The features found all over Nashville is what makes it live up to its nickname “Music City.”
Grand Ole Opry, 2802 Opryland Drive
Since 1974, the 4,400-seat Grand Ole Opry House has been hosting the Opry – the world’s longest running live radio program featuring country music – in the Opryland complex. Every week, the broadcast showcases the biggest stars of the genre, both show regulars and guest musicians. You can chance upon Kelli Pickler, Diamond Rio, Charlie Daniels, and more.
Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Avenue North
This building has its historical roots in 1943 as a place of worship and former home to the Grand Ole Opry. The Ryman managed to avoid demolition, after the Opry transferred away in 1974, and was renovated back to operation 20 years later. It currently is a sought-after location for artists looking to conduct minor performances.
A district just to the southwest of Downtown Nashville, Music Row is the center of businesses and publishing industry related to both country and Christian music. Businesses vary from record labels and licensing firms, to recording studios and various music rights organizations.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway
As Nashville continued to grow, it demanded an updated mailing system and required relocating the main post office. The old picturesque art deco facility was then refurbished into a museum. It houses numerous art exhibits, library, lecture rooms, and more. Alongside nearby Christ Church Cathedral and Union Station Hotel, the Frist is a fine example of civic architecture with historical importance.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 5th Avenue South
This establishment preserves the titular music genre and aims to educate its audiences. Iconic artifacts such as the gold Cadillac and Porter Waggoner’s rhinestone suits attract the most attention. Other must-see objects include invaluable lyrics written on cocktail napkins and old broadcast equipment. Children can engage in interactive exhibits.
Extending from the base of Capitol Hill, beside 8th Avenue North, this state park portrays Tennessee history and terrain with its features of water, stone, flora, and granite. When the weather is hot, children can cool off and enjoy the erupting geyser fountains, each of which represents a Tennessee river. The Pathway of the Counties and Pathway of History are great trails for runners. The Farmer’s Market is conveniently located nearby.
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