Flights to Nashville
The capital, and second largest city, in Tennessee is Nashville. Nicknamed the Music City, Nashville is best known by many for its links with music and is a popular tourist destination.
Not far from Nashville’s downtown core is the Nashville International Airport (airport code: BNA). There is a public bus that connects the airport to the city centre, running 7 days a week. Most air traffic at this airport is from within the United States, with a few flights coming in from Canada. All flights to Nashville from Johannesburg will require two connections. Each airline that provides flights to Nashville offers a different pair of connections. A flight with British Airways for example stops in London and then Toronto, and Delta’s route will take via to Atlanta and Detroit.
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The Tourist Attractions in Nashville:
Nashville has always been most famous as the Country Music Capital of the World, and though music is still a very important part of the culture in this southern USA city, Nashville is moving away from its reliance on country music and now offers more in the way of culture and a variety of tourist attractions.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
For those visitors who do enjoy country music and are interested in finding out more about Nashville’s love affair with this genre, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a good place to start. Both audio tours and guided tours are available, and the exhibits are regularly changing. You may also be in the city when there’s a live performance going on here.
Music Valley Wax Museum
Staying with the country music theme, the Music Valley Wax Museum is like Madam Tussauds though based solely on country music! There are more than 50 wax figures here of country music stars, plus a ‘Sidewalk of the Stars’ where you can see hundreds of autographs.
Historical Attractions in Nashville
Having been founded back in 1779 Nashville is quite an old city, by American standards! Visitors will find a range of historical attractions here from the Tennessee State Capitol, to mansions, to forts.
The Tennessee State Capitol is an impressive building, built in the Greek Revival style between 1845 and 1859, it looks more Greek temple than legislature building! From Monday to Friday (except holidays) the public can enjoy free guided tours.
Adjacent to the state capitol is the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park where you can see a huge map of Tennessee, monuments, fountains, and more.
Belle Meade Plantation is a popular attraction where visitors are treated to tours given by costumed guides. This historic plantation has a lot of history associated with it which started even before the American Civil War. Visitors can see the old mansion which was built in 1853, the carriage house built in 1890, and one of the oldest log cabins in the state that was built in 1790.
Fort Negley serves as a reminder that Nashville was occupied by the Union forces during the American Civil War. The fort recently benefited from new interpretive signs and boardwalks. More of Nashville’s history during the Civil War and right back to Prehistoric times can be seen at the Tennessee State Museum, one of the largest state museums in the country.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a humid subtropical climate in Nashville so the city never gets too cold. Summers are hot and humid with average highs in the low 30’s C (high 80’s F). Spring and autumn are less humid, and have warm temperatures, making these seasons a good time to visit.