When we got to Nashville (where we were only spending 3 days) we decided to book the ‘Discover Nashville’ tour which promised a 3.5 hour journey to all the highlights of the city. We were picked up at our hotel by our tour guide, Rudy (loved him!) who stopped to introduce - by state of residence - every new group he picked to the rest of the tour bus. Rhode Island, meet Canada. South Dakota, you’re gonna be sitting with Louisiana. Rudy’s great personality definitely made the tour even more enjoyable and his knowledge of country music history was amazing. Too bad Dan and I had no idea who half the people he was talking about were….we’re Northerners! New York City doesn’t even have a country station on the dial…booo!
The tour took us past many of Nashville’s most famous sites - Historic Downtown, Fort Nashborough, the State Capitol, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University and Music Row.
|Tennessee State Capitol|
|The Parthenon in Centennial Park|
As far as the Country Music Hall of Fame goes – wow, so much to see here! This is someplace that we probably wouldn’t have gone to on our own, so spending an hour here was just perfect. I enjoyed seeing the Elvis memorabilia as well as some of the more current stuff from Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, while Dan favored the exhibit on Hank Williams – who knew he was so messed up?
|Outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum|
|Hank Williams' white cowboy suit|
|Johnny Cash's black guitar|
|Taylor Swift's Reem Acra dress from the 2009 CMA Awards|
The last stop on the tour was the world famous honky-tonk bar, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge where we heard some fabulous live music and enjoyed a refreshing complimentary drink. Perfect end to the day!
If you’re looking for the ideal way to see Nashville in a short amount of time, we highly recommend taking this tour. Even though we didn’t know that much about the country music scene, we found it very informative and enjoyable. However, we still have no clue who Conway Twitty is.