The Grand Ole Opry House is the venue for the Grand Ole Opry, which is itself the longest running weekly radio show in America and the top showcase for talented artists in country music. Every week, this concert venue hosts the most popular of the country music shows in Nashville, which is then broadcast live throughout the nation on WSM-AM. If you’re a fan of country music, in addition to catching a show at the Grand Ole Opry Theater, you may also want to take a tour of the Opry House itself.
A tour of the Grand Ole Opry Theater allows visitors to get a backstage glimpse of the theater, with numerous photo opportunities. Visitors can walk onstage and see the six-foot circle of wooden boards that was originally part of the Grande Ole Opry's previous venue, the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, which hosted such classic country stars as Hank Williams. You will also get a chance to see the dressing rooms, Studio A, the Grand Ole Opry post office, and other historic locations in the building.
If you want to spend a full day in the area, there are several restaurants nearby, many of them part of the Opryland Resort. You may also want to try a meal at the Cracker Barrel, a country-themed restaurant and sponsor of the show. Nearby, the Opry Mills Mall is a great place to do some shopping. Of course, no tour of the Grand Ole Opry House would be complete without one of its signature performances at 7 pm on Saturday nights. Witnessing the greatest of country music shows in Nashville is a rare delight, and will make your trip to Nashville truly memorable, even if you’re new to country.