If you’re able to catch a show at the Ryman while you’re in town, take it. There’s a reason they call it the Mother Church of Country Music — with the stained-glass windows, the pews instead of traditional theater seating, and the undeniable vibes of rich history wafting through the air, concerts at the Ryman feel more like you’re experiencing some kind of spiritual revival rather than just catching another concert. It’s not just for country fans — Foo Fighters, Dave Chappelle, Neutral Milk Hotel and Janelle Monáe have all played there, too.
Tours are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (self-guided, $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 4-11; guided backstage tours, $18 for adults and $13 for children ages 4-11). Check ryman.com for information on closures.