Nashville Travel Guide

Nashville Travel Guide

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For years, Nashville has been dubbed “a drinking town with a music problem,” but whiskey and country tunes are just a small part of what makes this v... Read More

For years, Nashville has been dubbed “a drinking town with a music problem,” but whiskey and country tunes are just a small part of what makes this vibrant city tick. The Cumberland River slicing right through its epicenter provides ample opportunity for water outings—not to mention stunning skyline views, best glimpsed from the pedestrian bridge—as does the nearby Percy Priest Lake. Downtown’s famed “Honky Tonky Row,” which runs down Broadway to the riverfront with additional live music venues spilling over onto Second Avenue, is where the bulk of the tourists congregate, but there’s much more to Nashville than the bright lights of Lower Broad.

Travel to Nashville and see this iconic city’s gorgeous classical and Neoclassical architecture (it’s also called “the Athens of the South” for its abundance of higher-education institutions). Its culinary scene—which extends far beyond fried food—is making waves not just on a national level, but globally, too. And Nashville boasts some of the best—if not the best—music you’ll find anywhere. So shine up your boots, loosen your pants, and get ready to eat, drink, and listen your way through this rapidly growing cultural metropolis in the heart of the South with our Nashville travel guide. 

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Best Time To Go

Like much of the South, Nashville experiences a humid subtropical climate, but its altitude makes the city slightly cooler than other parts of the region. During the summer, temperatures hover in the mid-to-high 80s while winters are decidedly mild and feature temperatures in the mid 40s to low 50s. With all that in mind, the best time of year to visit Nashville is during the spring (though not if you have severe seasonal allergies) or fall, when the weather is comfortable and humidity is less bothersome.

Transportation

The easiest way to get around Nashville is by car, though with the growing population, the interstates are becoming clogged with traffic at all hours of the day. Many Nashvillians have taken to ride-shares like Lyft and Uber instead of their own cars, and biking has become an increasingly popular way for out-of-towners to get around, with 31 B-cycle stations planted throughout the city ($5 for a 24-hour rental). Many of the downtown and West End hotels offer complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius, and there’s also Joy Ride, a network of golf-cart shuttles providing point-to-point transportation.

Weather

July is on average the hottest month, with an average high of 89°F (32°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 47°F (8°C). The weather generally stays hot through September, cools off in October, then gets brisk come November. Winters vary—usually ranging from the low 30s to mid 40s—and are often punctuated with periodic ice storms in January and February. Nashville gets very little snowfall, so the city shuts down at the first sign of a dusting.

Know Before You Go

As the state capital, Nashville sits right in the middle of Tennessee, a state with Memphis on its western edge and the Great Smoky Mountains straddling the eastern border. The most visited national park in the country, Great Smoky Mountains draws more than 10 million visitors a year thanks to its central locale, abundant wildlife, and network of biking and hiking trails. Even if the park isn’t on your itinerary, you can still break out hiking shoes for a day trip to some of the area’s gushing waterfalls, like Burgess, Cummins, and Foster.

Language

English

Electric

Type A two-prong plug or Type B three-prong plug

Currency

United States Dollar ($)