From Atlanta to Opryland is about 250 miles and 3 hours and 45 minutes drive. Of course, with a full bus, we have frequent breaks.
I traveled with a motorcoach bus group called Seniors On the Go Travel. The owner is Cathy Stokes and the website is named “Seniors On the Go Tours”. NOTE: I “always” have a great time with this group! (AND, I somehow manage to EAT-TOO-MUCH.)
It was really cold in Atlanta (about 25 Farenheit) when we left. This trip was not as ‘flawless’ as others that I have been on. (See the last paragraph at the end.) A short description of the tour was :
Tuesday lunch = Bell Buckle Cafe in Bell Buckle, TN; dinner = Opryland Hotel Showroom, Trace Adkins Christmas show (and it was VERY GOOD)!;
Wednesday = hotel buffet breakfast, Gen Jackson Showboat lunch and show, ICE Exhibit at Opryland (indoor temperature is 9 degrees F), night = Ryman Auditorium Christmas show with Amy Grant and Vince Gill;
Thursday = hotel buffet breakfast, guided-bus-tour of the city (stop at Parthenon), and return to Atlanta. We learned a lot about the city and I was impressed with all of the new buildings and the growth. Also, the replica-sized Parthenon was interesting.
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The hotel has 4000 rooms and it is easy to get ‘lost’ frequently. Fortunately, there are many signs and maps. I was fortunate to attend a convention there about 20 years ago and was aware of the ‘old’ area before the new construction and the water-park. The conservatory is impressive and the water-fountain light-show is shown several times a night. We had an included ticket for the water-barge ride in the conservatory and enjoyed the Christmas decorations. Extra-impressive was the outdoor lighting and nativity scene. I walked around many of the paths and saw many of the shops and restaurants, but there were sections that I did not cover. (There was not enough time on the trip, we could see the water-park as we drove past the outside, but – I never walked to it.)
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