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Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

1. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

Complete your visit to the Music City with a visit to Country Music's most famous stage, the Grand Ole Opry House. This iconic live performance and radio broadcast brings rising stars, superstars, and country legends together on stage every week, along with great bluegrass, family-friendly comedy, and more. Opry shows are never rehearsed, and never the same show twice. Experience all different shades of Country, Western, and Americana music in one night as you go on a musical journey. This is a can’t-miss experience for fans of all ages. Select your seating area at the time of purchase and enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

2. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

Go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and enjoy exclusive access to the venue that made country music famous. Your expert guide will take you through the venue and introduce you to the famous musicians and stories that have made this such a beloved chapter in Nashville's history. See artifacts and photos from all eras of music history and walk through the artist's entrance. The Grand Ole Opry truly is a family; learn about the bond between the performers, their families, and this incredible piece of living history. Visit 18 different musician dressing rooms, all decorated in different themes to represent pivotal moments in country music. You may even get a chance to visit Studio A, a working television studio which was home to Hee Haw and many more productions.

Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

3. Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After entering through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, head into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Explore an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions, chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walkthrough of the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. Upgrade to the Hatch Experience to go behind the scenes at Hatch Show Print. Learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run, and see 150 years worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster!

Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

4. Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

Visit Nashville's newest musical destination, the National Museum of African American Music. Experience interactive and immersive exhibits and learn the history and cultural impact behind your favorite artists. Explore the 56,000-square-foot facility, which is the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles.  Learn about the music that was created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Discover artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothing, and state-of-the-art technology. Each gallery is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history. Hear the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to impact and change the world.

Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

5. Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

For more than 125 years, Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium has been entertaining guests and making music history. Enjoy a self-guided tour as you learn about the Ryman's place in Nashville history and the stars that have launched their career on this famous stage. Join the 'Soul of Nashville' multimedia experience for a thrilling lesson in Ryman Auditorium history featuring stars like Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Darius Rucker. Inside the auditorium, find exhibits and short films featuring your favorite stars of yesterday and today. Some of the stars represented are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Trisha Yearwood. You'll even get the opportunity to take a special photo on the iconic stage.

Nashville: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

6. Nashville: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

We generally start the tour in the historic Printers Alley at a bar called Alley Taps. Find out about how the building was established in 1895. Here you'll try custom Nashville Craft Beers. Next, go down to famous Broadway and hit up some great and off the beaten path honky-tonks where you will have some local craft cocktails and enjoy some live music! You will have a tour guide that will guide you and help you along the way. Lastly, end the tour by receiving your killer fanny pack for you to take home with you.

Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

7. Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

Step back in time to share the room with your favorite musicians and go behind the scenes of the most famous recording sessions in country music history. Check in at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and be assigned your tour time of RCA Studio B. Hop on a bus there with your guide, then learn about Dolly's "first big break", a fateful Christmas recording session with Elvis, and much more. Stand in the room and feel the magic as famous songs pump through the speakers. After your guided tour of the studio, hop back on the bus to return to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music on a self-guided tour. Enter through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, before heading into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Discover an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walk through the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. The whole family will come away with a new-found interest and respect in the artistry of the famous musicians that make Nashville famous.

Nashville: Opry Country Classics Show at the Grand Ole Opry

8. Nashville: Opry Country Classics Show at the Grand Ole Opry

Presented at the historic Grand Ole Opry House, this show celebrates the songs that made Music City. A celebrity host will share stories and songs; guests will sing their own hits as well as timeless favorites by the likes of Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash; and a spotlight artist will headline the show with several of his or her memorable classics. This is sure to be a classic night of music. Experience and sing along to timeless classics performed at the most iconic venue in country history.

From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

9. From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

Experience the legendary character of Memphis, Tennessee, and see why this city is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth. Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capitol of Blues and home to some of the best BBQ around. Celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy a VIP access pass at Graceland complete with a souvenir lanyard. You’ll see the burial site of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, walk through the Elvis car museum and see two deluxe airplanes that were used for tours and traveling. Next, you’re off to learn what accident set Rock ‘n’ Roll in motion at Sam Phillips’ famed Sun Studios in the heart of downtown Memphis. Take a guided tour to see what the recording process used to be like. Hear the stories of how many legends got their start here, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. See the famous Peabody ducks make their way down the red carpet from their fountain to the elevator as they head to bed at the lavish Peabody Hotel.

Nashville: 2-hour Trolley Sightseeing Tour by Night

10. Nashville: 2-hour Trolley Sightseeing Tour by Night

Hop on board a traditional trolley for a 2-hour guided tour of the city. Follow a carefully-curated route that gets you the best views of Nashville at night, as the guide narrates the landmarks and highlights you pass. Along the way you will stop to have time for photos at a series of locations throughout the city: see Nashville’s distinctive skyline, then take in The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens that was built for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Continue to the Tennessee State Capitol Building, beautifully illuminated after dark. Stop for photos at the Bicentennial Mall, a landmark with dramatic city views. Make your way down Broadway, where the country music scene is going full swing after dark, then return to the Riverfront train station, where this tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Nashville

We had such a great time at this museum!!! It was one of the best ever. I love history and then to be able to be immersed in music… BONUS!!! We were there for almost 3 hours, trying to capture everything there was to offer!! Do it and be sure to get the wristband to capture your playlist as you explore!!!

Such a great Nashville experience! The RCA studio tour was so interesting and lots of fun learning about all the artists etc that have been there.

Fantastic tour! Only problem was being charged for three tickets when I ordered two senior tickets.

The chance to see the Opry from a perspective you can’t experience from simply attending a show.

Nice drive there and back. They play Elvis movies and music. Graceland and sun studio awesome!