Cars & Stars Museum of Music Valley
Entering thru the dusty, musty gift shop, the counter person will start a video describing what you will be looking at. Most of the cars do NOT belong to the stars - there is a picture of a famous person/movie/tv show displayed beside a SIMILAR car of that era. Not very large - had maybe 30 cars and several motorcycles and other "vehicles". My dad got in free, because he is handicapped. My mom paid $5 as a senior, and my admission was $8 - in my opinion, WAY too expensive for what they have.
Unique Suggestions: A few interesting things here - the front car of Elvis' favorite roller coaster, the Zippin' Pippin, from an amusement park in Memphis, and a photo display describing the current disposition of the hearse which carried Elvis' body to the cemetery.
Fun Alternatives: I'm not a car person, but my dad very much is one. I won't say I was bored, but I think it is too expensive for what you see there. If it was like $3, it might be worth it. My dad was interested in the cars though, so this may not qualify as a tourist trap to someone who is a motor-head.Related to:
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Music Valley Wax Museum - too hokey for words
I've been to good wax museums (Madame Tusseaud's, Hollywood Wax Museum), and I've been to bad wax museums (New Orleans Wax Museum, Canadian Wax Museum) - this definitely falls in the latter category. It's moderately priced ($10 adult), but it feels old and dusty inside, and I couldn't tell who most of the figures were supposed to be. The ones you could tell were because of the acoutrements, not because it looked like them.
Unique Suggestions: You won't be MISERABLE here, just disappointed, I think. Go with a group and have a giggle - take photos with the figures anyway - just make a note of who it is supposed to be so you will remember later!
And definitely check out the hand/footprints out front of the museum - very cool (like Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, but with country music stars), and it's FREE!
Fun Alternatives: Check out the FREE Grand Ole Opry Museum, just across McGavock Pike and behind the Opryland Hotel - MUCH better!Related to:
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The "Wildhorse" is a music venue with dinner, bar food, etc. and a full bar. It is ok if you like corporate entertainment, i.e. Hardrock Cafe, etc, but if you want to get to know the "real" Nashville visit the honkey-tonks of Lower Broad. It is much more authentic.
Unique Suggestions: If you must visit Wildhores Saloon (and a lot of people do) try to balance it with a visit to a more authentic Nashville experience: a honkey-tonk on Lower Broad.
Fun Alternatives: Lower Broadway bars and music venues.Related to:
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Parking in downtown
ALL of the parking locations 'self parking' is $10.00 or more. Don't even bother to stop and check..
Fun Alternatives: PUBLIC PARKING: The best thing is to take 2nd street north to church/gay street.. turn right. You will go up next to the river north. You will see public parking signs. You can either park for free at night & weekends parallel, or you can go a little further to the garage on your left. It is nice & completely safe.Related to:
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I didn't run into this one myself, but met some tourists that did. After a night of much fun at the local bars they took a cab back to their hotel. One of them got sick and puked on the OUTSIDE of the cab. The cab driver was very threatening & attempted to charge them a $70 "cleaning fee", told them it was a city ordinance, and threatened to call the police. The group of tourists eventually had the hotel call the police for them due to the threatening behavior of the cabbie when they refused to pay his "cleaning fee". When the police showed up the guy took off. Turns out there is no such thing as a $70 "cleaning fee" for messing up the OUTSIDE of a cab in Nashville.Related to:
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Music Row? Oy-veh!
For the love of God, please skip Music Row. It's an overblown, neon-encrusted redneck-fest, sure to sour you to the city. If you just drive past, you can get to Music Square, where all the recording companies are located. That's much more interesting and pretty. If you want your cheeziness, Second Avenue (in the District) has plenty. It's more fun, anyway.
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