By Greg Dotson
Nashville, Tennessee, also called Music City USA, is more than just Country Music for your student group. Many student groups pass on this amazing destination because they think you have to like Country Music to appreciate it. That’s simply not the case with an abundance of culture, history, adventure, shopping, fine dining and more. Plus there is a good chance you will love Country Music after your fantastic visit.
I had the opportunity to visit Nashville during the CMA Music Festival so there was music everywhere I turned – in every honkytonk, restaurant, shopping mall, and even in the airport. And, it was all great music! I was amazed how many talented musicians I heard. The highlights of the music tour had to be the Country Music Hall of Fame, with a private tour of RCA Studio B. Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world’s most important and successful recording studios. I also visited the Ryman Auditorium, which was the formerly the Grand Ole Opry House and the Union Tabernacle Choir. And, no trip to Nashville is complete without taking in a performance at the Grand Ole Opry. A tour of the backstage area puts you right in the middle of the action and some lucky guests even get the chance to sit on stage during the live performance.
While in Nashville, I had the chance to visit many of their world-class attractions including:
- The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
- The Frist Center for Visual Arts
- The Hermitage – the former plantation home of Andrew Jackson
- The Parthenon, a full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Greece
- The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
- The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony
As far as entertainment, I loved my cruise down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat. They offer both lunch and dinner cruises throughout the year with delicious meals and amazing entertainment. I also loved visiting the famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville’s #1 Dining and Entertainment destination. Not only did I get to experience a little country line dancing, but I also tasted my first fried pickles. And, for those true Country Music fans, you can make arrangements for tours of the stars homes. Or, wait long enough and you are likely to run into someone anywhere you go. If you are a sports fan, which I am, you can take in a Tennessee Titans football game at LP Field, or take in a Nashville Predators Hockey game at Bridgestone Arena. You could even visit the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. There are so many choices in Nashville and it’s a little more than just Country Music.
How soon would you like to visit Music City USA? This is the perfect place for your student group. And, with Kaleidoscope Adventures, the planning is so much easier. Contact us today to book your next trip to Nashville, Tennessee!