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ANC 2011: Must-See Music City Experiences

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ANC is certainly the place to come for professional development. But with such a fantastic city at your fingertips, you’re also encouraged to take time to discover the city affectionately known as “Music City” and the “Country Music Capital of the World.” You could easily spend a month exploring Nashville, but even if you have only a few days, you can still explore the sights!

For starters, the Gaylord Opryland complex is a destination in it of itself, with nine-acre of lush indoor gardens, waterways and waterfalls. It also boasts a variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment options all day long. If that’s not enough to keep you busy when ANC learning is done for the day, you should consider taking advantage of the Music City Total Access Pass offered through the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. This allows you to choose four of the city’s top attractions (from a list of eighteen) to visit for only $50. To learn more about this offer, visit

Photo: Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Here are just four of Nashville’s attractions you shouldn’t leave town without seeing:

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
This isn't just a museum; it's an experience, an exciting and entertaining destination in Nashville with something for everyone. Rhinstone costumes, seasoned instruments and lyric sheets are only the beginning. Add incredible architecture along with our famous southern hospitality, and a day at the museum turns into the memories of a lifetime.

Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Tour
Learn the fascinating story of the Grand Ole Opry with a tour of the Grand Ole Opry House. Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music. Tours are usually available every day, but please call in advance to confirm tour availability.

Ryman Auditorium
Take a little journey through entertainment history with a daytime tour of the Ryman Auditorium, the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Learn about the people and events that shaped the Ryman's past and present and step onto the historic stage to have your photo taken. Exhibits include Johnny & June at the Ryman, plus Grand Ole Opry 1940s through the 1970s.

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
Open the windows of time at the 1830s home of America's 7th President, Andrew Jackson, and encounter the era and people that shaped a young nation's future. Discover the past through the orientation film, exhibit gallery and museum, slave cabins, personal collection of the family and slaves, mansion tours, horse-drawn wagon tours and seasonal walking tours.

Of course, these are just a few of the many sightseeing attractions and things to do in Nashville. There’s so much more to see and discover! What will your individual Music City experience entail? That’s up to you! To help you hit the ground running, visit the Nashville’s official visitor and tourism website at

Are you a Nashville local or have you been to Music City before? What would YOU recommend your fellow school nutrition colleagues include on their “must-see” list?

First time to Nashville? What are you most looking forward to seeing?


If you are a country music fanatic, a visit to Tootsie's on Music Row is interesting. The walls are filled with autographs of some of the most famous country singers. Just a small hole in the wall, but the bonus is the life like statue of Elvis on the corner of the street.
Posted by: Terri White at 6/17/2011 2:31 PM

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