Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

City Travel Guide to Nashville Tennessee

With amazing rich live music of every genre being performed any night of the week, and more than 180 recording studios with some 5,000 working musicians, Nashville is known all over the world as Music City. This guide will provide you with valuable information for your next Nashville visit.

Nashville
History
Nashville was founded by James Robertson and a party of Wataugans in 1779, and was originally called Fort Nashborough, after the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash.
684,410 People
Nashville is the largest metropolitan statistical area in Tennessee. Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the province seat of Davidson County, and known for its music industries, earning it the nickname Music City.
Nearest Airport
Nashville Int. Airport (BNA)
Nashville is served primarily by Nashville International Airport, located minutes from various sites in Tennessee. Smyrna Airport (MQY), to the south-east, also serves the area.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~21°C (70°F)
    April - May
  • Summer: ~30°C (86°F)
    June - August
  • Autumn: ~10°C (50°F)
    September - October
  • Winter: ~-1°C (30°F)
    November - March
Links to Festivals and Events
  • CMA Music Fest
  • Every June, downtown Nashville is invaded by some of country music's biggest names as well as up-and-comers. There are big shows at LP Field and a mainstage on the riverfront, but free street performances pop up around town, too.
  • Nashville Pride Festival
  • It's a celebration of the LGBT community with live music, DJs, food and so much more. St. Lucia and Mya are scheduled to appear in 2015.
  • New Year's Eve in Nashville
  • Ring in the New Year at Nashville's biggest party that features big music headliners and, of course, fireworks. Warning: It is PACKED
  • AmericanaFest
  • Several venues participate in this four-day festival that features some of the best Americana, bluegrass and country musicians. The 2015 lineup includes Los Lobos, Lee Ann Womack and Patty Griffin.
  • Tomato Art Fest
  • The tomato is the star of this quirky Mardi Gras of marinara that takes over East Nashville every summer. It also features a collection of local arts and crafts and lots of food.
  • Music City Hot Chicken Festival
  • Feel the burn at East Nashville's free annual July 4 celebration of our local delicacy — fiery pepper-permeated fowl — with a parade, beer garden, live music, cooking contests and more.
  • Tennessee Renaissance Festival
  • Party like it's 16th century England! Eat a turkey leg while taking in an afternoon of jousting at a real castle located about 35 minutes from downtown Nashville in rural Arrington. There are also over 100 craft booths.
Farther Afield
Hidden Gems
  • Hail, Dark Aesthetic
  • Brick and mortar oddities, antiques, and general dark aesthetics lifestyle boutique specializing in Taxidermy.
  • Abandoned State Prison
  • This prison was a fully functional facility for over 100 years, but as of recently, it’s been the site for many movies and TV shows such as The Green
  • Radnor Park
  • With 6 miles of pristine trails preserved for hiking, photography and wildlife observation only, this 1,332-acre oasis offers the perfect urban escape
  • Shelby Park
  • Shelby Park is a large, urban multi-use park along the Cumberland River featuring river views; migratory bird and other wildlife viewing opportunities

Nashville is the largest metropolitan statistical area in Tennessee. Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the province seat of Davidson County, and known for its music industries, earning it the nickname Music City. The population of Nashville is approximately 684,410 people.

Nashville was founded by James Robertson and a party of Wataugans in 1779, and was originally called Fort Nashborough, after the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash.

The nearest airport serving Nashville is Nashville Int. Airport (BNA). Nashville is served primarily by Nashville International Airport, located minutes from various sites in Tennessee. Smyrna Airport (MQY), to the south-east, also serves the area.

Nashville experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: April - May. Average temperature is ~21°C (70°F).
  • Summer: June - August. Average temperature is ~30°C (86°F).
  • Autumn: September - October. Average temperature is ~10°C (50°F).
  • Winter: November - March. Average temperature is ~-1°C (30°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Nashville.

Nearby attractions offer visitors a great day trip from Nashville.

These hidden gems are local favorites you don't want to miss.

  • Hail, Dark Aesthetic – Brick and mortar oddities, antiques, and general dark aesthetics lifestyle boutique specializing in Taxidermy.
  • Abandoned State Prison – This prison was a fully functional facility for over 100 years, but as of recently, it’s been the site for many movies and TV shows such as The Green
  • Radnor Park – With 6 miles of pristine trails preserved for hiking, photography and wildlife observation only, this 1,332-acre oasis offers the perfect urban escape
  • Shelby Park – Shelby Park is a large, urban multi-use park along the Cumberland River featuring river views; migratory bird and other wildlife viewing opportunities

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Try one (or all) of these great Nashville restaurants for a tasty dining experience.

  • Flyte World Dining & Wine – The dining experience at Flyte is exquisite, thoughtful, and elegant. Wine bar lists and knowledge unparalleled. Call for reservations.
  • Rolf and Daughters – Industrial-chic restaurant with clever New American dishes, communal tables & inventive cocktails.
  • Old Hickory Steakhouse – Fine dining in an antebellum mansion with a refined menu of seafood, beef & other meats.
  • Bob's Steak & Chop House – Texas-born local chain serving big slabs of beef, seafood & a large wine list in a woodsy ambiance.
  • Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse – Stylish, upscale steakhouse offering handcrafted steaks & seafood fare, plus cocktails, wine & beer.
  • Etch Restaurant – Open-kitchen setting for eclectic, upscale dining, plus a rich cocktail & wine list.

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Nashville has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Union Station Hotel – Occupying a landmark neo-Romanesque train station, this upmarket hotel features a majestic lobby with a 65-ft high stained glass ceiling.
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort – A 14-minute walk from the Grand Ole Opry, this upscale resort set under a sprawling atrium is 8 miles from Nashville International Airport.
  • Hilton Nashville Downtown – This all-suite downtown hotel is a 3-minute walk from Bridgestone Arena and a 4-minute walk from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Nashville, From three professional sports teams, to a massive park system, to world-renowned destinations such as the Parthenon and the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville has something to keep everyone entertained. Don't be surprised if you run into a celebrity.


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