Downtown Nashville, Tennessee
Credits: John Russell/Vanderbilt University
Downtown Nashville, Tennessee

About Nashville

Nashville has been the capital city of Tennessee since 1843, and boasts a metropolitan population of almost 1.6 million people. Founded in 1779, the settlement was strategically located on the Cumberland River at the Northern terminus of the Natchez Trace, thereby cementing its role as a trade center, a role that would be further reinforced with the advent of the railroad in the 19th century. Following the Civil War, Nashville grew rapidly, acquired the label "Athens of the South" due to the plethora of institutions of higher education in the area, and became the undisputed center of the country music recording industry after World War II.


Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
Schermerhorn Symphony Center


  • The following map can direct you to a variety of dining options within walking distance of the conference hotels and venues. Approximate prices have chiefly been drawn from data gathered from The Nashville Scene. Walking directions between conference hotels and venues are also indicated.
Map/Restaurant Guide
Restaurant guide--West End Ave
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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Things to see and do


*Indicates tours among the optional group tours scheduled for Saturday afternoon post-conference

  • Nashville City Tour ($51.95, 3.5 hours, can add Homes of the Stars Tour for $20ish)
  • Nashville Homes of the Stars Tour ($45.95, 3 hours)
  • Nashville Haunted Ghost Tour ($19.95, 90 minutes)
  • Nashville Walking Tour ($21.95, 90 minutes)
  • NashTrash Tour ($35, $32 for seniors, 90 minutes)
  • United Record Pressing ($10)


Ryman Auditorium
Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
Ryman Auditorium

Sights: Downtown

Sights: Midtown

The Parthenon, Centennial Park
Credits: Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University
The Parthenon, Nashville, Tennessee

Sights: Further afield



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