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Welcome to Nashville. The toast of Tennessee is famous for its music. Even today, the Grand Ole Opry country music show still serenades visitors every week. Hear the stories of local legends from Dolly Parton to Kings of Leon, try everything from hot chicken to cool boutiques. You’ll be calling out for an encore.
Let this friendly city take you on a whistle-stop tour of its top sights, every honky-tonk you pass will have its own mini music scene. But ‘Music City’ is far more than a music museum (though it has plenty of those). East Nashville is now a hipster quarter – flick through vinyls with one hand, holding a hot dog in the other. There’s massive portions of barbecue food for the hungry – and you just have to try the hot chicken. Hunting down the Parthenon in Centennial Park or taking a tipsy whiskey tour of Jack Daniel’s distillery, on Nashville holidays there are plenty of places to strut your stuff. With direct flights to Nashville, what are you waiting for? If you book flights and hotels together you’ll save with our package holidays.
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Our carefully selected rooms around the popular West End, Downtown and Opryland areas suit all budgets and travellers. The three-star Doubletree By Hilton Nashville Downtown is a short stumble back from the Wildhorse saloon and the Downtown nightlife or try the BentoLiving Chestnut Hill if you'd prefer a self-catering apartment. The Inn at Opryland, close to the airport, is the ideal base for a trip to a show at the original Grand Ole Opry. For family-friendly luxury choose the Gaylord Opryland Resort, with a mile of indoor gardens and waterfalls in the glass atriums and a whole village of on-site restaurants and shopping. The Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown is a popular four-star, just one block from the State Capitol with sweeping city views. Or if you're travelling in a group, crash at the luxurious W Nashville and congregate at its vibrant rooftop bar to watch the sun set over the city.
So many tunes, so little time, from East Nashville to Music Row this city needs a couple of days – and some wild nights – to make its introduction. Luckily our guide to holidays in Nashville will help you plan a trip to remember.
Stay in the centre of the action in Downton Nashville, which straddles the Cumberland river. Here is the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hatch Show Print next door. There’s also an important Ryman Auditorium, a venue for the Grand Ole Opry, the weekly country music show. There are plenty of hotels in this area. Once you’ve danced through Downtown, discover the rest of Nashville. Hopeful musicians still make pilgrimages to Music Row. There’s a wax museum of country music stars opening in 2017 and RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded much of his music.
Between Music Row and Downtown you have the Gulch. Once an industrial heartland, visit the brewery taprooms in the area, one of the largest is the Yazoo Brewing Company. There are plenty of hotels in the Opryland area, just above the airport. The original Grand Ole Opry is here, set in an attractive building with a barn-themed stage. There is a new out of town shopping district, Opry Mills and Gaylord Opryland Resort nearby. Lying West of Downtown, in the centre of West End, you’ll find pretty Centennial Park. And in East Nashville and around 12 South, you’ll find vinyl shops, tattoo parlours and people sporting excellent street style.
This city is brimming with musical delights. If you’re not a lover of country music, you’re bound to change your tune after Nashville’s top sights.
Go beyond the city
After you’ve explored Nashville, why not make the most of your time in the US by visiting New Orleans or Houston? Our multi-city trips allow you to open the door to even more adventure and explore with total freedom.Customise your trip
The open road beckons. Put on a playlist and enjoy the Deep South’s famous music triangle by visiting Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Clarksdale and New Orleans to discover blues, country and jazz in its myriad forms. Or cruise east towards Atlanta, continue to Charleston and Savannah, and be welcomed everywhere you visit.
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