Nashville is an American city that is probably known to some Norwegians already, thanks to its legendary status as a music city. Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee, but is in any case only the second largest city in the same state. Just under 700,000 people live in the city itself, and the largest neighboring city is Memphis.
According to DigoPaul, Nashville is primarily known as a “country city”, and attracts tourists both from the United States and further afield thanks to the many music legends who are from and have performed in the city. Furthermore, it is a city rich in history, with many cultural monuments, and which is a typical stop if you go on a “road trip” along the east coast of the United States. Nashville, however, is located some distance inland, and consequently has a stable climate with fairly cold winters and hot summers. The period June to August is therefore the best time to visit the city.
Recommended hotels in Nashville
- Fairlane Hotel-Stylish and modern hotel in the center of Nashville that gets very good feedback.
- JW Marriott Nashville-Great hotel with great amenities in downtown Nashville.
- SoBro Guest House– Apartment hotel with modern rooms and very central location.
Travel to Nashville
It is not possible to fly directly to Nashville, but you can manage with one flight change from Oslo Airport. One option is to fly to New York first, then take a direct flight to Nashville. You generally have many options if you fly from a European airport first. You have to set aside at least 13 hours for the trip, but when you first arrive at the airport in Nashville, it is only a matter of a drive of about 20 minutes before you are in the heart of the city.
The official currency of the United States and, consequently, Nashville is the US dollar. The exchange rate for the dollar varies greatly, so you may want to update before you travel. The price level is generally cheaper in the US than in Norway, especially when it comes to eating out, as well as shopping for clothes. Nashville will also be seen as a far cheaper city than the big cities of New York and Los Angeles. When it comes to tourist safety, Nashville is a relatively quiet city. However, you should be aware of where you are staying in the evening. The drinking water from the tap is safe to drink, but bottled water does not cost much.
Overnight and dine in Nashville
Accommodation in Nashville is generally cheap. There are very many tourist class hotels, with affordable accommodation and relatively simple standard – perfect for you who are on a road trip. Nashville also has a number of high standard downtown hotels. In general, we recommend that you settle centrally, so that you can walk to Broadway (the main street) with all its bustling crowds and “saloons”.
American cuisine may not have directly inspired the world with its dishes, and is probably best known for its fast food shops. Of course, there are many of these in Nashville, but we recommend a visit to one of the good restaurants. There are very many good “steakhouses” in Nashville, where you are served various (giant) plates with good meat and accessories. Also, don’t forget a high-calorie breakfast with pancakes and milkshakes!
Attractions in Nashville
As the capital of country music, it will not necessarily be foolish to have a certain interest in music when visiting Nashville, which for many will draw associations to the western era and what belongs to it. Just walking in the city center is an experience worthy!
The most famous Broadway is perhaps located in New York, but Nashville also has a lot to offer in this street. It is the main street in the city, and here there are pubs and bars next door. Of course, it is mostly country that is played, and a lot of good and exciting drinks are served at nice prices. Here you can set aside a few evenings for comfort and enjoyment.
One of America’s and perhaps the world’s most famous and historically rich artists, his name is Johnny Cash, and by chance there is a separate museum dedicated to this music legend. Here you can see many signed and authentic products, including typical garments, posters and guitars.
Country Music Hall of Fame
One does not visit Nashville without learning more about country music and its legendary status in the city. The Country Music Hall of Fame features extensive multi-story exhibits that take you through the entire history of country music. There is a lot of excitement here, which even the one with the “most common” taste in music will find interesting.
Boat trip along the Cumberland River
Something that can be experienced if you want to do something other than walk in the city streets, is a boat trip with a river steamer on the Cumberland River. It serves both food and drink, as well as occasional entertainment. It is of course very exciting to see as well, with everything from churches to bridges and natural sights.