Begin your musical journey on Music Row at historic RCA Studio B. Nicknamed “The Home of a Thousand Hits,” Studio B became famous in the 1960s for producing what has come to be known as “the Nashville Sound.” It was also Elvis’ favorite place to record. The list of artists who recorded there include Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and the Everly Brothers.
Continue your musical journey with a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located in downtown Nashville. Not only will you experience the evolution and growth of one of the fastest growing music genres, you’ll see how country music has influenced so many other genres of music and why Nashville is the epicenter of the country music industry.
Just a few blocks north, experience the dramatic story of the Ryman Auditorium. Constructed in 1897 as a tabernacle and home to the famous Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, this National Historic Landmark is a music lover’s dream.
Take the rest of the afternoon to experience Nashville’s famous Honky Tonk Highway. Also known as Lower Broadway, this iconic street is home to legendary clubs like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World. You don't have to have a ticket to see live music in Nashville. There's free music playing all the time in this city (but if you like the music, drop a couple in the tip jar).
Start your morning with coffee, pastries, and a concert at the Nashville Symphony Coffee and Classics Series. Next, discover the history of Nashville’s famed Music Row on a walking or coach tour with Let’s Go Travelin’.
Finish your tour sitting in on a live Nashville recording session at Imagine Recordings. Sit side-by-side with the music industry’s top session pros as they record new music in a world-famous Music Row recording studio.
Make a stop in downtown Nashville for lunch at The George Jones. Tour the museum located on the second floor before making your way to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Located at the historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium, this museum honors the talented musicians who played on some of the greatest recordings of all time. You’ll learn that Jimi Hendrix actually learned how to play guitar while he was living in Nashville and that Roy Orbison wrote “Oh, Pretty Woman” from his apartment near Music Row.
Take in a songwriters’ night at what's been voted the best sounding room in Nashville at the Listening Room Cafe. Enjoy dinner and drinks as you listen to both up-and-coming artists and the star songwriters behind Nashville’s biggest hits.
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Visit the new National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), located in Nashville’s newest development, Fifth and Broadway. The NMAAM is the only museum in the nation with a dedicated focus on all dimensions of the contributions African Americans have made to American music.
Experience what it’s like to be a Nashville VIP with Backstage Nashville, a turn-key hit songwriters party and one of the only daytime songwriters’ shows in Nashville! Enjoy food, spirits, art, and music in this unique, innovative gathering at 3rd and Lindsley.
Make a stop in Music Valley and get face to face with your favorite musician in the first all music themed Madame Tussauds, located inside of Opry Mills. Featuring the best in country, pop, rock, and more, Madame Tussauds Nashville is the perfect spot for a selfie with a star!
Enjoy dinner at one of many restaurants inside Opry Mills before heading to the Grand Ole Opry, the country’s longest running radio show. In one show, you’ll hear a dozen performers, from country music greats to newcomers on the scene. Walk in the footsteps of country music’s superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous with an Opry Backstage Tour. Daytime and post-show tours are available to fit your scheduling needs!
Nashville offers many entertainment options to satisfy your musical appetite. Consider visiting one of Music City’s many musical productions: A Tribute to the King, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, Nashville House Concerts at War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville Nightlife Theatre, Nashville Repertory Theatre, Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, or The Music of Nashville.
Get the maximum amount of music out of your trip by planning your visit around one of the city’s countless music events, including CMA Music Festival, Americana Music Festival, Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Live on the Green, and Musicians Corner, to name a few. You can also plan your visit to enjoy the city’s free annual celebrations on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. Past headliners include Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, and the Kings of Leon, just to name a few.