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Introduction

Nashville, Tennessee, is no calm southern city. It is considered the center for country music, although some people think corporate country music. Besides a country scene there is also great blues and jazz to be found here.

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Neighbourhoods

Downtown - Predominantly a business and government district, this is a high energy area and home to several entertainment venues. Most notably, the Ryman Auditorium is the former home of the Grand Ole Opry and houses 2,362 seats and is located on 116 5th Avenue, North. You can always find a good live band at the Ryman so be sure to check the schedule. Also downtown is the Tennessee Center for Performing Arts located on 505 Deaderick Street and hosts a series of Broadway shoes and special engagements and educational programs.
District – This is home to Nashville’s nightlife with interesting shops, bars, live music and downtown district right around the corner. It’s not unusual to catch an up and coming country band playing or a bar full of folks line dancing. A night out on the District is always fun.
Germantown – Just down the road from downtown this area is filled with historic buildings. Named for the 19th century European immigrants who first settled here, its 18 square blocks surround by new development and quaint condos, cafes and office space.

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Sights and Activities

Nashville is a very historic town and as such, many of its attractions are restorations or museums.

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Weather

Nashville has a humid subtropical climate, with moderately cold winters, and hot, humid summers. Monthly averages range from 3.2 °C in January to 26.3 °C in July.

Snowfall occurs during the winter months, but it is usually not heavy. Average annual snowfall is about 16 cm, falling mostly in January and February and occasionally in March and December. The largest snow event since 2000 was on January 22, 2016, when Nashville received 20 cm of snow in a single storm; the largest was 43 cm, received on March 17, 1892.

Rainfall is typically greater in November and December, and spring, while August to October are the driest months on average. Spring and fall are generally warm but prone to severe thunderstorms, which occasionally bring tornadoes. Relative humidity in Nashville averages 83% in the mornings and 60% in the afternoons, which is considered moderate for the Southeastern United States. In recent decades, due to urban development, Nashville has developed an urban heat island (UHI); especially on cool, clear nights, temperatures are up to 10 °F (5.6 °C) warmer in the heart of the city than in rural outlying areas. The Nashville region lies within USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Nashville was -27 °C on January 21, 1985, and the highest was 43 °C on June 29, 2012.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max7.7 °C10.4 °C16.2 °C21.6 °C26 °C30.3 °C31.9 °C31.3 °C28.1 °C22.5 °C15.8 °C10.1 °C
Avg Min-3.1 °C-1.2 °C3.9 °C8.6 °C13.7 °C18.2 °C20.5 °C19.8 °C16.2 °C9.1 °C4.2 °C-0.6 °C
Rainfall90.9 mm96.8 mm123.2 mm111 mm124 mm90.7 mm100.8 mm87.9 mm87.9 mm66.5 mm104.6 mm117.1 mm
Rain Days88.5108.79.18.18.47.26.95.98.29

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Getting There

By Plane

Nashville International Airport (BNA) is located near Nashville and mainly serves as a large domestic airport, with a few international connections.
The most inexpensive way to travel to and from the Nashville International Airport and downtown Nashville is to ride the Nashville MTA's Route 18 Airport/Elm Hill bus, which serves the airport and downtown on an hourly basis, from about 7:00am to about 10:00pm, seven days a week. Schedules are located at the Welcome Center located on the baggage claim level of the airport.

By Car

Nashville is a nexus of several interstate highways, including I-65 (north-south), I-40 (east-west), and I-24 (northwest-southeast). The various highways sometimes merge and split without the typical exit-offramp design, so travellers should consult maps before attempting to navigate the area. There is easy access to/from Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Louisville, among others.

By Bus

  • Greyhound, 1030 Charlotte Ave, ☎ +1 615 255-3556. Located right Downtown, a few blocks north of Broadway.
  • Megabus. Service from Atlanta, Chattanooga, Louisville, Indianapolis, and Chicago. Buses stop on the east side of 5th Avenue North between Gay Street and Charlotte Avenue, outside the Musicians Hall of Fame.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

  • Nashville MTA, ☎ +1 615 862-5969. Operates routes throughout downtown and the surrounding area. $1.70 for an adult local fare, with no transfers allowed. An all-day pass for an adult is $5.25. Nashville's bus system is designed around a central station. The schedule accommodates a 9AM-5PM schedule with limited late night service. Route maps and schedules are subject to change but are available from the Nashville MTA website.
  • Kayne Prime - Restaurant Type: Steakhouse, Price: $$$$, Rating: One of the best steakhouses in Nashville, Address: 1103 McGavock St, Nashville, TN, Phone Number: (615) 259-0050
  • DeSano Pizza Baker - Restaurant Type: Bakery, Price: $$, Rating: One of the best pizzas in Nashville, Address: 115 16th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, Phone Number: (615) 953-1168
  • Rolf and Daughters - Restaurant Type: New American, Price: $$$, Rating: Everything here is good, from pasta to their chicken, Address: 700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN, Phone Number: (615) 866-9897

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Airport sleep inn3437 Percy Priest Dr.hotel-
Americas Best Value Inn254 Holiday Drive Clarksvillehostel-
AWA Nashville BW1407 Division Street NashvilleHotel-
Music City Hostel1809 Patterson StreetHostel-
Nashville International Hostel292 Plus Park Blvd. Nashville, TNHostel-

Mid-Range

Homewood Suites Downtown Nashville Hotel
Homewood Suites Nashville Airport Hotel
Homewood Suites Nashville Brentwood Hotel

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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