You might be in Nashville for the 2023 Clio Cloud Conference, or perhaps you’ve found yourself in Music City for another reason. Regardless, if you’re lucky enough to visit, be sure to add these iconic attractions and experiences to your Nashville bucket list.
Top 5 venues to visit in Nashville
Known as Music City, Nashville is widely celebrated as the capital of continental music culture. From rock and roll legends to jazz icons, bluegrass, gospel, and country, this electric city has helped transcend a plethora of musical genres and artists alike. We encourage you to indulge in Nashville’s musical heritage and influence by visiting the city’s hottest venues below. Though, we should say, this spectacular city has lots to offer beyond its world-class music scene!
Gaylord Opryland Resort: Go on a rainforest river float
The largest hotel in Nashville isn’t just hosting the 2023 Clio Cloud Conference—it also features a live music atrium and plenty of unique dining experiences. But the resort’s most unique feature is a mesmerizing four-and-a-half acre indoor botanical garden. This impressive mini-rainforest situated in the heart of Nashville is undoubtedly a must-see. You can take in the lush gardens waterside or float down the indoor river on an intimate boat tour to learn about the diverse marine species and plants thriving in the gardens. Don’t forget to snap a pic in front of one of the majestic waterfalls.
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Grand Ole Opry
Known as country music’s biggest stage, you can regularly find head-lining performances from local legends, internationally acclaimed mega-stars, and everything in between.
Nashville Underground: Featuring bull riding and bourbon sipping
Live the authentic Music City experience by stopping by this 40,000-square-foot live music venue. This multi-level double deck rooftop will give you a literal taste of Nashville’s renowned food, spirits, and, of course, live entertainment. And if that’s not enough, this legendary hotspot has not one, but two mechanical bulls, mini bowling, arcade games, and more. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a party, it’s underground.
Printer’s Alley: Experience premier nightlife in Nashville
Let the grand neon signs be your guide as you stray off the beaten path to explore historic Printer’s Alley. Amidst gritty brick buildings brimming with excitement, the nightlife in this alley of Music City will have you feeling like the main character in CMT’s Nashville. With top-rated clubs, bars, storefronts, and more, you’ll find no shortage of excitement. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for music legends, celebrities, and other stars.
Music Row: Tours, museums, and more
For all the music history buffs, this Southwest corner of Nashville will deliver on all fronts. Learn about the city’s musical heritage while exploring renowned historical sites such as:
- Curb Records: Instrumental in establishing the Johnny Cash Museum, Curb Records is an independent music label headquartered on Music Square East. The label’s acclaimed recordings include songs by renowned artists like Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, and the Judds.
- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI): As the largest musical rights organization in the world, trademark law fans attending the 2023 Clio Cloud Conference won’t want to miss it!
- RCA Studio B: Step foot into the very studio where Elvis recorded hundreds of songs. In addition, Dolly Parton, Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, and many more recorded quintessential hits that would go on to storm the music industry and broader culture for generations to come.
Three unique Nashville experiences
Visit this Dolly Parton themed rooftop bar
Sip on a drippy pink cocktail while you listen to “White Limozeen” at White Limozeen. Decked in Dolly, this poolside rooftop bar offers a dazzling, flushed-pink view of Nashville so dreamy that even Jolene herself would rave about it! With French-inspired cuisine and jaw-dropping decor, you would be remiss to avoid this show-stopping Nashville experience.
Eat your weight in Nashville-style hot chicken
Are you up for the challenge of making your way through Eater Nashville’s comprehensive list of the best hot chicken spots? And, if you happen to be attending the Clio Cloud Conference virtually, you can still get a taste of Nashville via a virtual southern cooking class. Lastly, for non-meat eaters, the Southern V serves up vegetarian takes on Nashville classics that pay homage to southern cuisine.
Do karaoke at Ms. Kelli’s
The heartbeat of Nashville is fuelled by music. So, naturally, you have to participate by singing your heart out at Ms. Kelli’s karaoke bar. With a top-notch sound system, endless song options, and the rattling energy of Printer’s Alley percolating in, your trip to Nashville won’t be complete without hitting the stage at Ms. Kelli’s.
Final words on getting the most out of your Nashville trip
Whether you find yourself in a rainforest river boat, taking a neon-splashed alleyway by storm, or lounging in Elvis’ old recording studio, there’s no wrong way to do Nashville. Though, it would be pretty strange as a legal professional to find yourself in Music City this October and not attend the Clio Cloud Conference—the hottest legal tech conference in town. If you aren’t familiar with ClioCon, check out our 10 reasons why ClioCon is a can’t-miss event for legal professionals. Regardless of what your bucket list consists of, we’re confident you’ll have a blast in the Nash.
We published this blog post in September 2022. Last updated: .
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