Nashville

Nashville Travel Guide

Nicknamed “The Music City,” Nashville has become world-renowned for its country music scene, but this Southern city is much more than the sum of its parts. Known as Tennessee’s second largest town after Memphis, Nashville is divided into two halves by the outsized Cumberland River and sits just west of the Appalachian Mountains. Geography aside, Nashville travel is a great way to see how one city has stayed relevant decade after decade even as national culture has changed rapidly. Much of that has been driven by efforts in recent years to make exciting new projects come to life, like two new riverside parks and the rapid development of the East Nashville area. Travel to Nashville and see this iconic city’s gorgeous classical and neoclassical architecture (earning it the nickname the “Athens of the South”), great food scene, rich music culture, and wonderful local sights. Let Travel + Leisure’s Nashville travel guide lead the way.

Things Not to Miss in Nashville

• Tour The Hermitage, the historic home of President Andrew Jackson
 • Take in The Parthenon, Nashville’s full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon
 • Explore the Tennessee State Museum, covering Tennessee history from pre-colonial days to the Jackson era
 • Catch a performance by the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running radio show, at the Ryman Auditorium (November-January) or the Grand Ole Opry House
 • Visit the up-and-coming East Nashville area, home to hip restaurants and bars
 • Tour Music Row and take in the Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Studio B, the studio where Elvis Presley recorded more than 200 songs
 • See the Belle Meade Plantation house
 • Learn everything about “The Man In Black” at the Johnny Cash Museum
 • Admire the flora, fauna and artwork at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art

When to Go to Nashville

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.

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