Attractions & Accommodations
Where to Stay and What to See in Nashville
Whether or not it's your first visit to Music City, you're certain to enjoy Nashville's new traditions from the Opry to the historic Ryman Auditorium to tastebud entertainment at the Wildhorse Saloon. Enjoy a succulent meal and great view aboard the General Jackson Showboat, get up close and personal with country greats at the incredible Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, stroll through nine acres of gardens around your room in the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, and more. We hope you're bound for Nashville...where the best part of our city is the country!
There's nothing like a tour of the Grand Ole Opry House to get an authentic look behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous. Your knowledgeable guide will share great stories about the Opry and country music greats past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), and video host Blake Shelton will share what it's like for him backstage on show night.
Tours include a visit to the Opry House artist entrance as well as a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW. Also showcased during the tour are artist dressing rooms, newly refurbished following the Nashville flood of 2010, and the world-famous Opry stage.
Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars - a must-see for everyone in Music City!
Note: Daytime tours are available seven days a week February through October.* On evenings in which there is only one Opry performance, tours are also available immediately after the show. Opry House Backstage Pass Tours can be booked up to two weeks in advance. *Tour schedules and times vary based on Opry House availability.
Tours available February through October
Click here to purchase online
Originally built as a church in 1892 with funding from riverboat captain Thomas Ryman, the Ryman Auditorium later became a theater, hosting such performers as Sarah Bernhardt, Charlie Chaplin, Mae West, and Katharine Hepburn. From 1943-74, the auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry. Pioneering performers such as Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Patsy Cline helped shape country and bluegrass music from the Ryman stage. Renovated in 1994, the 2,300+-seat hall features year-round concerts and a summer bluegrass series. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000, the Ryman was named Theater of the Year for both 2003 and 2004 at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Los Angeles. Museum self-guided tours and guided backstage tours are available. The new Ryman Recording Studio lets visitors record their own CD single right in the Auditorium.
Ryman Museum: Daily 9am-4pm; Regular Tour Admission $13.00, ages 4-11, $6.50;
Backstage Tour $17.00, ages 4-11 $10.50
116 5th Avenue North / Downtown Nashville
OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS
An exciting celebration of the songs that made Music City, Opry Country Classics features a celebrity host sharing great stories and songs; several guests singing their own hits as well as timeless favorites by the likes of Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash; and a Spotlight Artist headlining the show with several of his or her memorable classics. They don’t make songs any more popular than those you’ll enjoy during Opry Country Classics, and there’s no better place to experience them than at the Ryman Auditorium.
Thursdays March 28 through May 23 and October 3 - 31, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.Click here to purchase tickets.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments, and tear-stained lyric sheets are just some of the priceless artifacts you will see inside the world's largest music museum. In 2011, Reba McEntire, Bobby Braddock, and Jean Shepard were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Today's hit makers like Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Faith Hill, as well as contemporary bluegrass and Americana artists, will be represented alongside legends such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, and Reba McEntire. Museum admission includes the hitmaker's workshop, a re-creation of record producer Owen Bradley's office, DREAMING MY DREAMS, an exhibit shocasing the 1960s to present, SING ME BACK HOME: A Journey Begins, which shocases the Folk Roots to the 1960s, as well as other country music exhibits.
Be sure to visit Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville's only Studio tour, where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and others made over 35,000 hit records. Finish off your day by savoring a southern meal at Two Twenty-Two Grill and Catering or by shopping at our Museum Store.
GENERAL JACKSON SHOWBOAT®
The General Jackson is a grand 300 foot paddlewheel riverboat with four massive decks. You'll enjoy a wide variety of entertainment including a fun-filled lunch cruises that features the country music and comedy of Tim Watson. A delicious southern buffet is served on this 2 1/2 hour river cruise. Perfect for the entire family!
Elegant evening cruises can include a three-course dinner and fantastic musical production. From rock ‘n' roll to country, you'll hear a wide variety of music performed by some of the best singers in Music City.
Various price levels offer something to fit everyone’s budget. Don't miss this unique entertainment experience!
