The Olson's Retirement RV Adventures travel blog

Original check-in lobby of the Gaylord Opryland Resort built in 1978.

Ceiling of the lobby.

Original entrance strairway.

1 of 4 Atriums to a almost 3000 room Opryland Resort.

Portion of the canal through the resort.

Atrium number 2.

Entrance to another portion of the resort.

Atrium number 3.

600,000 Sq.Ft. of convention halls.

There is always a Shrekky around.

Atrium number 4.

Did we mention more than one waterfall?

Next stop "American Pickers" Nashville store.

Going in.

Fun to see somthing in the store we watched them buy the...

This was awesome!

A lot to look at.

Old Marathon Auto plant back in 1909. They have 4 original Marathon...

There are about 4 of these statues in downtown.

Only one of these.

Here he is having lunch.

2nd Ave. at lunch time. It's more rowdy at night.

BB Kings, Coyote Ugly

Having a beer on the second floor of Tootsies.

The 2nd floor bar. We did not try the 3rd floor.

First floor was crowded and noisy.

Nashvilles sports arena.

Broadway view - with old buildings and new behind.

50's Ernest Tubb Record Shop & WSM radio broadcast studio.

Everywhere you look you see someone playing or carrying a guitar.

A bachelorette party on wheels.

They were all pedaling and very loud.

Part of our trip was a tour through the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The hotel originally featured 600 guest rooms, a 20,000-square-foot ballroom, and 30,000 square feet of convention space. It is the largest non-casino hotel in the U.S. The hotel has hosts standing through out giving maps so people can find their way around. I'm so glad we had a guide to show us around.

It was built in 4 phases beginning in 1977. Each new phase is a different theme Atrium.

**Magnolia - The original lobby and retail area of the hotel. Currently features "The District" and Grand Staircase, modeled after Tara from the movie Gone With the Wind.

**Garden Conservatory - The first atrium constructed, considered by many to be the heart of the hotel. Several weddings take place in the Garden Conservatory's romantic setting each year, near the Lionhead Fountain and Crystal Gazebo.

**Cascades - The second atrium constructed. Features the hotel's largest waterfalls. .

**Delta - The third and largest atrium constructed. Currently the center of activity at Gaylord Opryland. Home to the Delta River where you can take a boat ride through the Hotel

Besides the atrium's it houses the largest convention area in Tennessee with three main exhibit areas and five ballrooms. It also enjoys a 90% capacity all year.

The hotel had 5 - 10 feet of water in it during the 2010 flood. It only took 6 months to reopen.

After our guided tours we took one day and drove around. We visited the Nashville 'American Picker' store. It was fun to see some of the items we watched them buy on TV. I think they may make more money on the T-shirts and souvenir's then the actual items for sale.

Next stop.........Memphis.

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