Nashville : America’s Capital of Country Music

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee that is home of the great country music. Aside from being home to the great Grand Ole Opry, Nashville also has a great collection of other amazing sightseeing activities. There is much to gather about the origin of this magical town from the early 1920’s. Below are some of the great sightseeing attractions one can find in Nashville.

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1. Grand Ole Opry

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The Grand Ole Opry is a grand attraction in Nashville. It also serves as a great American icon for entertainment. The atmosphere is very welcoming for people of all ages. The acoustics inside the theatre is great offering a great ambiance. For a country music fan, this is the ideal location for country music fans to enjoy their favorite artists. Some of the grand legends have graced this establishment. Average shows take about 15 minutes per act. There is also a backstage tour that is great before a show.

2. Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium is a very famous concert hall in Nashville. It is the perfect place to enjoy inhouse country music or any form of live musical event. The great thing about this hall is that concerts can take place on a nightly basis unlike its counterpart the Grand Ole Opry. The backstage is also part of the grand tour of the place which is not charged extra. This also provides a great video with insights of the venue. Aside from the great performances and beautiful venue, the staff makes the visit worthwhile due to their hospitality. There is also a gift shop on site.

3. The Johnny Cash Museum

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The Johnny Cash Museum has the largest collection of memorabilia belonging to Johnny cash in Nashville. The man in black is showcased on many exhibits as guests get to walk into the life of such a man through the displays and films showcased. The museum itself is endorsed by the Cash family of Nashville. As much as it may not seem like much from the outside, the collections found inside are rich making it one of the most bestowed attractions. For the small fee charged, one can definitely enjoy this distinctive attraction.

4. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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Andrew Jackson's Hermitage is the number one historic house within the Tennessee region. The home is a famous landmark in Nashville and the whole of America as it is the most visited presidential home having over 200,000 annual visitors. The hermitage is laid on over 1,000 acres of land has over 30 historical buildings allocated on it. The best time to visit is during fall or a holiday when they are demonstrating historic reactors especially a duel. This is part of a 30 minute welcome for the new guest. Tours can be guided or self-guided. The gardens are also a great place to relax and unwind.

5. Belle Meade Plantation

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Belle Meade Plantation is a plantation farm located in Nashville. After being established in 1807, it has been reserved to be among the best-thoroughbred stud farm in America. For just $20, tourists can get complimentary wine at the winery. Since the place is common for both tourists and locals alike, it is a great place to sample the Iroquois red and blueberry. The place also has an ample space dedicated to parking. The guides are more informative talking about the slavery and history of the horse plantation.

6. RCA Studio B

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RCA Studio B is a great recording studio located in Nashville. This studio was awarded to the museum in 1992 having the first country music of fame in 1977. Great names such as Elvis Presley have graced this studio making it more iconic. Tours are available using the platinum ticket which is an all-inclusive studio tour plus an audio guide. Most visits take place hourly from 10:30 am till 2:30 pm. It will be fascinating getting to learn bits of history about some various music legends. Saturday tends to be the busiest day for sightseeing in the studio.

7. Fontanel Mansion

Fontanel Mansion is a home for country music. This large mansion covers 27,000 square foot and is the only one of its kind in Nashville. The home was once the property of Barbara Mandrell who was a member of the country music hall of fame. As it is settled in the rolling hills across the creek valley, one can get scenic views of the place. There is an inn located at the Fontanel mansion as well as other entertainment activities such as a winery, zip-lines, an amphitheater, as well as great walking paths to stroll. Aside from dining, you will find plenty of activities to pass time. The tour costs about $24 which also includes transportation to the venue.

8. Nelson's Green Brier Distillery

Nelson's Green Brier Distillery is a great place to get an insight into Tennessee whiskey in Nashville. The distillery sightseeing tour starts with the history of the place. Tourists are then taken through all the important rooms in the place including the production floor area. One gets to learn the process that takes place with production. The tasting room is the best place as you get to sample various varieties available. Tour tickets are priced at $11 per person for adults above 21 years of age. Everyone below or with a valid military ID get to pay $5.5.

9. Lane Motor Museum

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Lane Motor Museum is the best place to find America’s collection of cars and motorcycles. The vehicles collected there are very unique some even being some rare models in Nashville. The bikes and motorcycles are also very interesting to explore. In total expect to find about 150 cars on display. This does not, however, limit their collection as others can be found in the basement where they are undergoing repair or have been placed for storage. Admission for adults is charged between $3-$12. Children under 5 get free access.

10. Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center is not only home to the Grammy award-winning Nashville symphony but also a great venue to catch an event. The museum was named in honor of Kenneth Schermerhorn who served as Nashville’s symphony orchestra director from 1983 till 2005. Over 140 events are hosted at this venue annually. The best acoustic performances can be enjoyed as well as other genres from world-class musicians. For tourists seeking a tour, free tours are offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 pm. There is also casual dining experience worth a try and you can enjoy some drinks too.

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Aside from the great music scene. Nashville has some vibrant neighborhoods up its sleeve where one can go stroll and admire as well as sample various restaurants. The outdoor scene is also very active in providing great natural ambiance for all. Expect to find plenty of green spaces around Nashville.

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