Getting on/off a motorcoach; Country Music Hall of Fame Museum is 1 block walk from hotel. Dinner is 2 block walk from hotel. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day.
At the hotel, the extensive breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, bacon or sausage, cereals, oatmeal, fruit, muffins and pastries, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, coffee, tea, water.
This morning we will walk over to The Country Music Hall of Fame. It is a self directed field trip and we'll provide the ticket for you. To be invited to be a member of the elite group at the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors in country music. The award recognizes persons who have made outstanding contributions to country music over the length of their careers. Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum with its vast collection of memorabilia illustrating the evolution of country music through the turns of two centuries. The museum has a treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits, and state-of-the-art design. For information on the special exhibits, go to: countrymusichalloffame.org
Lunch will be on your own today. You can pick up a sandwich at The Country Music Hall of Fame or walk a block over to Broadway Street, an area of downtown Nashville that is home to numerous restaurants. We will let you select the restaurant of your choice and then go on your own or with a group of friends or join the group leader for lunch at one of the many popular spots. Please be back at the hotel at 12:50 pm for a 1:00 departure for the Nashville City Field Trip.
After lunch, we'll board our motor coach with a local expert who has a wealth of knowledge and passion for Nashville music. Music has always been the common thread connecting the life and soul of Nashville and its people. The first permanent settlement began on Christmas Day 1779, celebrated with fiddle tunes and buck dancing. Davy Crockett, Nashville's first celebrity, was known far and wide for his colorful stories and fiddle playing. Nashville became a national center for music publishing. The first around-the-world tour by a musical act was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville's Fisk University. Their efforts helped fund the school's mission of educating freed slaves after the Civil War and put Nashville on the map as a global music center. Here in the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry you will see the offices of numerous record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, video production houses, along with other business who serve the music industry, as well as radio networks, and radio stations. After our Nashville City Field Trip, we will take the coach to Studio B, originally RCA Studios, home of thousands of hits that helped to define the “Nashville Sound.” Chet Atkins was one of the originators and Elvis mastered more than 200 songs here. Your expert will share many of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of this unique space where so much history has been created using the pianos, mics, and accessories you will see. Sit back and listen to recordings by your favorite artists in Sudio B.
This evening we will 2 blocks to a local popular restaurant in Nashville. Coffee, tea, and water are included; other beverages available for purchase.