese). It was very good. My wife just had to have the Memphis-style ribs. She said they were outstanding. My favorite thing, however, was our appet...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

BB Kings Blues Club
152 2nd Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 256-2727

Grand Ole Opry

Attraction

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No trip to Nashville is complete without seeing the Grand Ole Opry in person. It is what has made the city famous, and for almost 80 years, it has played host to the world's greatest country musicians on the weekends. Many of the older performers, such as Little Jimmy Dickens and Porter Wagoner, are there just about every week. However, there is just about always at least one of the popular, younger stars in the lineup.

Before the show, be sure to check out the Grand Ole Opry Museum located next door. It's free and displays costumes, instruments, and other memorabilia of various artists who are members of the Opry.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-6779

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This Tennessee State Park honors the Volunteer State's 200th anniversary. It is a nice blend of landscaping--plants, fountains, and statues. It is educational but also a nice way to enjoy the outdoors. We spent what seemed like hours reading about the state's history, geography, etc. Very informative. Several different garden areas display plants native to the state. The nice use of green space complements the state capitol grounds next door very well.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-3081
(615) 741-5280

Ryman Auditorium

Attraction

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This building, originally a church, is the former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Today, it can be toured and occasionally still hosts a variety of live performances. Recently, the Opry itself has been held here on some weekends during the winter months. A 20-minute film is shown about the building's history, and a guide gives a brief talk about what there is to see and where things are located. You are then set loose on a self-guided exploration of the auditorium, balcony, and stage. Several displays tell about artists who performed there and the history of radio shows and the Grand Ole Opry, in particular. When we got to the stage, we were photographed holding guitars, in the very spot where Hank ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
(615) 254-1445

The Hermitage

Attraction

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This was the plantation home of Former President Andrew Jackson. When you arrive at the Hermitage, you first go into a modern visitor center where you purchase tickets ($12/adult). Several displays about Jackson and his family are inside, and a short film is shown. Next, you proceed to the house, where you are given a narrative tour by volunteers dressed in period costume. My wife and I were very impressed by the spiral stairway located just inside the main entrance. After touring the house, you exit into the garden where Jackson, his wife Rachel, and other family members are buried. A slave cabin, archaeological site, and another house are also located on the property.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2005

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, Tennessee 37076
(615) 889-2941

Tennessee State Capitol Building

Attraction | "Tennessee State Capitol"

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Whenever I am visiting a city that is a state capital, I always try to visit the capitol building, as they are always a good way to find out a lot about the state's history and culture. Upon our entrance into the Tennessee State Capitol building, we were checked by a police officer and had to go through a metal detector. Once inside, we were free to explore the building. A guided tour was just beginning, so we joined. We got to see the governor's office, the senate chambers, and the house of representatives. The guide was very informative, giving information about the history of the building and pointing out some of its interesting architectural aspects. After the tour, we were told about severa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2005

Tennessee State Capitol Building
Capitol Hill
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
+1 615 741 2692

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Attraction | "Opryland Hotel"

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Although it is an accommodation, the Opryland Hotel is also an attraction. The lobby areas are all open to the public for exploration. I've never stayed there, but I have visited a couple of times. As you walk through, you go from being in a conventional hotel lobby to being in a tropical rainforest or a swamp in the Deep South. One area, which has a variety of shops and restaurants, is very reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans. A man-made river meanders throughout the open, center portion of the hotel, and boat tours are given for a fee. It's free just to walk through and well worth your time.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2005

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214