Nashville flights take you to the state capital of Tennessee, into a city whose vibrancy has earned itself the nickname "Music City." Nashville truly is a place with a rhythmic heart.
Flights to Nashville
Located just eight miles outside the city centre, Nashville International Airport greets flights to the Music City. A gateway for US travel, Nashville International is a great place to visit for discount air ticket opportunities. Its main commercial terminal has three levels and is always a hive of activity. Shops, bars and food outlets are plentiful, with the popular Gibson Cafe living up to the Music City name, boasting walls lined with music-themed memorabilia and the famous Gibson brand guitars. Bus route 18 serves the airport and provides cheap express service straight into the downtown area. In addition to the regular shuttle buses and taxis, more than 20 limo operators welcome Nashville flights.
Flights to Nashville will usually land in heat and humidity in the summer months and much cooler weather patterns in the winter. The late spring is most prone to rainfall and every now and then there are thunderstorms, which can be quite spectacular. Due to the density of Nashville, the central districts can be as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than in outlying areas. Early fall is the driest period of the year, making it a very good time to visit as the temperatures are moderate and comfortable.
Getting Around Nashville
Negotiating Nashville is relatively straight forward as the city's streets are laid out in a grid alongside the Cumberland River and numbered in a parallel formation. A trolleybus service can take you to most districts during the day, with regular buses operating in the evenings on an hourly basis. The Music City Circuit is an excellent facility running buses every 15 minutes on two free routes around the downtown region. However, people realize very quickly after arriving on their Nashville flights that the beauty of the city resides in the fact that nearly all the major sights are accessible on foot, thus making walking the cheapest and most popular mode of transport.
In addition to its music history, tourists who book flights to Nashville are also drawn to the city by its full-sized replica of the Parthenon of Athens, which sits in the middle of Centennial Park and is quite stunning in its appearance. Within the Athens structure is a magnificent 42-feet-tall statue of Athena, which will impress any visitor from the United States or abroad. Other attractions to visit when you arrive on your Nashville flights include:
- Attending the Grand Ole Opry, which offers an entertainment education for all ages
- Touring the Ryman Auditorium for an eye-opening musical experience
- Sampling some fabulous beers on a beer tour of the Yazoo Brewing Company
- Visiting the Tennessee State Museum crammed with interesting collections
- Wandering or cycling around the trails of the twin Warner Parks
Nashville When to Go
If you can handle the heat and humidity, you won't be disappointed with Nashville between June and August, the "high season" period that ushers in the most visitors thanks to summer holidays and the star-studded CMA Fest each June, which features the likes of Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, and more.
Shoulder seasons run from September through December and April through May. Fall is milder temperature-wise, with a rainbow of leaves starting to peek through, the NFL's Titans taking the field, and music offerings galore. The three-day outdoor National Folk Festival inhabits Bicentennial Capitol Mall in September, and Live on the Green—a free Thursday night concert series—runs for six weeks each September and October in Public Square Plaza. Plus, there's SoundLand, which highlights more than 100 national and regional performance groups over a four-night period spread across 11 venues; the week-long World of Bluegrass festival; and the Americana Music Festival and Conference. Visitors might catch a glimpse of their favorite musicians come early November during the annual CMA Awards.
"Awesome April" is another fine time to enjoy cooler weather and fewer people—as well as take in Pan South Songwriters Festival, Nashville Film Festival, and the Country Music Marathon, which winds its way through the city and features a bevy of local musical talent.
Winter months can be gray, but November and December are filled with holiday happenings for the festive traveler. During this time, Gaylord Opryland—with its more than two million twinkling lights, Living Nativity, towering evergreens, and gingerbread houses that build the foundation for the month-long A Country Christmas celebration—is worth a visit alone; plus, the Rockettes take the stage at the iconic Grand Ole Opry for Radio City Music Spectacular, one kicking yuletide event.
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