The undisputed home of country music, Nashville boasts a great food scene, a choice of vibrant neighborhoods and, unsurprisingly, a packed calendar of gigs and concerts. A fantastic destination for a weekend city break, it really does have something for everyone.
Peak season in Nashville runs right from April through to October. Warm weather and a great choice of events keep visitors happy throughout the spring, summer and fall making this the perfect time to explore the city. However, as this is the most popular period to visit, cheap flights to Nashville can be a little harder to find. Luckily if you know where to look, bagging a great deal should be possible whatever the weather.
During the winter temperatures in Nashville can drop to the low 40s during the day. Although visitor numbers pick up around Christmas, in general this is the low season and hotels in the city and flights to Nashville should be a little more affordable.
Lots of airports across the US offer direct daily flights to Nashville. When you use Orbitz to search for flights, there are a number of tricks you can use to boost your chances of finding a great deal on your holiday.
The more flexible you can be when booking your Nashville flights, the easier it will be to find a cheap airfare. There are often some days of the week when flights are cheaper, so if your travel plans aren’t fixed, click the ‘My Dates Are Flexible’ box when making your search and you’ll be shown prices for departures on the days either side of your selected dates.
Another good way to find cheap tickets to Nashville is to use the ‘Nearby Airports’ option. Located below your chosen departure and arrival airports on the results page, it allows you to search for services from alternative airports in your local area.
Once you’ve got a selection of flights that suit your budget and your dates, you can sort them by departure time, airline and travel time using the filters on the left of the page.
The main air hub serving the city is Nashville International Airport. Located around nine miles east of central Nashville, it’s served by a large number of airlines and operates over 400 flights a day.
There’s a choice of ways to continue your journey once you step off your flight to Nashville. Buses and shuttles connect the terminal with destinations around the city while a number of hotels offer their own transfer services to guests arriving at the airport. Taxis and rental cars are also available at the terminal.
A number of airlines offer regular direct and indirect flights from Nashville to destinations around the US.
Nashville’s streets are roughly laid out in a grid pattern so navigating your way around should be pretty easy. Most sights and attractions are easy to access by foot but if your feet begin to ache there are regular trolley bus services connecting many of Nashville’s neighborhoods you can jump on.
If you’ve travelled to the city to explore its musical heritage, the Music City Circuit is the perfect way to get around town. Operating on two routes around Nashville, this free bus service will take you to many of the city’s most important country music sights.
The most famous attraction in Nashville is the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music concert that’s been on virtually every week since 1925. The longest running radio broadcast in US history, it’s recorded in the Ryman Auditorium and is a must-see for anyone travelling to the city. As the Grand Old Opry is one of the city’s most popular things to do you’ll need to ensure you book your ticket early to avoid disappointment.
One of the city’s more unusual sights is the Nashville Parthenon. This full size replica of the Greek original stands in Centennial Park and was built in 1897 to commemorate the state’s centenary. Inside is a permanent art collection featuring works by a number of American artists as well as modern copies of the famous Parthenon marbles.
The countryside around Nashville is well worth exploring. Put a day aside to go walking or hiking during your stay in the city.
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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