Nashville First Look

Posted by ATA Staff on August 29, 2013 in Trade Show
Honky-Tonk, ckramer, ATA Photo: ckramer, Flickr Creative Commons

Buzz is high for this year’s ATA Trade Show thanks to a loaded show floor and a honky-tonk host. While you’re kicking your feet up during a long, Labor Day weekend, take a tour of Nashville and see what the city has to offer while you’re there. 

About the City

There is only one Music City. And today, Nashville continues its emergence as a cultural, artistic and entertainment-rich destination, filled with unique music and event venues, a myriad of art galleries, plantation homes, botanical gardens and greenway, honky-tonks, professsional sports and fine dining. 

Nashville has a host of unique attractions, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Grand Ole Opry, Belle Meade Plantation, The Hermitage, Ryman Auditorium and more. 

Explore Nashville’s neighborhoods filled with unique shopping and dining options, and check out Nashville’s diverse music scene at one of more than 120 music venues around town.

At you may request a free Visitors Guide, discover our many unique events or you may purchase attraction tickets in advance to save time! To take advantage of special discounts provided by some of Nashville's best attractions, restaurants, tour companies, and shopping options, view ATA attendee discounts here.

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10 Things You Can Only Do In Nashville  

  1. Hear the Music Where Music Lives — We’re proud of the title “Music City”— nowhere else can you hear such diverse sounds as Americana, country, rockabilly, jazz, blues, classical, gospel and rock ’n’ roll. Every honky tonk and club showcases a different songwriter waiting for the next big break.
  2. Hit the Hall Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Do more than hear the music. See it. Live it. Experience it. This isn’t just a museum; it’s an experience with something for everyone. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments, and tear-stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. Don’t miss the Music City Walk of Fame across the street in Walk of Fame Park, where music celebrities who lived, worked and played in Nashville are commemorated with sidewalk stars.
  3. Ride the Row Visit historic RCA Studio B by taking a tour of Music Row to the famous recording studio where Elvis recorded over 200 songs. Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold and many more recorded classic hits here. Not surprisingly, the heartbeat of Music City is driven by music—from country to classical.
  4. Visit the Home Of the Greek Gods — In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon houses an art gallery and museum as well as Athena Parthenos, created by Nashville artist Alan LeQuire. At almost 42 feet in height, it’s the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
  5. Take In a Songwriters-In-the-Round Show — It’s simple. It’s classic. It’s uniquely Nashville. In a city of working musicians and songwriters there’s no better way to hear the music. Typically called a “writers night,” several singer/songwriters sit on stage accompanied only by a microphone, a guitar and their immense talent. These shows can be found in small, intimate clubs like the famed Bluebird Café all over town.
  6. Kick Up Your Boots — The Wildhorse Saloon serves up country that kicks! Daily line-dance lessons are free for those adventurous enough to scoot onto the dance floor. Take a break from the dance floor to enjoy the famous barbecue. Music’s brightest stars often perform here, too.
  7. Visit the Ryman Auditorium — Sure, it’s called the “Mother Church of Country Music,” but artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Tony Bennett regularly perfrom on its legendary stage. Since 1892, the world’s greatest stars have headlined the Ryman Auditorium, from Caruso to Cash. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio.
  8. Take a Timeless Journey — The stars of the Grand Ole Opry perform every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night with guest appearances by the biggest names in music. With 85 years under its belt, it’s the world’s longest-running radio broadcast and shows no signs of slowing down.
  9. Salute — Three U.S. Presidents called Tennessee home – Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson. You can revisit the past at The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson. Polk is buried on the grounds of the historic State Capitol building.
  10. Visit Honky Tonk Highway — Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, The Stage, Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World are all experts at serving up cool longnecks and hot country music. You never know who you’ll see in these Lower Broadway clubs in the shadow of the Ryman. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and other stars began their careers at Tootsie’s.