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Nashville, also known as ‘Music City’, is best known for its lively music scene. Country music is king here, and fans will find the world’s most famous country music venues in the city. If you visit during the spring, March – May, moderate temperatures ranging between 40 – 65 degrees Fahrenheit are comfortable enough for dancing in the streets. Summer is high season, and the warm temperatures bring flocks of tourists, along with higher prices for flights and accommodation, so be sure to book well in advance. September – November may be a good time to plan your visit to Nashville, with temperatures around 45 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Frequent rain and wind keeps the crowds at home, but there’s still plenty to keep you entertained. Winter months from December – February are even quieter, and you may have to deal with snowy conditions, but you can find deals on hotels and flights, except during the holiday season in late December.
Several airlines offer direct flights to Nashville. You can choose from Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Contour Airlines, Delta, jetBlue, Boutique Air, American Airlines, Virgin America, United, and Frontier Airlines.
The airport is about 9 miles east of Downtown Nashville, and you have several options for travel from the airport into the city.
MTA Express Bus 18 will take you from the airport to the city center in around 20 – 25 minutes. A one-way fare is $1.70 USD. On weekdays, this bus drops off passengers at Music City Central station on 5th Avenue just north of Charlotte Avenue.
Shuttles and Taxis
Several shuttle services and cab companies offer rides to the city center from BNA. Shuttles must be pre-booked, and will pick you up on level 1 outside of the main terminal. You may also hail a cab here, and travel to Downtown Nashville in about 14 minutes for a cost of $22.00 USD – $27.00 USD.
All the major rental car companies are located in the rental car facility, which is just a short distance from the terminal. You can get there on covered, moving walkways.
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Nashville’s sights and attractions are quite spread out, so driving is a great way to get around. There is plenty of downtown parking and traffic is reasonably light, other than during rush hour. Be aware that tour buses may stop in the middle of the street in front of popular attractions, to allow passengers a good long look.
If you’d rather not drive, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) buses offer an extensive network connecting all parts of the city, an adult fare is $1.70 USD. You can also take advantage of MTA’s free downtown service, the Music City Circuit, with three easy-to-access routes through Downtown Nashville, arriving every 10 to 15 minutes, Monday through Saturday. Taxis are available, but it is better to book one in advance with companies like Music City Taxi, Checker Cab, United Cab, or Yellow Cab. Uber and Lyft also operate in Nashville.
The heart of Nashville is quite walkable, as well as the quaint Germantown neighborhood to the north, for those who prefer to get around on foot.
There is no shortage of things to see and do in Nashville, especially for music lovers. Even for those not musically inclined, this historically rich city has much to offer. Here are a few ideas to help fill your Nashville itinerary.
Nashville prides itself on being a value destination, with plenty of free or low cost entertainment options. There’s always free music, whether on the streets, in the atrium of the Country Music Hall of Fame, or at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which is held every Saturday night at a theater near the Grand Ole Opry House.
This city is FRIENDLY! In 2016, Nashville was voted the friendliest city in America by Travel and Leisure. The locals are extremely easy to talk to, and happy to strike up a conversation with you wherever you meet.
Check out the downtown honky tonks. Along a three-block stretch in central Nashville near the Cumberland River, you’ll find a dozen or so bars where the music is loud and the beer is cold, perfect for a memorable evening. Wear your most broken-in cowboy boots so you can dance all night.