Planning Your Time
Nashville is a popular destination for weekend getaways. Over two days you can see a few of the city’s attractions and catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Musical pilgrims and history enthusiasts should plan to spend more time in Music City. Even the most disciplined explorers will find themselves happily occupied if they choose to stay a full week.
Downtown is a good home base for many visitors. Hotels here are within walking distance of many attractions, restaurants, and nightclubs. They are also the most expensive accommodations in the city. Visitors who are primarily interested in seeing a show at the Grand Ole Opry or shopping at Opry Mills should shack up in Music Valley, where you will find a smorgasbord of affordable hotel rooms.
Visitors with a car can also look for accommodation outside of the city center. There are affordable hotels in midtown, and charming bed-and-breakfasts in Hillsboro and East Nashville. All these neighborhoods are nicely off the tourist track. The city’s lone hostel is in midtown and is a good choice for budget travelers.
When to Go
Summer is the most popular time to visit Nashville. The CMA Music Festival in June draws thousands to the city. Temperatures in August top out around 90 degrees, although it can feel much hotter.
Spring and fall enjoy mild temperatures, and are the best time to visit Nashville. You will avoid the largest crowds but still sample all that the city has to offer. In spring you will enjoy sights of tulips, dogwoods, and magnolias in bloom. Beginning in mid-October, foliage around the city starts to turn blazing red, brown, and yellow.
In winter, temperatures range from 30 to 50 degrees. During November and December, holiday concerts and decorations liven up the city. Many attractions cut back hours during winter, and some outdoor attractions are closed altogether.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition