Home to the legendary Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry, and to scores of highly accomplished guitar-pickers and songwriters, Nashville tours are designed for American country music lovers from far and wide.
The capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee remains the heart and soul of country music and Nashville tours are the perfect way to get into this city’s vivacious rhythm. Otherwise known as Music City, Nashville houses various music venues that have contributed to the country genre, including the legendary Studio B, home to countless country hits and a galaxy of Elvis’ RCA recordings and the famed Grand Ole Opry – the world's longest-running live radio show. Downtown, The Country Music Hall of Fame reveals the impact the city has made in music since the 1920s.
An artistic city, Nashville is still as vibrant as it was years ago; the ‘District’, features many music clubs with live music, while the Frist Center for Visual Arts hosts stunning exhibits for art lovers. As well as music, Nashville tours reveal this to be a city that is also proud of its history. Once known as the ‘Athens of the South’. The city constructed The Parthenon, a replica of the famous Greek structure to pay homage to its nickname – earned for having several institutions of higher education in the city.
Great music venues, museums and art galleries all add to Nashville’s artistic charm. But one of the best parts of tours in Nashville is undoubtedly the food and drink. Visitors can expect to enjoy Southern soul food staples such as succulent smoked ribs and crispy fried catfish. While meat lovers can enjoy a ‘meat and three’, often one meat and three side dishes from a list of daily specials. Roll your sleeves up and prepare to get messy when you stop off for a bite to eat on a Nashville tour, this is an American city that doesn’t do its dining by halves, nor its portion sizes.
Nashville tours wouldn’t be complete without a walk down Honky Tonk Highway where you’ll find enough live music venues to keep you entertained both day and night. And that’s no exaggeration, Nashville’s honky tonks are often open from 10am until 3am the next day. They say the big apple is the city that never sleeps, but it looks as though Nashville is running hot on its heels. Located on Lower Broadway, Honky Tonk Highway has been the birthplace to some of country music’s finest, including Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Whether you’re a country music fan or not, a tour of Nashville simply wouldn’t be complete without an evening here.
If the authentic American rhythm of Nashville is calling your name, take a look at our selection of Nashville tours that celebrate the best that this southern city has to offer, which of course means the King of rock ‘n’ roll himself, Elvis Presley and a visit to his much loved home. What’s not to love?
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