Love Music? You Must Visit These Iconic Spots in Nashville

Posted by on June 5, 2018

Known as Music City, Nashville is home to some of the nation’s best music venues and attractions. Whether you love listening to live music or you want to learn about the music scene’s storied past, you have to visit these six iconic spots in Nashville.

Grand Ole Opry

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Since 1974, this gorgeous venue has hosted the Grand Ole Opry, the ever-popular country music show that first broadcast in 1925. The Grand Ole Opry welcomes both members and guest artists who perform nearly every night of the year. While you can see performers ranging from Clint Black and Dierks Bentley to Alison Krauss and Carrie Underwood, you’ll want to book your tickets as far in advance as possible, as shows regularly sell out.

Ryman Auditorium

Known as the Mother Church of country music, the Ryman Auditorium has long held a prominent spot in Nashville’s music scene. This striking venue was the original host of the Grand Ole Opry, and today it welcomes a variety of country music performers for a full calendar of shows. Get tickets to a performance or book a behind-the-scenes tour of this iconic spot. Book your IHG hotel in downtown Nashville so you’ll be within walking distance of this must-see music destination.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

If you’re looking for a more casual live music venue, you can’t go wrong with Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. One of Nashville’s most legendary honky-tonks. Tootsie’s has occupied a prime spot on Lower Broadway for decades. Like most venues on the Honky-Tonk Highway, Tootsie’s doesn’t require a cover charge, and shows here tend to keep rocking until early in the morning.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

At Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, you can pay your respects to the genre’s greats while perusing artifacts from your favorite performers and listening to recordings of classic songs. Both history buffs and country music lovers will appreciate this expansive museum, where you could easily spend an entire afternoon.

Historic RCA Studio B

For an even more fascinating peek into Nashville’s music scene, book a tour of Historic RCA Studio B. At its peak, this studio recorded more than 1,000 hit songs, including more than 200 Elvis Presley tunes. Book a tour through the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which oversees the studio, to learn how it helped popularize what became known as the Nashville Sound.

The Johnny Cash Museum

Fans of the Man in Black won’t want to miss the Johnny Cash Museum, located just a half block from the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway. Here, you can browse the largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia in the world, ranging from costumes he wore during major performances to personal notes he wrote to wife June Carter Cash. The recordings, film clips, and personal effects make this an essential stop for music lovers.

Whether you love country music or you prefer rock and roll, Nashville has just what you’re looking for. Put these iconic spots at the top of your list for your next trip to Music City.

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