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1. Posted by jess266 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

So I have made the jump and booked my career break for 3 months next year. Always have travelled but never for an extensive amount of time and I am doing so by myself.

My first question is, Tennessee... is it possible to spend 3 months here? I hope to travel around too but this is where I wish to base myself?

Nashville and surrounding areas at the moment is the main plan, booking my flights next month.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1191 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

>Tennessee... is it possible to spend 3 months here?

You don't give your citizenship but the usual length of stay granted to visitors on entry to the US using an ESTA is 90 days (it can be less, at the officer's discretion). Those who have a B1/B2 visa are usually allowed up to 6 months (ditto).

As long as the border officer who deals with you on entry is convinced that you have valid reasons for visiting the US, can support yourself financially during your visit, don't intend to work and don't intend to overstay I see nno reason why you should not be granted the normal 90 days with an ESTA. Note that 90 days is not 3 months: you must leave the US on or before the date which will be stamped in your passport, otherwise you will be overstaying, something which will be picked up when you leave and which may cause difficulties at the time and/or for future visits.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2020, 20:32 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2427 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

" I hope to travel around too but this is where I wish to base myself? "

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Fill out your profile so everyone has an idea where you are starting from.

What places do you intend to visit besides Nashville?

If Nashville is convenient or not depends on what other places you want to visit.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2020, 20:44 GMT by karazyal ]

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1492 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

It is perfectly possible to find stuff to do around Nashville if you don't mind making trips around the area. Nashville has (in addition to the Country Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry which I assume you are interested in) a distillery, a reproduction of the Parthenon which is an art museum inside, Ryman Auditorium, a museum of European cars, and not far away is President Andrew Jackson's home The Hermitage.

It is in the center of other very interesting cities - Memphis is 212 miles to the west (Elvis and B.B. King), A little farther northwest is St. Louis

Louisville, KY is 175 miles to the north (the Kentucky Derby museum and several other museums, and distilleries). Frankfort (the Kentucky Capitol) is a short distance from Louisville and Lexington (with the Kentucky Horse Park) is just beyond Frankfort.

About 200 miles east of Nashville is Knoxville and Dollywood and a little farther is Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

South you have your choice between Atlanta George and Birmingham or Montgomery Alabama. South of that is the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Florida with white sand beaches. Or even New Orleans

5. Posted by jess266 (Budding Member 4 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

>Tennessee... is it possible to spend 3 months here?

You don't give your citizenship but the usual length of stay granted to visitors on entry to the US using an ESTA is 90 days (it can be less, at the officer's discretion). Those who have a B1/B2 visa are usually allowed up to 6 months (ditto).

As long as the border officer who deals with you on entry is convinced that you have valid reasons for visiting the US, can support yourself financially during your visit, don't intend to work and don't intend to overstay I see nno reason why you should not be granted the normal 90 days with an ESTA. Note that 90 days is not 3 months: you must leave the US on or before the date which will be stamped in your passport, otherwise you will be overstaying, something which will be picked up when you leave and which may cause difficulties at the time and/or for future visits.

My mistake lol - I will be there January 2nd to March 31st. Already have my ESTA :)

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2427 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

If you intend to see more of the US than places a few hours drive from Nashville maybe consider more than one "home base" vs only choosing Nashville. If you were planning on booking all 3 months in a single place there may be nights that the rooms will be vacant because something of interest could far away. (But if you get a really good deal on a place for a longer stay a room staying empty for a few days might still be okay.)

I could do a couple weeks in Nashville but not 3 months.

https://midtntravel.com/road-trips-from-nashville/

https://www.thosecrazynelsons.com/travelguides/best-weekend-trips-from-nashville

Good luck.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1492 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

People live in Nashville so they obviously spend more than a couple of weeks. But I confess I did not care for Nashville - the traffic was bad and I'm not a country music fan. That time of year would be the off season (except perhaps for Mardi Gras in New Orleans), but if you didn't need to swim, there's a bunch of stuff to keep someone busy in that section of the country. I spent 2 January to March 12th touring around that area of the country. This was a part of a longer trip that started in October of the previous year. I did spend a week of the trip in the Dominican Republic, but I only spend one day in Nashville, and that part of the trip I didn't explore South Carolina at all.

I started off on the Gulf Coast of Alabama Winter 2006 from Mobile to Maryland

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1492 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

People live in Nashville so they obviously spend more than a couple of weeks. But I confess I did not care for Nashville - the traffic was bad and I'm not a country music fan. That time of year would be the off season (except perhaps for Mardi Gras in New Orleans), but if you didn't need to swim, there's a bunch of stuff to keep someone busy in that section of the country. I spent 2 January to March 12th touring around that area of the country. This was a part of a longer trip that started in October of the previous year. I did spend a week of the trip in the Dominican Republic, but I only spend one day in Nashville, and that part of the trip I didn't explore South Carolina at all.

I started off on the Gulf Coast of Alabama Winter 2006 from Mobile to Maryland

Actually I didn't get to Nashville on that trip because we had car trouble. It was the following year that we went to Nashville.

9. Posted by camille74 (Budding Member 6 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I think it is possible to travel around Tennessee, you would need a car or hava to rely on other forms of transportation. If you are taking a true career break to travel, I would consider trying to see even more of the United States. I feel that over the years Nashville and other parts of Tennesse have just been growing into large tourist traps. I would instead recommend traveling the west coast but perhaps you have already done that...

10. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 79 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Tennessee has some very pretty parts but almost 3 months is a long time for one city.
It will also be a long drive for any trips longer than a day.