Event Transportation in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee is known world-wide as one of the friendliest and most musical cities in the South, carrying the monikers of “The Birthplace of Country Music” and “Music City.” It is also an ideal destination for large meetings and events.
Nashville is accessible, with roughly 50% of the U.S. population located within 600 miles. Nashville International Airport is served by major airlines, with upwards of 385 arrivals and departures daily and 48 nonstop flights connecting major cities. The city is also uniquely positioned as one of only six U.S. cities where three interstates meet: I-65, I-40 and I-24.
Nashville also tops the records on all sorts of lists, named in 2014 as one of the top places to travel by Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast, Fodor’s and The New York Times. While these accolades highlight the city’s thriving culinary culture, vibrant music scene, forward-thinking designers, chefs and innovators, the city’s residents are equally proud of their “quirkier” accomplishments like being rated as a top city for coffee enthusiasts and ice cream lovers, and having one of the best urban green spaces.
Event and Meeting Venues in Nashville
The award-winning Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is a perennial staple for event planners. The columned façade that greets guests as they enter the property sets the tone for the resort’s famous Southern hospitality. Inside are more than 3,000 rooms and 863,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including a 350,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 90,000 square feet of meeting and breakout spaces, and a 57,000-square-foot grand ballroom. It also features the 263,000-square foot Ryman Exhibit Hall, six ballrooms and 152 separate meeting rooms. Flexible setups allow for smaller groups.
Another popular meeting venue is the Music City Center, opened in 2013, with 1.2 million square feet of public space in an urban setting topped with a 4-acre green roof that mimics the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum completed an expansion, more than doubling its original size. It offers 13 event spaces including the stunning 10,000-square foot Event Hall with a view of the downtown skyline, the Carlton Terrrace, a unique green rooftop space, and the CMA Theatre, with an 800-seat capacity.
Nashville Hotel Options
Nashville offers a large choice of hotels for meeting planners, with more than 25,000 hotel rooms within the city limits. Among them are the Hilton Downtown, Sheraton Music City, Hutton Hotel, Marriott Nashville Airport and the Renaissance Nashville.
Nashville Event Venues
Nashville lives up to its reputation when it comes to music. Meeting and convention attendees can enjoy the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the General Jackson Showboat along with its many country, rock, pop, jazz and blues places including the famous Bluebird Café and The Listening Room Café, and the Bridgestone Arena.
Some of Nashville’s other unique venues for special events include the Arrington Vineyards & Winery, Cumberland Caverns (Tennessee’s largest show cave), Whiskey Bent Saloon, Musicians Hall of Fame, The Johnny Cash Museum, the Cannery Ballroom, and the Rymer Gallery.
Alternative areas offering great venues include Greater Nashville, Belmont, The Gulch, Music Valley, and North and West End Nashville.
Dining and Entertainment
Nashville comes alive at night with entertainment and dining options. Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, and Food & Wine have all noted its “haute Southern” cuisine. Restaurants include City House, Etch Restaurant, Husk, The Farm House, The Catbird Seat, and Rolf and Daughters, all of which have won accolades for innovative menus.
For shopping, nothing beats the Opry Mills shopping mecca, with more than 200 stores and an IMAX theatre. Art galleries, the Honky Tonk Highway, Music Row, three presidential homes, museums, historic homes and professional sports also provide entertainment and venue options.
At Event Transportation Systems, we make it our business to provide reliable transportation services for corporate and association meetings and events taking place in Nashville. We can provide airport transfers, convention shuttles, and executive and VIP transportation for your customers or meeting attendees, and can also support association sponsorship programs with shuttle bus advertising and sponsored video content.
When you’re planning a meeting or convention in Nashville, call ETS first.