You wouldn't think so, but there's a hotel in Nashville that is a tourist destination unto itself. Really.
It's so popular that other hotels in the area run shuttles to it just so their guests can go and see it for themselves.
The Gaylord Opryland sits on 40 acres of land. Almost 30 of those are covered by the massive building itself. It is the largest non-casino hotel in America outside of Las Vegas. There are just under 3,000 rooms, a navigable indoor river, three massive atriums, the studios of one of the most powerful radio stations in the country (WSM), 17 restaurants and bars, a golf course, and 600,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Musick family decided to tackle the Gaylord one day and, it might not have quite been "a three hour cruise...," it did turn into a three hour adventure just to make it through the incredible amount of lobby and atrium space here during the frigid Thanksgiving week while getting lost at seemingly every turn.
Did they ever make it back out alive? (SPOILER HINT: I am typing this...)
Watch our last Tennessee video as we hunt for food, hack through jungle, brave the frigid wilds of the Cumberland valley, all while trying to find our way through...it's "The Gaylord Expedition."
After you've watched that, you may want to browse through the collection of reports and videos that make up our complete, Grand Tennessee Tour, by clicking on the links below...
On the Elvis Trail - Day Trip to Tupelo
Dining and Drinking in Memphis
Memphis - Martin and Elvis
On the Elvis Trail - From End to The End
Welcome to Nashville
Daytrip to Franklin
Nashville - The One With The Music...
Nashville - The Hall of Fame and Studio B
The Cocktail Hour: Beale Street Pub Crawl
...and that's a wrap for the Grand Tennessee Tour. Hope to see you back for our next new adventure soon.
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