As The Series Ends, Visit The Best Locations From 'Nashville'
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"Nashville" fans have been crying in their beer since ABC announced it was canceling the series. And, while May 25th marks the finale of "Nashville," diehard fans will always be able to relive their favorite moments with Rayna, Scarlett, Juliette and Deacon in the city that the series has called home for four seasons.
Whatever the critics might say about the show's soapy storylines, it was always authentic in its portrayal of Nashville, using local musicians to write the music and local venues for the show's biggest performances.
Recognizing the exposure the city has received from the show, Nashville published its own Self-Guided Tour of the show's locations that anyone can "visit, tour, dine at or have their picture taken in front of." The walking tour starts downtown and can go in any direction. Heading west, the walk hits Music Row and the Parthenon, going east takes a turn to Five Points, and the southern route heads to Edgehill Village.
If you're looking for some colorful commentary as you explore the sites of "Nashville", the Insider Tour of ABCs “Nashville” Film Locations is a guided tour that gives you all the "inside scoop on the show." The three-and-a-half hour journey stops by the homes of Rayna Jaymes, Deacon Claybourne, Scarlett O’Connor and Juliette Barnes, in addition to other famous locales from the series. Tickets start at $49 per person and can be purchased online.
If you just want to hit a few highlights, here are five of the must-see "Nashville" locations to visit the next time you're in town.
Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Dr
The Grand Ole Opry has been a mainstay on the series since season one. Most of the cast has played on the Opry stage for the show and a few, including Charles Esten (aka Deacon), have played there on their own. The famous venue's backstage area has also been featured on the show and it can be toured by anyone. Peek inside the dressing rooms and green rooms before stepping into the iconic circle where so many country icons have stood before. Opry tours and performance tickets can be purchased at opry.com.
116 5th Ave N
One of Rayna and Juliette's best performances of "Wrong Song" took place on the Ryman stage, which is fitting since it’s considered the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Now a National Historic Landmark, the Ryman has hosted legends like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton throughout its 124-year history. The Ryman also offers self-guided and backstage tours. Purchase tickets or see who's playing here next at ryman.com.
4104 Hillsboro Pike
The Bluebird has played such a large part in the series, that they built a replica of the venue on their soundstages. All of the performers on "Nashville" have played here, and a few of their characters worked there. The Bluebird is a must for any country fan and features live performances every night, but reservations are suggested.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville — Downtown
706 Church St
This Homewood Suites served as the site for Rayna's Highway 65 Records and, until recently, the Highway 65 logo could even be spotted on the hotel's windows. Its central location also makes it a good home base for exploring Nashville.
Broadway and 1st-5th Aves
Lower Broadway is the heart of Nashville's famous honky tonk district so it is no surprise the area has been featured on the TV series many, many times. Tootsie’s, Rippy’s and Tequila Cowboy have not only been used for performances on "Nashville," they've helped some of country music's real life stars get their start, too.
A recent statement on the city's website, regarding the cancellation of "Nashville", is a reminder that the show might be ending, but we'll always have Nashville. "We hope that you'll continue to come see us in Music City in the weeks, months, and years to come. You're always welcome in Nashville!"
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