Ryman Auditorium#5 in Best Things To Do in Nashville
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 to host contemporary acts like Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton and Luke Combs. Recent visitors suggest opting for a tour to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the legendary music venue. Sit in on the "Soul of Nashville" screening for a multidimensional experience that uses archival images and footage of performers from the Ryman's past to illustrate its role in music history. Plus, you can learn about the auditorium's backstory with its "Workin' on a Building" exhibit, which displays artifacts from the Ryman's construction. What's more, you can test out your own pipes at the Ryman's recording studio and record a CD to take home as a souvenir.
Recent travelers enjoyed touring the Ryman Auditorium, but many say the best way to experience it is at a concert. Check the concert hall's website for upcoming shows to see if an artist you enjoy is playing during your visit. Shows often sell out, so be sure to book far in advance.
Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Self-guided tours cost $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 4 to 11 (there is an additional charge for the guided Backstage Tour option). For more information on the Ryman Auditorium, its exhibits and its events, visit the website.
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While many people come to Nashville to soak up the history of country music at the city's museums, others prefer enjoying the tunes in person. The best way to do that is to stop in to the many bars that line Broadway, downtown Nashville's main thoroughfare. Lower Broadway is nicknamed "Honky Tonk Highway" because of the numerous establishments that host live acts daily. What's more, there's no cover charge, so you can bar hop as you please.
While all the bars host live music acts, each venue has a distinct atmosphere that makes it stand out from other honky-tonks along Broadway. Some of the most popular bars include:
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