Nashville Group Tours
The Volunteer State’s capitol, Nashville is located in middle Tennessee on the Cumberland River. Sitting in the Central Basin, the flat, lush greenery has provided fertile land for centuries, dating back to its Civil War plantations. Nashville stretches more than 500 square miles and is rich in Southern history and music legends. After all, it is often known as “Music City USA.”
No matter what time of year you choose to visit Nashville, there is always something to do and see. Whether it be a fall football game, a winter wonderland at Opryland, or a summer stroll down Music Row, each season offers a unique experience.
Despite the temperatures rising up into the 80s and 90s, summer is still the most popular time to visit. The hot, humid temperatures can cause occasional thunderstorms, but they tend to be scattered and temporary.
Spring and fall are the milder seasons, with temperatures usually in the 70s during the day and down into the 60s at night. The most severe storms occur during the spring, but on dry days, the pleasant temperatures provide the perfect days for strolling outside.
Nashville winters are cool, but short. Light snowfall may occur, but it is brief, as temperatures are usually in the 30s and 40s, not quite cold enough to maintain any amount of snow. If you don’t mind cooler temperatures, many attractions decorate and celebrate the holiday season in true Southern style.
Although Nashville is associated with country music, this city offers everything from outdoor activities to some of the most famous museums in the nation. Below are just a few of the sites to see during your trip.
- Music –Walk down the streets of Music Row and see hundreds of the country’s most renowned recording studios, record labels, and publishing houses. Take tours of the legendary Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, or listen to rising music stars at any of the endless music venues.
- Outdoors – Relax in Centennial Park and stand in awe of its replica of the Parthenon, standing over 40 feet high among walking trails, open green space, and gardens, or explore the 55 acres of beauty in Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.
- Historical Sites – Take a walk in time through any of Nashville’s historic plantations, reminisce about “The Man in Black” in the Johnny Cash Museum, or discover the home of former president Andrew Jackson.
Since Nashville spreads across so much land, the city is divided into neighborhoods, each with its own vibe for a customizable stay.
- Downtown/Broadway – Right under the lights of the Tennessee Titans stadium and numerous music venues, staying in the downtown area lacks nothing in entertainment. Plus, everything is within walking distance.
- The Gulch – Less touristy than the downtown area, this neighborhood has a local flair, surrounded by quaint restaurants and boutiques.
- Midtown – A trendier neighborhood for young couples and college students, Midtown is also less concentrated with tourists and contains a mix of upscale and local dives.
- West End – A popular central location for tourists and locals alike, West End includes the popular Centennial Park, along with numerous shopping options.
- 12 South – A neighborhood full of local shopping and eateries, along with some of Nashville’s best bed and breakfasts, 12 South offers a unique experience for those wanting to mingle amongst the natives.
Luckily, since Nashville is a large city, you will likely be able to purchase anything you may accidentally leave behind.
Most importantly, pack plenty of layers to accommodate hot temperatures during the day and cool evenings. Be prepared with a jacket or umbrella, as well, for those afternoon showers. Since downtown Nashville is walking friendly, also pack your most comfortable walking shoes so you are able to enjoy your strolls throughout the city to the fullest.
Nashville is full of sites to see, so packing a camera is ideal to capture all of your memories.
There are plenty of healthcare resources throughout Nashville should you run into any problems. Fortunately, it is a clean city where it is safe to eat the local food and drink the tap water, so issues should be minimal.
Since it does have a large population and a large amount of visitors per year, be aware of your surroundings and make sure your valuable belongings are in a safe place, whether that be locked up in the hotel or in a secure bag as you travel around the city.
Nashville is not shy of its Southern charm, which will be evident in interacting with the locals. Be prepared for a friendly handshake and conversation while you’re out and about.
Don’t be alarmed if you see celebrities, as many musicians, actors, and actresses call Nashville home. Part of the reason so many famous people choose Nashville is that they are able to comfortably live without being bombarded by tourists and paparazzi. So, if you should sight music and TV icons, let them be, rather than causing a scene.
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