It’s a long way from Morocco, but recently I visited Nashville and went on the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour.

I grew up in Nashville and as a teenager, I worked at Opryland, which is no longer in existence. I am not really a country music fan, although I have listened to my fair share of it in my lifetime. Knowledge of country music stars is inherent in growing up there.

I have never been to the Grand Ole Opry, but enjoy the TV series Nashville. It is filmed in Studio A in the building. The tour is about 45 minutes long and is mostly conducted through videos of country music stars. The cost for adults is $27.00 and the tours start at 9:45 a.m.

The tour starts with some background information about the Grand Ole Opry and then you make your way through the Opry house to the entrance of the Stars, Studio A, the post office of the stars, members’ plaques, and then the dressing rooms.

It’s interesting and fun and people rehearse while you are touring, so entertainment is included. The Grand Ole Opry and Country Music is such a part of Nashville, it’s almost a “must do” when visiting…even if you grew up there.

Nearby is the Opryland Hotel, ten acres under roof featuring lots of beautiful atriums, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment, as well as the Opryland Mall. Visiting this complex could take an entire day and don’t forget to check out The General Jackson which cruises the Cumberland River and departs from this site. Lunch and Dinner cruises are available.


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