We will be flying into Nashville on a Thursday and departing the following Tuesday in July. As we are from Australia and have never been there before we are looking for some assistance on the best location to stay in terms of sightseeing and being in the mix of things. We don't plan to have a car so alot of walking planned or public transport. Budget for hotel is around $200 per night and would like to have b/fast included and free wi-fi. We are Hilton/Holiday Inn and Accor members if that assists. What are the must see's ? husband loves Country Music so want to make this special for him. Thank you
Hi sounds great - Nashville is still on my wishlist too but another great side to VT is the Travel pages system where VT members make pages with tips and pics of their travels which end up listed under the Travel Guides categories - links up near the top of the page but here is the link to what you could have a roam around in the Nashville pages - also when Ive travelled both times around the USA I found the Lets Go Guidebooks very good but i still love the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet for having on hand and for often being told of things to see and do that even the locals often don't know about - so check out a good guide book to take with you as well.
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Are you coming from Australia and only visiting Nashville? Any other destinations on your American trip?
Five days is quite a long time to be in Nashville without a car. You can get around without a car, but you will miss a lot of opportunities. For instance, the Cumberland Plateau, just to the east of the city, has several state parks that are well worth visiting. And the Jack Daniels Distillery, just to the southeast of Nashville, is a popular attraction. Neither are served by public transportation. You also may be interested in Memphis because of its Elvis connection and music scene, and that would be easiest to reach via private car. Mammoth Cave National Park is also a couple of hours north of Nashville.
That said, there are a couple of choices with staying in Nashville: Downtown and the West End. Downtown is where all of the "honky tonk" bars are. It's more touristy and expensive, but there is more to do there. The West End has bars, some of which feature live music, but less commonly than those Downtown. The hotels are cheaper and the restaurants are better. The problem is that it's not particularly easy to get between the two areas. You can take a bus, but that's time-consuming and the buses stop fairly early at night so, if you stayed in the West End and wanted to go out Downtown, you would likely have to take a taxi back to your hotel at the end of the night.
Downtown, you're less likely to find a hotel that serves a free breakfast. It's just not common at a "business hotel" in the US, which is most of what's in that area. The exception would be the Hampton and the Holiday Inn Express, which should also be below $200 per night in July, unless something big is going on that weekend. In the West End, there's a Home2 Suites, which is a newer all-suite Hilton property that features full kitchens and a free breakfast. Having the kitchen would be really helpful for a longer stay like yours. I stayed at this one in Nashville just after it opened, and it was a good stay.
Hope that gets you started.
Hi there and thank you...We are on a round the world trip and flying in from Washington and then after Nashville flying to LA or LV....I wondered about Memphis and even though we have driven quite a lot in the USA was not sure on the journey there. If there is lots to see out of Nashville then we would be happy to hire a car just did not want one sitting in a hotel car park all day while we walked to the sites. We are mad shoppers too so a day at the Outlet Malls would be good...any recommendations there ? I have been looking at Downtown Nashville and some of the places you mentioned too so thanks for that, probably something with a kitchen might be good but so long as there is b/fast incuded think be will be fine. Happy to take in any advice