Full disclosure: I am not a country music fan. But it felt wrong to spend time in Nashville, America's country music capital, without a visit to the infamous Grand Ole Opry.
The Grand Ole Opry is a live weekly concert and radio broadcast (the longest running in US history), dedicated to honoring country music and its history. Every once in a while, they'll let bluegrass, folk, or gospel musicians share the stage, but really, people come here to listen to the country greats. Over the years, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Carrie Underwood, and Garth Brooks have performed here...and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
The Grand Ole Opry also had its curious share of non-country performers: President Nixon, Kevin Costner, Jack Black, Kevin Bacon, and many more.
It's an institution, and its highly coveted membership remains one of country music's crowning achievements.
Tickets range from $35-$75.
>>>Nina Dietzel traveled on Trafalgar’s “Tastes and Sounds of the South” itinerary as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Nina’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.