Nashville is inarguably abuzz when it comes to music, food, and art. But this electric (and eclectic) scene didn’t happen overnight. Some of Music City’s most revered icons have been almost 150 years in the making, and are well worth a celebratory tip of the hat.
Nashville has been making music-and music legends – for well over a century. Founded back in 1892, the Union Gospel Tabernacle quickly became the Ryman Auditorium, which then became home to the celebrated Grand Ole Opry. During the Opry’s tenure at the Ryman, it drew musicians of all genres from all corners of the world, and helped Nashville earn its beloved moniker: Music City. After 125 years, the Ryman is still a must-see attraction for your Nashville getaway.
Afterward, add a riveting tour of historic RCA Studio B. where the ‘Nashville Sound” was developed in the 1960s. Then head back downtown to celebrate 50 years of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and view the world’s largest collection of country artifacts Or, enjoy a night of classical music with a performance by the Nashville Symphony—observing its 70th season this year.
Music City may be rooted in song, but perhaps its newest rising stars are chefs. Nashville’s culinary scene is exploding with innovative, worldly creations—from mouth-watering barbecue to Nashville hot chicken to Indian fusion.
The city dishes out plenty to satisfy your cultural appetite as well. Catch an independent film at the classic Belcourt Theatre, spend the afternoon at Frist Center for the Visual Arts, or browse the city’s hotbed of local boutiques or shops.
From classic-country powerhouses to finessed Southern fare and avantgarde art. Nashville is getting better with age. And it’s only just getting started.