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.
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.
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.
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