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About Nashville
Music is the heartbeat of Nashville. From up-and-coming bands jamming in honky tonks on Lower Broadway to legends rocking the Grand Ole Opry, it’s everywhere, providing a non-stop, rollicking soundtrack. And while music often takes center stage, the city’s also home to a dynamic food scene—no trip would be complete without a stop at Hattie B’s for some hot chicken—gorgeous green spaces like Centennial Park, and art galleries galore. So yes, come to Nashville for the music, but stay for everything else. Its creative spirit is sure to inspire you.

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A guide to Nashville’s bachelorette scene

With its nonstop entertainment and southern hospitality, Nashville has become the bachelorette capital of the world. You can’t beat the energy: Bride tribes roam the streets in pink cowboy hats and rhinestone boots, woo-hooing into the night. I had my wedding and bachelorette party here, so I know all the go-to spots to create unforgettable memories before the big day and have an epic last fling.
Passportsandgrub, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Murals & Mimosas Sightseeing Tour in Nashville
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    Get ready for three hours of pure Instagram heaven as you’re bussed around Music City, snapping pics and sipping bubbly in front of colorful murals. From angel wings to fun phrases, these Nashville backdrops beg for a boozy photoshoot. Finish your glass, freshen your lipstick, and strike a pose, ladies. This tour is all about good vibes—the perfect way to kick off your bachelorette festivities in style.
  • Nashville’s Biggest and Wildest Party Tractor Tour (Ages 21+)
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    Climb aboard a funky tractor decked out in rainbow lights for a wild ride down Lower Broadway, complete with a cash bar. Put on those sequin cowboy hats and wave at the onlookers like the beauty queens you are. The Nashville Tractor Party is perfect for bridal parties in search of silly sassiness.
  • Prince's Hot Chicken South
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    Treat your girls to a taste of the original Nashville hot chicken. Order the three-wing basket with fries, and don’t miss the additional sides like baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw, sold à la carte. But a heads up: Prince’s doesn’t play around with its spice levels.
  • Nearest Green Distillery
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    Take a 45-minute road trip from downtown Nashville to visit Uncle Nearest Distillery in Shelbyville, Tennessee, known for its award-winning whiskey and cool history (it’s inspired by the first known African-American master distiller). Check out the 100-foot-long bar and order the 1856 Premium Whiskey for a smooth taste with hints of caramel and oak. Or get crazy with the 114.2 proof Master Blend—it’s so strong it’ll put hair on your chest.
  • Rare Bird
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    Imagine sipping bubbles and doing bumps of caviar 15 stories high at Rare Bird’s penthouse patio, with mod couches galore for lounging. Is your flock more of a cocktail gang? Order the Punch of Roses, a massive communal drink that will fuel the whole crew.
  • L27 Rooftop Lounge
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    Head over to L27, the rooftop bar at the Westin Hotel, where the skyline views of downtown Nashville will blow you away. Enjoy shareables like truffled grits risotto, grilled octopus, hot chicken sliders, and a cheese board that’s to die for.
  • Greenhouse Bar
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    If rooftops aren’t your thing, there’s a gorgeous courtyard hangout at the Sanctuary Hotel’s GreenHouse Bar that’s filled with plants and serving up botanical-inspired drinks like a rose- and jasmine-infused gin and tonic with St. Elder liqueur. Trust me, y’all—no matter where you go, Nashville brings the heat for a good time.
  • The Hermitage Hotel
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    I take my bachelorette party responsibilities very seriously. Only the best hotels in Nashville will do. I’m talking posh presidential suites at The Hermitage Hotel, with gorgeous French decorative flair and fancy soaking tubs for days.
  • Dream Nashville
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    Glam it up at the Dream Hotel, where the disco-fabulous rooms have plush beds and glittering city views. Order champagne on ice and don’t forget to bring fuzzy PJs, face masks, and ring pops to help celebrate the bride-to-be. Plus, the Dream is within steps of the action, totally Instagrammable, and sure to create a weekend to remember.
  • Bobby Hotel
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    For killer views and luxury vibes, head to The Bobby Hotel. Splash out on the sprawling two-bedroom suite, with a private balcony and plenty of space for you and the girls to unwind. Then hit the rooftop bar, where there’s a 1956 Scenicruiser bus, a pool for warm days, and in winter, a pop-up bar called Camp Bobby, where you can rent a vintage-inspired decorated igloo and toast the bride with campground-inspired drinks and bites.

