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It was this radio show, which began broadcasting in the 1920s, that put Nashville on the map as the "Country Music Capital of the World." Although its venue has changed over the years, the Grand Ole Opry continues to host top country performers like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. And a trip to Nashville isn't complete without stopping by the Grand Ole Opry House for a tour to look back through the ages. Get a behind-the-scenes look one of three ways: with a daytime backstage tour, a post-show tour or a VIP tour. During a daytime tour, your guide will share stories of music legends who have walked the venue's hallowed halls, show you photos from the Opry's venerated history and possibly bring you on to the iconic stage. Recent visitors were very pleased with the tours, noting the guides were energetic and offered many fun facts about the institution.

The Grand Ole Opry is located northeast of downtown Nashville and tours are offered seven days a week, although availability depends on concert schedules. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit the Grand Ole Opry website. Admission for adults (ages 12 and older) for a daytime backstage tour costs $27, while children's (ages 4 to 11) admission costs $22. Post-show tours and VIP tours cost extra.

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#1 Ryman Auditorium There's no better place to start absorbing Nashville's musical heritage than the Ryman Auditorium. It's no longer home to the Grand Ole Opry, but the auditorium continues ... Read more » nashvilledino2 / Getty Images

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#3 The Parthenon Nashville is a city of many nicknames; most of them have to do with music. Still, the city is also known as the "Athens of the South" thanks to the ... Read more » inhauscreative / Getty Images

#4 Grand Ole Opry It was this radio show, which began broadcasting in the 1920s, that put Nashville on the map as the "Country Music Capital of the World." Although its venue has changed ... Read more » Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry

#5 The Johnny Cash Museum Uncover the enigma behind The Man in Black with a visit to The Johnny Cash Museum. The museum, which opened in April 2013, boasts the world's largest collection of ... Read more » Jarrett Gaza / The Johnny Cash Museum

#6 Belle Meade Plantation Constructed in 1853 in a breathtaking Greek Revival style, the Belle Meade Plantation is known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations." At the center of the plantation is the ... Read more » dwhartwig / Flickr

#7 Tootsie's Orchid Lounge After a day exploring the roots of the "Country Music Capital of the World," why not experience the sounds of Music City first-hand? If you're looking for an authentic ... Read more » Kevin Oliver / Flickr

#8 The Hermitage Constructed in 1821 for President Andrew Jackson, this Greek Revival mansion now stands as a National Historic Landmark and a preserved window into the president's home life. Most of ... Read more » Courtesy of The Hermitage

#9 Cheekwood Estate & Gardens Art aficionados and nature lovers alike should plan on making a stop at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. With its greenhouses, sculpture trail and chromatic flower display, the 55-acre Botanical ... Read more » fallingwater123 / Flickr

#10 Adventure Science Center Take a break from history and country music and treat your kids to some hands-on educational entertainment. Interactive displays at the Adventure Science Center allow little ones to learn about ... Read more » Courtesy of the Adventure Science Center

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# The Frist Center for the Visual Arts Before it was The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, this art deco-style building was a U.S. Postal Service office. Now it holds works of art from the region ... Read more » Courtesy of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

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The Ryman Auditorium was originally home to the Grand Ole Opry. Performances are still held here. nashvilledino2 / Getty Images

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is popular with music lovers and history buffs. legacy1995 / Getty Images

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It was this radio show, which first aired in the 1920s, that put Nashville on the music map.
Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry

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Occupying 30 acres, the Belle Meade Plantation is known as the "Queen of Tennessee plantations." dwhartwig / Flickr

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Belmont Mansion is Tennessee's largest house museum. Courtesy of Belmont Mansion

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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a popular museum for adults and kids alike to enjoy. Courtesy of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

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