Headed to Music City for NatCon19? We are thrilled to have our hometown of Nashville hosting the conference. To help you get the most out of your time here, we have put together a few ideas to help you experience Nashville like a native!
Whether you are a fan of live music, museums, the great outdoors or fabulous and unique dining experiences, Nashville has something for everyone.
Here are just a few of the many attractions that the great city of Nashville has to offer. From music-related landmarks to some of the most unique eats, Nashville has a lot to offer while you’re in town for the conference.
1. Honky Tonks on Lower Broadway
Located in the heart of downtown, you’ll find some of the most iconic live music venues in the city. Seven days a week, you can hear music fill the streets – coming from famous watering holes such as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, The Stage, Layla’s and Robert’s Western World. And, most places on Broadway are budget-friendly and don’t charge a cover if you want to come inside and enjoy the show.
2. The Parthenon in Centennial Park
One of the most unique attractions in Nashville is the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original located in Athens, Greece. Built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, it includes a 42-foot tall statue of the goddess Athena and 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. The Parthenon is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 p.m.–4:30p.m. The Parthenon is closed on Mondays.
3. The Ryman Auditorium
Often billed as “The Mother Church of Country Music”, the Ryman Auditorium is revered by musicians around the world as one of the most prestigious music venues. Originally erected in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, it has hosted some of the most popular acts including Johnny Cash, the Pixies and Elvis. The Ryman offers daily tours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is located in downtown Nashville at 116 Fifth Avenue North.
4. Nashville Hot Chicken
If you’re craving something truly unique to Nashville, you have to try Nashville-style hot chicken. A local specialty, it’s a unique type of fried chicken that’s heavily coated in cayenne pepper and often served with a slice of white bread and pickles. But, be sure to keep a glass (or two!) of water handy. It’s not for the faint of heart! Some of the most popular places to grab a bite include Pepperfire Hot Chicken in East Nashville and Hattie B’s which has locations in West Nashville, midtown and downtown. And, if you’re in the mood for someone a little different, Nashville has a lot of other dining options to offer. From homemade pasta at Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen to farm to table fare from City House in Germantown, our hometown has something to offer for every foodie!
5. Shopping in the 12 South Neighborhood
The 12 South neighborhood sits just south of Vanderbilt University, near the heart of downtown. In recent years, it has blossomed to become one of the hottest shopping destinations in town. It’s home to Imogene + Willie (a cult favorite for custom-made jeans), Draper James, owned and operated by Reese Witherspoon, and White’s Mercantile, a women’s boutique founded by the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr.
If you’d like to learn more about these and more insider tips to make the most of your time in our fair city, be sure to stop by our booth #807 at NatCon19. And, you can also explore Nashville with nashvilleguru.com. It includes a curated list of events to attend, the best neighborhoods to visit and some of the most popular happy hour specials hosted by restaurants in town.
We want to hear from you! Make sure to stop by booth #807 and tell us about your Nashville experience. Maybe take a shot at grabbing some cash at our Money Booth while you’re there!