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A September 2009 trip to Nashville by weeblewobble46

Grand Ole Opry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: A description of a frenzied two day trip to this wonderful city

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Attraction | "Indoor Garden at the Opryland Hotel"

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Gaylord Corporation has hit a real home run in the tourist industry by building this hotel. Not only does this hotel have rooms that overlook a beautiful atrium, but it has a river that flows through it and a retail island (with shops and restaurants) in the middle. Water from all over the world (waterways listed on plaques placed along the side of the river) was placed in the river at it's foundation.

The shops are few and varied. My favorite had Christmas ornaments and wine stoppers and opened onto a patio. You can easily spend a morning just walking around and admiring the views.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

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

Ryman Auditorium

Attraction

Ryman Auditorium Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Entry to the building is not on 5th Street where our GPS guided us, instead it is closer to 4th Street, at the back of the original building.The day we arrived at the Ryman, the backstage tour was unavailable due to a scheduled concert that night. The band, Decemberist, was setting up on the stage and using the backstage facilities. We were disappointed, but took it in stride.The tour of the Ryman begins in the back of the auditorium with a video. The tour, booklet explains what you see and where to go next, is self-guided and interesting. Displays of costumes and instruments are in cases in the back of the auditorium. The stairs, metal and hollow sounding, with ornate dec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

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

Honky Tonk Row

Attraction | "Honky Tonk madness"

Honky Tonk Row Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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A visit to Broadway is necessary to appreciate the effect that country music has had on this town. Just a short walk from the Ryman and the Hall of Fame (really it is right in the middle of them ), Broadway is a tourist attraction on its own.Walk along the sidewalk and you hear music coming from each of the bar/restaurant establishments. The volume is loud enough to blast apart a few eardrums. We were hoping to eat at a restaurant on Broadway, but the volume of the music made us rethink our priorities (we value our hearing too much). We even walked down to the Hard Rock - not one of my favorites - but it was closed for a private party. Even the gift shops had music in them, but someti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Honky Tonk Row
Lower Broadway
Nashville

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Attraction | "Where the Music Lives"

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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Country music encompasses many forms and each is displayed in some way in this museum. We start the tour on the third floor with a Brenda Lee exhibit. It shows her career from the early years (age 11) to present day. Several of her album covers are displayed, recordings play and videos show her performing on various shows.The rest of the museum shows the progress of country music and the Opry from the earliest recordings to today's melange of artists and genres. A section on the second floor is devoted to the Williams family, from Hank, Sr., to Hank, Jr., and his offspring. Many of the displays show the costumes and instruments of some of the more well known performers. I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 416-2001

Grand Ole Opry

Attraction | "Grand Ole Opry at Last"

Grand Ole Opry Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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We arrived in Nashville in mid afternoon and quickly changed into jeans for our night at the Opry. We found that our choice of attire was the dominant choice of most of the patrons, although there were a few that were in shorts and T's and a few that were done up in sequined tops and bedazzled jeans. (They must have taken lessons from Manuel and Nudie because some of the designs were very detailed.)The Opry starts at 7PM and the doors open around 6:15. This gives you time to purchase some food and beverages before going to your seat. Most of the patrons arrive around 6:45 and the aisles get crowded so try to get there early, if possible. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2009

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