Country music lovers, have we got a perfect fall trip for y’all! Head to Music City with Special Journeys where we will immerse ourselves in everything Honky Tonk and country Music. So, make sure you pack your cowboy boots and get ready for a good time in Nashville, Tennessee!
Our first stop in Nashville brings us to the Grand Ole Opry Theater, that’s right, THE Grand Old Opry. If you’re a fan of country, we know you’ve heard of the Opry, which has been a staple of Nashville for decades. This music venue is dedicated to honoring country music and its history so of course, a trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a visit. At the Opry Theater, we’ll sit back and enjoy a wonderful live show. This is the place that ‘made country music famous’ after all! The biggest names in country music have played here, such as Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, and so many more. While the exact line-up for the date of our visit has not been announced yet, it promises to be an amazing show!
Up next, we’ll spend the day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, another ‘must see’ in Nashville. This is one of the largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation of American vernacular music. This venue has amassed one of the world’s most extensive musical collections. You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy the Hall of Fame, with so many interactive experiences, displays, videos, and music, it will be sure to capture you.
At the Country Music Hall of Fame, we will learn about Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, The Judd sisters and more. Inside we’ll explore the galleries, exhibitions, priceless artifacts and gain intimate insights into the people who have shaped country music’s story.
When we’ve completed our tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, we will swing on by Studio B, which is across town and on Music Row. Studio B is a recording studio, built in 1956 where hitmakers such as Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and many others have recorded their music. We’ll get to sit at the actual piano Elvis played at, tour the small studio spaces where great artists like Hank Williams Jr sang, and see what kind of work goes into making a music album. After Studio B we will drive up and down Music Row. This area of Nashville is full of record label offices, radio stations and recording studios. The record labels put huge banners up for new releases and for hit records. So be sure to look out for your favorite new songs as we see the area where the hits are recorded and the contracts are signed!
One of the best ways to get to know a city is through its food and shopping. In between our music tour and shows we’ll enjoy some wonderful southern dishes, such as BBQ with corn bread and collard greens. Once we’ve satisfied our appetite, we’ll explore the many shopping opportunities of Nashville. If you’re looking for cowboy boots, hats, and bolo ties, this is the place! There are also plenty of souvenir shops with Nashville themed shirts, sweatshirts, keychains and keepsakes to commemorate your time in Music City!