grand ole opry

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry

Nashville, Tennessee is the home of great American music and the capital of country and southern rock. It has the second largest population in Tennessee with more than 660,000 residents and it continues to grow as well as host tons of tourists from around the globe every year. Anyone planning to visit Nashville must stop by the Grand Ole Opry.

If you only visit one place in Nashville, make it The Grand Ole Opry. Also known as the home of the show that made country music famous, The Opry is a renowned country music stage originally founded in 1925. This iconic venue has inspired and influenced some of today’s top artists. Throughout the years, the Grand Ole Opry has become an integral part of Music City USA’s cultural growth. It remains popular with tourists from all over. You can see local acts perform alongside stars of yesterday and today. A tour might be worth your time if you want to learn how America’s greatest Country Music stage came to be. Some of the artists who have graced this stage are Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and Carrie Underwood. If you’re lucky, you could catch future legends playing at The Opry as well. Whether you are a die-hard country music fan or just appreciate learning about America’s history, a visit to The Opry should be on your list.

The Grand Ole Opry was originally located at Ryman Auditorium. Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium was originally built as a tabernacle by Methodists. The 2000-seat venue was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry but has since relocated to Opry Land. Ryman Auditorium is a historical site, listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmark list. This Auditorium played host to some of country music’s greatest stars (including Bob Hope, Hank Williams, and Roy Rogers) and is now a hugely popular venue for visiting musicians. A guided tour covers such areas as the backstage to historic viewing boxes – it’s essential viewing for any fan of US Music history.

Nashville, Tennessee, maybe one of the biggest cities in the South, but it still manages to hold onto its small-town charm and friendly southern hospitality. From the legendary live music venues to incredible cuisine, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Nashville. No matter how much time you do end up spending in Music City USA, you will want to come back for more.

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