Nashville is fast becoming one of the South's top destination cities. While it is known for country music, Nashville also has great food, sporting events, and outdoor activity options. Tennessee has a number of outstanding rentals to choose from. Nestled in the heart of the state, Nashville is an outstanding place to visit, whether you are looking for a tranquil vacation or a bachelorette weekend. Nashville has a number of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own unique character where you can find beautiful houses to rent for your time in the city. If you are making a road trip out of your stay in Nashville, you can also find great rental options throughout the United States.
Nashville is known for live music and has some outspend venues, no matter what your taste. Here are a few of the top destinations.Ryman Auditorium
The Ryman Auditorium is an institution in Nashville. The original home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman is often referred to as church by local musicians because of both its acclaim and its church pew-style seating. Located just off of lower Broadway, the Ryman Auditorium seats more than 2,000 people and sees a wide array of shows, ranging from classic country to indie rock. This officially designated historical landmark is a must-see when in music city.The Bluebird Cafe
The Bluebird Cafe is located Southwest of downtown Nashville in the Greenhills neighborhood. This small venue may not look like much on the outside, but the Bluebird is one of the most influential music venues in the city. Opened in 1982, as a home for acoustic performances, the Bluebird hails the songwriter. The venue encourages patrons to keep quiet during sets so that everyone can carefully hear the lyrics and take in the atmosphere. The Bluebird only seats 90 people for each show, so be sure to make a booking early.Exit/In
If you are looking for an alternative live music venue, head to the Exit/In. Located on Elliston Place near Vanderbilt University, Exit/In has a long history in Music City. The venue has been around since 1971 and has seen big names such as R.E.M., The Black Crowes, and The Police play on its stage. The venue gets its fair share of big names and up-and-coming acts pass through its halls. Most shows tend to be more rock than country and the venue is known for its grungy atmosphere.
Hot chicken is a Nashville specialty, the origins of which are attributed to the Prince family, who opened Prince's Hot Chicken in the 1980's. This North Nashville establishment will be sure to hit the spot.The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden
If you love burgers and beer, the Pharmacy will be a fast favorite. This East Nashville restaurant is well-loved by locals looking for great food and a fun place to hang out over a few beers or old fashioned milkshakes.Etch Restaurant
If you are looking for an outstanding fine dining experience, be sure to visit Etch Restaurant for bold, American dining. Located in Downtown Nashville, Etch offers food from well-known local chef Deb Paquette.
Centennial Park is located just West of Downtown Nashville near Vanderbilt University. This urban park boasts a life-sized replica of Athens' Parthenon, which visitors can tour, a lake, and ample walking paths. During the summer months, the park has a number of activities, such as outdoor movies and Shakespeare in the Park productions.Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens offers visitors a serene outdoor museum with beautiful cultures and wildlife. At Christmas time you can witness a terrific light display as well.Radnor Lake
Radnor Lake, South of the city, is a 1,200-acre wooded park with multiple hiking trails. This popular park hosts a number of runs and wildlife hikes, led by park officials.
Nashville is known for having somewhat unpredictable weather. The summers tend to be Winters are mild, with high temperatures averaging in the upper 40's and lower 50's. Summers, on the other hand, get quite hot and humid with average high temperatures in the mid-80s. The best time to visit the city in Fall, from September through early December when the weather is not too cold and not too hot. The changing autumn colors also leave the city looking beautiful.
Because of its central location, Nashville is an easy city to access via a number of different transportation routes and modes. Nashville lies at the intersection of two major highways and can be easily accessed via private or rental car from Atlanta, St. Louis, Louisville, Memphis, Knoxville, Little Rock, and other big cities. The Nashville International Airport (BNA) also provides outstanding service to the city and is located just East of downtown. You can also consider taking a bus. Greyhound, Mega Bus, and other major bus companies make daily stops in the city.