Nashville Is Known For...

Hitting up world-famous honky-tonks

Satisfying your barbecue cravings

Sampling the local spirits

Diving into Nashville’s music scene

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Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Nashville

MelaniePF
Nashville is a small town in a big city. It’s famous for being the home of country music, and with good reason, but there's also so much more to experience here in "Music City." Everything from delicious food to fascinating history, stellar shopping to world-class art and museums, and more.
MelaniePF
Since its foundation in 1779, Nashville has grown into a pivotal nerve center of the arts. Whether your interests lie in music or cars, sports, visual arts, or even railroads, there are dozens of museums in Nashville offering a wide range of cultural activities for all ages to enjoy.
Angela A
Nashville is not only the home of country music, but it is home to mouth-watering food as well. While southern favorites are Nashville's specialty, expect to find hip, fine dining, and delicious, world-class cuisine in the "Music City!"

In the words of those who've been there before...

Angela A
Be sure to immerse yourself in the music, whether that means dancing at one of the bars on Broadway, taking in a show at a little cafe, or stopping to listen to a busker on a street corner.
MelaniePF
Say hello to a local and experience the warmth of southern hospitality first hand.
tennessee2913
Nashville is a very casual place, but if you would like to dress up you will be fine also. Anything goes around here.

Get there

What is the best way to get there?

Flying:

Nashville International Airport is around five miles from downtown.

Car:

Nashville is connected to several interstate highways, including the I-65 (north-south), I-40 (east-west), and I-24 (northwest-southeast). Cities such as Memphis, Chattanooga, and Louisville are easily accessible by road.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Nashville from overseas, use the State Department’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

Spring and fall: You’ll beat the crowds and enjoy pleasant weather by visiting in spring or fall. Average highs are 61 Fahrenheit (16 Celsius) in September to 78 Fahrenheit (25.5 Celsius) from March through May and 82 Fahrenheit (28 Celsius) and 60 Fahrenheit (15.5 Celsius) from September through November.

Get around

Bus

Nashville MTA operates routes throughout downtown and the surrounding area. Free transfers are provided; just ask the driver for a transfer pass when you board. An all-day pass is a money-saving option if you are planning to make multiple trips.

For more information, check out Nashville MTA.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful and can be hailed on the street.

Ridesharing

Uber and Lyft are available in Nashville on your smartphone.

Bicycle

Nashville's public bike-share scheme, Nashville B-Cycle, has more than 30 stations throughout the city. After purchasing a 24-hour membership, your first hour is free. Weekly, monthly, and annual plans are also available.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Central Daylight Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.
What is the currency?
The U.S. Dollar
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Yes.
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Yes.
How much do I tip?
Bartender
$1 a drink or $2 for a more labor-intensive cocktail
Restaurant
15-20%
Bellhop
$1 to 3 per bag
Housekeeper
$2-$3 per night
Taxis/rideshare
15-20%
Shuttle driver
$1-$2 per person
Tour guide
10-20%
Are there local customs I should know?
Drinking
The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 21 years old.
You can't buy liquor on Sundays
It can only be sold from 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Smile
Southerners tend to be warm and friendly. Make eye contact, say “hello,” and expect conversations to start up.
Mind your manners
Good manners are an attribute in the South. Say please and thank you; address people as “sir” and “ma’am,” and greet staff when you enter and leave a store.
Call it "sweet tea"
In Nashville, it’s known as “sweet tea” not “ice tea.”
Public transit
Offer your seat to elderly and pregnant people and those with disabilities.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nashville





If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Nashville between December and February, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between March and May.