Visitors from all over their world have built their travel itineraries around Grand Ole Opry shows for decades. It's as iconic as you can get in Nashville. Currently held in their own building near Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills Mall, just a short trip from downtown and near the airport, The Grand Ole Opry is an experience that can’t be missed for die-hard country music fans.
The Grand Ole Opry began as a radio variety show back in 1925 called the WSM Barn Dance. The Opry is seen by many as one of the major influences on how Nashville became “Music City,” as well as the platform that introduced to the world many of the artists that are now household names in country music.
Though the Opry began at what is now the Ryman Auditorium, when they moved to their current building in 1974, they brought a circle of hardwood from the Ryman and inserted it into center stage at the Opry House. Every entertainer that has stepped into the circle can now feel a little bit of the same nostalgia from where it all began—and so can you, because The Opry House features many different packages to select from depending on how you want to experience it. There are options for different tours, VIP experiences, and show/tour combos.
As it is a radio variety show, there is banter and a variety of acts every show, so you never know what might be said or who may show up outside of the planned bill. For those that can’t make it to the iconic stage, just tune in to the Opry broadcast on satellite radio, Nashville’s 650AM WSM, or at the Opry website.
Cover image courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry.