Information & Facts
Nashville has a moderate climate with hot summers and cold
winters. An ample annual rainfall keeps things green and clean, but
there are enough sunny days in between to keep everyone happy.
Summers can be very humid, which pushes up the discomfort index
even if temperatures do not hit major highs.
Buses and trolleys ply the streets of Nashville, the
Metropolitan Transit Authority running several bus routes from
5.30am to midnight each day. Bus 34 is the Music Valley Express
that links the downtown district with Opryland, where it meets the
Music Valley Trolley serving Music Drive. This service operates
every 40 minutes daily between 8.15am and 6.15pm. There is a free
trolley route, the Lunch Line, looping through the central city
area between Second Broadway and Sixth Avenue. For sightseers a
trolley leaves the Frist Arts Center on Broadway at midday and 2pm
for a two-hour tour that takes in the main attractions. There are
several taxi companies operating in Nashville, and the major car
rental companies offer services. Driving in Nashville's small
downtown area can be frustrating, but a hire car is useful for
excursions out of town.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.
The home of country music, Nashville is synonymous with
entertainment and is anything but dull. With a music industry that
keeps on churning out headlining acts, visitors are sure to have a
toe-tapping good time when they hit the streets for a night out on
Don't be fooled by the charming southern drawl, Nashville is not
just about country music and visitors will find enough rock, jazz,
bluegrass, country, and gospel to meet their musical needs. First
stop has to be the District, crammed with nightclubs, bars and
restaurants where country music reigns supreme, the District is the
heart of Nashville's nightlife scene. For a night out with a
difference visit the Wildhorse Saloon where you can get in on free
country line dancing lessons, head to the Mercy Lounge for a more
edgy, laid back atmosphere, while the Tin Roof is a popular hotspot
where live bands are hosted six nights a week. For party animals
looking for a last stop before heading home, Orbit is a good bet as
it keeps the dance floor and music going for die-hards between
3.30am and 5am.
For a more relaxed, suburban night out, look no further than
Music Valley where you'll find the long-running country music radio
broadcast known Grand Ole Opry as well as Nashville Palace and the
Opryland Hotel, which has bars featuring live music while Five
Points neighbourhood boasts some great bars and cafés for a mellow