As the home of Trace Adkins, Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon, it’s easy to see why “Music City” makes such a spot-on nickname for Nashville. But as much as the city adores its honky-tonks and cowboy boots, in no way does it merely play one note.
On the contrary, with world-class universities, Star-Rated hotels, thriving sports and a dynamic culinary scene, Nashville offers a comprehensive itinerary of fun that’s music to any high-end traveler’s ears.
What to pack for Nashville
Packing is always difficult when you’re heading to a place with unpredictable weather. Nashville is one of those places. Winter can (and will) be mild or brutal.
Spring can make you freeze or sweat. Summer, well, is going to be hot. And fall is just as temperamental as the rest.
Your best bet is to check the forecast — even on the day before you leave.
On the whole, Nashville is an incredibly casual city. We can’t think of a single restaurant that would turn you away at the door for wearing jeans — and by and large, that’s the uniform of choice here in Music City.
Cowboy boots are always fun, but if you’re trying to fit in like a local, we suggest leaving the cowboy hat at home. Comfortable footwear, a raincoat and a scarf (which can come in handy in three of four seasons) will make your trip a success.
What is the weather like in Nashville?
As we mentioned, Nashville weather, particularly in the spring and fall, has a mind of its own. From March to mid-May, temperatures swing from the 50s up to the 80s, and everywhere in between. There are random thunderstorms, hailstorms and even the occasional tornado watch, if things get dicey. So, if anything is to be expected, it’s rain — lots of it.
If you’re visiting during the summer months, weather will get much more predictable: hot, hotter and hottest. Though Nashville doesn’t have the reputation for humidity like some other Southern cities, like Atlanta, don’t think you’ve missed out all the fun. Steam rising from the pavement early in the morning is one of the signs of the season.
Do you need a rental car in Nashville?
Yes, you should get a car. Nashville’s public transit system isn’t exactly easy to navigate, and since the roads and highways are rarely crowded with traffic, using a rental car is easy, convenient and relatively inexpensive. Parking is typically plentiful and free (except for some areas downtown), so you can easily ride from one part of town to another without much hassle.
When you have a rental car, it will enable you to see all of Nashville’s great neighborhoods, as well as some great attractions outside of the metropolitan center, like Arrington Vineyards or Andrew Jackson’s home at the Hermitage.
Though not required to enjoy all that Broadway has to offer, a rental car will certainly make your trip to Nashville more enjoyable.
Another option: Lyft and Uber run their ride-sharing services in the city.