Music City USA

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100% Recommended

Amy Eben

Sioux Center, IA
Manager and Leisure Travel Specialist

I became a travel agent directly out of college and had fully planned on it being a "stepping stone" job to something different in the future. I fell in love with the industry and the people at The Travel Advantage in Sioux Center and have now bee...

Music Legend

Nashville is built on music and music continues to be the heart and soul of the city.  From the hotels to the restaurants to the sightseeing, music is woven into the culture and the social life of this exciting tourist destination. 

One big part of this culture is the historic Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry. The Opry is still staged live every week and has ignited the careers of hundreds of county stars. I could feel the history come alive from my church-like pew as both seasoned and new artists performed with passion. it was a surreal experience!

Close to the Ryman Auditorium is Broadway Street.  Broadway Street and the surrounding blocks are filled with fun bars and restuarants featuring live music.  Stages are set up near the front door of each establishment and entire walls are removed so that the mesmerizing melodies fill the streets and sidewalks. You can enjoy a meal and a drink and then walk 30 steps to the next location to hear an entirely different band and music genre. Places such as the Wild Horse Saloon have multiple levels looking down on a huge dance floor while other establishments such as Acme Feed and See Company, have multiple floors with a different band playing on each.  The atmosphere is unique and the food choices at Acme are unbelievable!  

Another must see attraction is the famous Gaylord Opryland Resort.  With 3000 rooms and 18 restaurants, the resort is a destination in itself.  The lobby and atrium areas are filled with greenery, ponds, raised walkways, waterfalls and you guessed memorabilia. Large colorful guitars and music notes filled the empty spaces and serve as a constant reminder that you are in Music City.  Despite my ability to get lost every time I tried to return to my room, the resort was breathtaking!

For those travelers who love history, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum contains a huge collection of costumes, guitars, original song scores, etc. belonging to some of the biggest county music stars such as Dolly Pardon, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams, just to name a few. There is also a separate area showing every inductee into the Hall of Fame dating back decades.  

For those of you who want to be star struck, Nashville is the home to several stars such as Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, and the band members of Little Big Town. Stars are often seen around town or even making appearances at one of the local bars. You can even take a "Home of the Stars" tour to view residences of stars both past and present.

In Nashville the people are beyond friendly, the food is phenomenal, the history is haunting and the level of talent is unmatched.  If you like music and a laid-back environment, I would love to plan your next trip to Nashville! 

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