Discover Nashville

Nashville Educational Tours

Known as the origin for many of the biggest names to grace the American stage, Nashville is the home of country music! The Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall of Fame, RCA Studios – it’s all right here in Music City.

Nashville Overview

The capital of the state of Tennessee could also be considered the United States Capital of Music, hence the nickname Music City. Although Nashville is strongly associated with country music, this city’s musical legacy has reached many other genres such as bluegrass, rock, gospel, jazz and blues. Students on an educational tour in Nashville can get an in-depth look at every aspect of the music industry. Not into music? There’s still plenty for visitors of all ages to see and do.

One must-visit attraction in Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum features exhibits on the history of country music, showcasing artifacts, photographs, and recordings from some of the genre’s most famous artists. Students can also visit the Ryman Auditorium, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” where legends like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton have performed. Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world’s most important and successful recording studios. More than 35,000 songs were brought to life by Studio B magic! Students can also take a tour and see a show at the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Dedicated to honoring country music and its history, the Opry showcases a mix of legends and contemporary chart-toppers performing music, comedic performances and skits.

For those interested in learning about Nashville’s history and culture prior to its days of musical fame, a visit to the Belle Meade Plantation is a must. The plantation features a mansion that dates back to 1853, as well as exhibits on its history and role in the city’s development. Students can also take a walking tour of the city’s historic district, which is home to numerous landmarks and sites, including the Tennessee State Capitol and the Hermitage, the home of President Andrew Jackson. Other great outdoor options include the city’s Centennial Park, which features walking trails, gardens, and the famous Parthenon replica, and nearby Radnor Lake State Park, which features hiking trails and a variety of wildlife, including deer, owls, and herons.

Have you heard of Nashville hot chicken? In addition to its attractions and outdoor activities, Nashville is known for its delicious food and drink scene. The city’s downtown area is home to numerous restaurants and cafes offering local favorites like Nashville hot chicken (fried chicken with fiery spices served with white bread and a pickle) and BBQ. Students can also take a stroll down Broadway, a street lined with honky-tonks and live music venues.

Hope for the Heroes

Hope for the Heroes is the perfect combination of music, sight-seeing, and volunteerism. Select vocal and instrumental ensembles will gather in Nashville to record and perform in support of our Nation’s Wounded Veterans. Hope for the Heroes is a program offered exclusively through Educational Travel Adventures.