Nashville has no beach. There is no theme park. No casino. No Super Bowl, or Mardi Gras. It also doesn’t have the World Cup.
Nevertheless, this city in the center of the state of Tennessee, which is world famous for good music, is a great destination for those who plan to save some money yet still travel and see interesting parts of the USA.
Nashville has a handful of places with free music, as well as educational and cultural attractions that were easy to fill in a few days that I stayed, and guess what,you will not pay much. You can find accommodation, food, and have fun for much less money than in some other cities in America.
Nashville has built a good part of his reputation with the help of music, and eventually became “Capitol of Music” the USA. In one of the temples in Nashville, at the Museum of Music, I had an unforgettable time, and the ticket was less than $ 20. In this museum, you can ask the guitarist David Andersen to play your favorite country songs – completely for free. He will play on his 15-year-old wireless Epiphone guitar everything that comes to your mind. “You are my sun,” “I cannot help falling in love” and many other. Andersen will kindly ask you to sign in to his diary, with the help of which he keeps in touch with the people he meets. After a short conversation with him, he mentioned that so far he met more than a million people.
Grand Ole Opry tickets, the Nashville’s legendary show of country music cost between $38 and $53 for around 2 and a half hours of concerts. If you love to have fun up to late at night, Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree is held every Saturday evening (to be precise Sunday early in the morning) in a space close to the Grand Ole Opry House, the northeast of the city center. The entry was free and we were entertained by artists such as Michael Martin Murphey, Charlie Louvin and Jack Greene.
Right in between all those pubs is Jack’s Bar-B-Que, and we couldn’t miss the southern pork barbecue. Sandwich with pork shoulder, beans, cabbage salad, and tea or some carbonated soft drinks was only $8.66. A few miles away is At The Table cafeteria, where traditional Southern specialties – feta chicken pre-flocked in flour, grilled, sweet potatoes and American drinks for only $ 7.25. Do you need something with fierce taste? The Prince’s Hot Fried Chicken Shack is 15 minutes north of the center that has been flushing the customer’s throats since 1945. Since I like spicy food I order 500,000 volts hot chicken with white bread and sour cucumbers(pickles), and maybe some other salad, and I got all that food for about $ 10.
Do you have any worries about visiting the restaurant too much and want to raise your culture and knowledge of American history a bit? The Hermitage, is the house where ex United States of America president Andrew Jackson lived in and it is open every day, and it is not that far away,only 12 miles east of the center. The whole tour costs $ 17 for adults, $ 11 for students 13-18, and $ 7 for children 6-12. In the wider city center, opposite of the Vanderbilt University in the Centennial Park, there is The Parthenon, a replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. Inside you will see the statue of Athena and a museum with 63 paintings by American authors from the 19th and 20th centuries. The entry is $ 6 for adults and $ 3.50 for children. For those who love history, in this city, there is an opportunity to visit the Human Rights Department at the Nashville Library, the Grand Ole Opry Museum, the Tennessee State Museum, the Museum of Agriculture – all for free.
A 10-minute walk from the pubs, which are also popular for adult citizens of Nashville and tourists, is a stylish Union Station Hotel, originally opened as a railway station in 1900, and then converted to a hotel in 1986. This Ricardonic Romanesque structure has a ceiling decorated with gold medallions, and at each end of the lobby there are two barrels of steam locomotives and horse-drawn carriages. This building was declared in 1977 as a monument of national history. Enjoy a free walk through the lobby, because sleeping for two costs from $ 200 to $ 280, trust me I asked. Courtyard Nashville Downtown costs $ 109 a night, the Red Roof Inn (15 minutes from the center) where I actually stayed for the duration of my trip is an average of $ 47 per night.
Northeast of the city is a small town – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The entire complex has about 2,900 rooms, 36,000 m2 of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, and a river with a boat for guests. Entrance to the park is $ 18, and boat rides $ 9.
When you live in a “Capital of Music” sometimes you get tired of music, or maybe you don’t. Well, people who do get tired of the sounds of guitar, sometimes head to a quiet but very picturesque highway Natchez Trace Parkway that starts right south of Nashville. There is no toll payment, and its entire length is 444 miles south through Alabama all the way to the southern stream of the Mississippi River.
The legendary music scene, dynamic landscapes, and culinary specialties make this city every day gaining 85 new residents. Another interesting fact that I learned about this city is that Nashville was on August 21st 2017 only city in America in the direct line of sight with solar eclipse,if only I was there back then…