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Known as one of the top studios in Nashville, the Historic RCA Studio B is where some of the music industries greatest hits were recored. With over 35,000 songs recorded here, not to mention over 1,000 of those being top American hits, this Music Row attraction is a bonafide Nashville landmark. Daily tours allow guests to get a firsthand look where the music, stories and the magic were made. Close your eyes and you can almost hear Elvis with his Southern accent or Dolly Parton belting out Jolene.
When you are looking for a little more than your average tour of the Music City, climb aboard the funniest bus in town. The Jugg Sisters are your hostesses and they will have you laughing and singing all afternoon. As you visit all the major attractions in the city, you will hear the satirical and very risqué commentary of the sisters while riding in comfort on their tacky pink bus. NashTrash Tours is not a very sophisticated ride, as alcohol is allowed to be consumed on the bus, so you might be best to leave the kids at home. If you don't mind the overall "hillbilly" theme, you're sure to have a grand time.
Travel back in time in a fully restored 1950's passenger train. The passenger cars feature large picture windows, air conditioning and reclining seats. Themes like train robbery or murder mystery are a surprising part of the excursion. The museum houses a one-of-a-kind library of books on railroads and one of the largest collections of railroad artifacts in the world.
This 100-yard paddle-wheeler cruises the Cumberland River each day. Once aboard, the atmosphere and hospitality will usher you back to the 19th century. The daytime cruise includes a lunch buffet and service by a singing staff. The three-hour dinner cruise includes a three-course meal and entertainment provided by a swing band and dancing in the ballroom.
Music fans can book Nashville on Stage, a popular concert tour that features top acts in the area's best performance halls. History buffs may opt for a ride on the General Jackson Showboat or spend the day touring the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson. Whatever your interests, Johnny Walker Tours have got a tour for you. Extended vacations, including hotel accommodations and deluxe motor coach, may also be arranged for your charter group. Call or visit web site details.
The Cheek Family, who founded Maxwell Coffee, built this elegant mansion in the late 1920s. In the late 1950s, they donated the mansion and the surrounding 65 acres to the City of Nashville, which maintains the estate today. This Nashville treasure includes the botanical gardens, contemporary art galleries, a gift shop and the Pineapple Room restaurant. A variety of classes and workshops are available to all ages. There is also the Cheekwood's Museum of Art which house some great American and British paintings worth checking out. The grounds include several types of gardens and the Woodland Sculpture Trail.