Tickets & Information:
General Jackson: (615) 458-3900
General Jackson: GeneralJackson.com
The Wildhorse Saloon began with a stampede through the streets of Music City when a herd of cattle paraded down Second Avenue and past the front doors of the newly opened club. Since then, the Wildhorse has continued to capture the interest of visitors with its unique attractions and one-of-a-kind capabilities.
The Wildhorse is Nashville 's premiere music nightlife and dining. Annually, thousands of fans stampede to the Wildhorse for a great barbecue meal, catch the hottest concerts, and learn the newest dance steps.
The Wildhorse has been rewarded with recognition from the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Nashville Scene, Country Music Association (CMA) and Standing Room Only (SRO). The restaurant has earned equal awards for its barbecue sauce, ribs, pulled pork, and brisket in regional and national barbecue competitions.
The Wildhorse opens daily at 11 am, serves a full menu until midnight, and offers live entertainment nightly. Visit www.wildhorsesaloon.com for this month's line up.
OPRY ORIGINALS: THE SHOP ON BROADWAY
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville’s famous “Lower Broadway” area known around the world for its honky tonks and one-of-a-kind authentic country music attractions, Opry Originals brings together the iconic roots of the Grand Ole Opry and country music’s contemporary culture for a shopping experience like none other. Opry Originals showcases an extensive line of lifestyle products and makes shopping an exciting experience with artist appearances, book/record signings, as well as listening stations and even a photo opportunity.
To shop online and
more, click here.
THE OPRY SHOP
Enjoy the Grand Ole Opry experience anytime with a stop at The Opry Shop, located within the Grand Ole Opry House. It's the place for great Opry gifts and collectibles for all ages. Open seven days a week.
Located at 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville TN 37214. To visit our online store, click here.
GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER™
Come experience the energy and excitement of Music City at Gaylord Opryland, the flagship property of our Gaylord Hotels family. On the banks of the Cumberland River, our landmark Nashville hotel is just minutes from Nashville International Airport and a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville. Underneath climate-controlled signature glass atriums, lies an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreation options that provide the perfect destination.
You'll be amazed at our nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and indoor river with our very own Delta flatboat. Within this lush landscape, you'll discover freshly remodeled guest rooms and suites, a completely redesigned Cascades lobby that features a new VIP check-in area, stylish and comtemporary new restaurants, unique shopping experiences, and a 2,000-square-foot spa and fitness center.There's 2,881 guestrooms, with 174 suites and 250 garden-terrace rooms.
Convention space exceeds 600,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition areas, with six ballrooms and 85 meeting rooms. Have a sports enthusiast in the family? Be sure to check out the new Fuse Sports Club. With 100 high-definition TVs and sophisticated surroundings, Fuse is just the right location for watching sporting events in style.
Connect with your adventurous spirit and celebrate new memories and life's most important moments. Area attractions include the General Jackson Showboat, Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Wildhorse Saloon, Grand Ole Opry, the Opry Backstage Grill, and the Ryman Auditorium.
THE INN AT OPRYLAND™
Stay at the gateway to Gaylord Opryland just around the corner from entertainment icons like the Grand Ole Opry and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center Nashville. After recently completing a multi-million dollar renovation, The Inn at Opryland offers the same tradition of warm, southern hospitality, an inviting atmosphere, and excellent services. Complete with more than 300 spacious guest rooms, 14,500-square-feet of flexible space for groups up to 500, and much more. And when free time is on the agenda, cool off with a dip in the indoor pool, or stop by for a tasty meal at our very own Opry Backstage Grill. With comprehensive services and an ideal location, The Inn at Opryland is sure to please both business and leisure travelers. Visit the Let's Eat page for more information.
Opry Backstage Grill
2014 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 2014 CMA Music Festival hits downtown Nashville, Thursday-Sunday, June 5-8! The event is packed with Country’s hottest stars and music. Enjoy music and activities at Chevrolet Riverfront Park, Bridgestone Arena Plaza, The Buckle, Durango Music Spot inside Fan Fair X, and many more – all before heading to LP Field for nightly entertainment overload. Stay tuned for lineups for LP Field and the various stages throughout Lower Broadway. Tickets are selling fast! Get yours today! Details at CMAfest.com.More information: