The following is a list of must-do’s for a first visit to Music City USA!
1. Yearning for music history? Head to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This spectacular facility houses 40,000 square feet of country music artifacts and archives. From here walk across the street through Walk of Fame Park, stars who played, worked and lived in Nashville are commemorated with sidewalk stars.
2. See a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Some of the biggest names in music perform every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night. The Opry has been entertaining for 85 years; it is the world’s longest-running radio broadcast – tune to 650 WSM.
3. Visit Honky Tonk Highway (Broadway) - take your pick; all lounges have a stage with live music and are experts at serving up a good time with good music.
4. Pay tribute to the Man in Black – visit the Johnny Cash Museum. The museum has a wonderful collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia including hand-written documents, awards, costumes, artwork crafted by Johnny, and instruments. The museum is a fine tribute to the Man in Black.
5. The Bluebird Café – this dynamic, unassuming little café is a music lover’s treasury. Who knows who you will get to see live; part of the intrigue lies in the unknown here. In addition to live music and a cool vibe, the weekly schedule also includes writer’s nights.
6. The people - this is one of the friendliest, down-to-earth towns. Nashville must have put Southern hospitality on the map.
Nashville is truly a magical place that can’t be comprehended until people see it and experience it for themselves. Grab your favorite pair of cowboy boots and head on down to Music City USA!
While traveling go with the flow and make your own attraction, reach out to the locals. Stop in somewhere and ask for a tour. Likely anywhere you go, if you show an interest in peoples’ lives, they’ll open doors not advertised in travel brochures. Just ask.