The CoachRail team is geared up and ready to roll out to Nashville, Tennessee for this year’s United Motorcoach Association Expo, and we have a long list of things to do and sights to see. While we’ll be manning Booth #609 from Monday through Wednesday, we hope to see you out and about town. Here’s a few places we’ll be while spending the week in Music City.

Nashville skyline at dusk

Downtown Nashville

There’s never a dull moment in the energetic hub of Music City. For some live tunes, check out Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, or Tin Roof—just some of the scores of live music spots on Broadway Street where you can dip, swing, jam, and jive. And what’s a visit to Nashville without a turn through the Musicians Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame or The Johnny Cash Museum? Head to any of these museums for an entertaining and educational journey into the world of classic American music.

Banjo player in a country music band.

East Nashville

Hip and quirky East Nash is the neighborhood for one-of-a-kind eats and bustling nightlife. We recommend a quick lunch at I Dream Of Weenie—the walk-up VW bus gourmet hot dog stand—but we won’t be leaving without eating a hot chicken sandwich. Try this Nashville-born speciality dish at Edley’s Bar-B-Que, or head to Graze Nashville for a plant-based version of the classic meal. When the sun goes down, we’ll be exploring the hot spots in Five Points. Our favorites include The 5 Spot for live music, 3 Crow Bar for happy hour specials, and The Soda Parlor for ice-cream-topped waffles and arcade games.

Hillsboro Village

Sandwiched between Vanderbilt University and Belmont University, this youthful, walkable neighborhood is filled with cozy cafes and local designer shopping. We suggest Fido for gourmet espresso drinks and the Pancake Pantry for flapjacks. Then, go browse the stock at Hey Rooster General Store or Davis Cookware and Coffee for unique keepsakes to bring home to the family. But the real gem of this neighborhood is The Belcourt Theatre, a nonprofit cinema showing a mix of classic, independent, and new release movies. Settle down here after a full day of browsing trade booths for a relaxing reprieve from work.

Nashville-style fried hot chicken dinner plate

Plan Your Trip to Nashville Today!

Add any of our recommended live music venues, restaurants, museums, and shopping destinations to your Nashville to-do list, and we can guarantee a great time while you’re in town for the UMA Expo this year. Be sure to come see us at Booth #609 on the show floor and tell us about your local adventures! We’d love to hear about your favorite sites. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to win daily giveaways and hear some insider strategies for keeping your buses booked and busy. See you in Nashville soon!