July 14, 2015

National Conference 2015 – Destination: Nashville, TN

Cydcor National Conference Nashville
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Cydcor’s National Conference for 2015 is taking place in Nashville, TN! There will be tons of fun happening at the conference (which will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center), the city of Nashville is also an excellent destination for tourists and travelers around the world. Here are a few standout aspects of Nashville that speak to why it was considered a great choice to hold this year’s national conference.

Nicknamed “Music City,” Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and is a favorite destination for all types of country music lovers—from classic country at the Grand Ole Opry to emerging artists in downtown clubs.

Over the last few years, creative people and companies from around the country have made Nashville home. Google took notice of this innovative atmosphere and included Nashville in its Entrepreneur Tech Hub Network.

There are a number of places that make this town famous.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Discover the traditions of country music in exhibits that explore its roots in the nineteenth century to others, featuring the work of modern legends like Johnny Cash and contemporary star Trisha Yearwood. Locals say it’s best to plan an early visit before the crowds show up later in the day.

Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium was home to the Grand Ole Opry radio shows for 31 years. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994 and, after an $8.5 million renovation, it remains an outstanding performance hall.

Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry is celebrating 90 years of making great country music this year. Early performances featured country legends like Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Tammy Wynette. Contemporary performers such as Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood keep the country tradition alive today.

Robert’s Western World

Traditional country music has a home at this popular honky tonk. Artists from the television show “Hee Haw” once performed regularly at this venue. New talent performs every night and famous country stars like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw appear here.

Art and Culture in the Park

Nashville became known as the “Athens of the South” by the 1850s because of its large number of schools. The Nashville Parthenon was created for the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition in a neo-classical Greek style—a natural choice for such a cultured city. Located in Centennial Park, the building currently serves as the city’s art museum and houses a 42-foot statue of Athena, the goddess of reason.

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