Activities Nashville Tennessee: The dominance of country music tends to overshadow the fact that Nashville is also a hotbed of many other types of art and culture. There is the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Chamber Orchestra, not to mention many theaters, music schools, art galleries and dance venues. Indeed, many musicians lead dual lives, switching from country to classical with ease.
Ryman Auditorium and Museum : Constructed in 1892, the now-restored Ryman Auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Today, it hosts performers from every genre imaginable. Indeed, the list of past performers reads like a history of American popular culture: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Isadora Duncan, Harry Connick Jr., Booker T. Washington, Neil Diamond, Nelly Furtado, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Harpo Marx, Patsy Cline, the Indigo Girls, Erykah Badu, and Dolly Parton have all graced the stage. The Opry still offers shows on occasion, too. A self-guided tour is a must for any music lover!
Grand Ole OpryHOW-DEE! If you're a country music fan, you have just found heaven. Watch history in the making as you enjoy the nation's longest running radio program, "The Grand Ole Opry." See some of country music's up-and-coming stars perform nightly. You might get a surprise as well, as some of country music's greats pop in and out without being scheduled ahead of time. If you have the chance, visit the museum located in the Opry Plaza. Here, you'll find several interactive exhibits that detail the Opry's 70-plus year history, from the incomparable Minnie Pearl to mega-superstar Garth Brooks. In addition to regular Fri-Sat night shows, the Opry offers Tuesday night shows from Apr-Dec.
Belle Meade PlantationThis elegant antebellum mansion rests on 30 acres of land just south of Nashville , and its columns still bear bullet scars from the Civil War. In earlier days, Belle Meade was one of North America's largest thoroughbred breeding farms. The plantation includes eight listed buildings, including the original dwelling, Dunham Station's cabin, which dates from 1790. The Victorian-style manor home, completed in 1853, is now a museum dedicated to preserving the Harding family's rich legacy. Every year, Belle Meade hosts the Iroquois Steeplechase.
Shopping Nashville Tennessee: Tiffany's, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Macy's, Sigrid Olsen, Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, Cole Haan…the list just goes on and on. From national names and elite designers to local artisans, Nashville's diverse shopping scene is the perfect fit for any style or price range. With both large malls and eclectic shopping districts, it's easy to while away an afternoon (or two or three) indulging in a Music City shopping spree.Opry Mills features the best names in manufacturers' and retail outlets including Nike, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5TH, Gap Outlet and Old Navy; high quality entertainment venues and themed restaurants including Regal Cinemas, Dave & Buster's and The Aquarium. If you're planning a shopping trip, check out the great overnight rates on an Opry Mills Shop & Stay Getaway Package at participating hotels.Opry Mills is located on the Opryland grounds between Two Rivers Parkway and McGavock Pike and borders the Cumberland River. Opry Mills is within walking distance from the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and next door to the Grand Ole Opry. The site is approximately seven miles from downtown Nashville
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