A trip to the Grand Ole Opry is at the top of many people’s list while visiting Nashville. Here are some tips for your visit:
Book your tour online ahead of time– The tours can sell out and often time if you just show up they won’t have any availability. If you are not attending a show (or even if you are) then you will definitely want to take a tour so you can see the inside of the Opry. We learned this lesson the hard way. We got there one morning and the tours were all sold out until that afternoon.
See a show– The Grand Ole Orpy does their standard show, but also has tours that come through. Check the calendar and grab some tickets!
Be aware of it’s location- I was always under the impression that the Grand Ole Opry is downtown Nashville, but it is not. It is actually close to the airport and about 15 min (with no traffic) outside downtown Nashville. Rush hour in Nashville can make this trip longer.
Book your hotel accordingly- Gaylord Opryland is the huge hotel that is right next to the Grand Ole Opry. I would recommend staying there if you are just going to see shows at the Opry, but if you want to visit all of Nashville I would recommend staying near downtown Nashville and either driving or taking an Uber to the Opry.
Opry Mills– The 3 big things in the Opry area are the Gaylord Opryland Resort, the Grand Ole Opry, and Opry Mills. Opry Mills is a shopping area that has stores like a big Bass Pro Shop, Forever 21, and Dave & Busters. If you are staying in that area you can find some food and shopping here to fill the time before the show.