All excursions are open to everyone. You do not need to be a registered Convention attendee to attend, but you will still need to purchase tickets using the Convention form. All excursions were chosen with regard to member interest, 3D photography opportunities, and uniqueness to the Murfreesboro/Nashville area. Itineraries may be subject to some modifications due to weather. Excursions require a minimum enrollment and are subject to cancellation.
Excursion # 1 - Wednesday, July 9
Taste of Honky Tonk Tour
5:45 PM. Enjoy the many Downtown Nashville restaurants with live music (dinner on your own) 4 hours (55 passenger deluxe bus); $26 per person.
A small sample of the options - Rippy's Smokin Bar and Grill, Maggie McGees and Wolfy's Restaurant, a few honky-tonk clubs, upscale Merchants Restaurant, famous Ernest Tubb Records and Lawrence Records, Harley Holt Furniture Co., several more Honky-Tonks with all offering plenty of atmosphere, Kelly's Western World and Trail West, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Old Acme Feed Store, The Hard Rock Cafe in the old Philips and Quarles Hardware Building, Silver Dollar Saloon Building, Cotton Eyed Joe's, Legends, 2nd Fiddle, The Stage, Robert's Western and the Queen of Honky-Tonks "Tootsies Orchid Lounge".
Excursion # 2 - Sunday, July 13
Brews and BBQ
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Enjoy an evening at Mayday Brewery with a brewery tour, beer (cash bar), live music by the Nashville Old Time String Band Association and a BBQ buffet. $42 per person.
*no transportation will be provided, use the hotel shuttle or drive your car or catch a ride with your 3D mates
The Mayday Brewing has been reserved for us for the evening. Spend the evening relaxing after a week of 3D. Enjoy live traditional fiddling and pickin'. Take a tour of the brewery. A pint is $5 and a sampler is $8. The full buffet includes Smoked Ribs, Smoked Chicken Wings, Pulled Pork, 3 Bean Salad, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, BBQ Beans, Jalapeno Mac & Cheese and Banana Pudding
PARALLEL View. Change to Cross View
Mayday Brewery kettles
Excursion # 3 - Monday, July 14
Discover Music City Tour
Meet Hotel Lobby at 8:15 AM - (55 passenger deluxe bus) $88 per person
- Meet Hotel Lobby at 8:15 AM
- Depart Hotel at 8:30 AM
- Arrive 9:15 AM Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
The Hermitage mansion has been meticulously restored to its 1837 appearance and today looks much as it did when Andrew Jackson returned to it after finishing his second term as President. After the home was damaged by fire in 1834, Jackson had it remodeled in the Greek Revival style. Today, six wallpapers installed after the fire still hang on the walls and the majority of the furniture in the home was purchased by the Jackson family to replace pieces damaged in the fire. Personal objects, like Jackson's swords and books, also adorn the home along with the Jackson family's collection of portraits.
When you arrive at the Hermitage mansion, costumed historical interpreters greet you and prepare you for your tour. Inside historical interpreters stationed throughout the house tell you about Jackson, his family, and his home and answer any questions you have. On average, the Hermitage mansion tour lasts twenty minutes.
Self-guided tours of The Hermitage grounds have much to offer including the Hermitage garden, Jackson's tomb, and the Beyond the Mansion tour of sites related to slavery, farming, and nature at The Hermitage. All paths are well marked with directional and interpretive signage.
- Arrive 11:45 AM Lunch (on your own) Downtown Nashville
- Arrive 1:00 PM Tour of Country Music Hall of Fame *CMHF is a short walking distance from Downtown Nashville
The Country Music Hall of Fame&trad; and Museum has been the home of America's music since 1967. In keeping with the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership, the Museum opened in a new $37 million landmark building in May 2001.
Located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, the monumental edifice, a visceral experience for approaching visitors, invigorates the skyline in downtown Nashville's entertainment district.
Inside, the Museum presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, Museum Store, on-site dining, and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.
- 3:00 PM Meet in front of Country Music Hall of Fame for Studio B Tour
Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world's most important and successful recording studios. More than 35,000 songs were brought to life by the Studio B magic, including more than 1,000 American hits, 40 million-selling singles, and over 200 Elvis Presley recordings (by far more than any other studio). Step into the house of the hitmakers and discover the legend of this Music Row landmark.
Come enjoy a personally guided tour through this world-famous studio located on renowned Music Row.
- 5:00 PM Depart to hotel
- 5:30 PM Arrive at hotel