Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, Nashville is a great city to visit. The area has lots of affordable options for dining, drinking, accommodations, attractions and more. You can see and do a lot in Nashville without breaking the bank. Here are some ways to save money when traveling to the Country Music Capitol of the World.
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Nashville is a country music lover’s paradise. Unlike many major cities where concerts cost hundreds of dollars, in Nashville you can often attend high quality music venues for next to nothing. The Bluebird Café has hosted some of the most famous singers and songwriters in Country music from Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift, and yet there is still no cover charge for the early shows. All you need to do is spend at least $7 on food or drink -it’s hard to beat dinner and a show for $7! The Grand Ole Opry is the longest running live radio performance in America. Eight or more artists preform at each show, which runs over 2.5 hours, but you can get a ticket for as little as $35 dollars.
There is more to Nashville then music though. The Tennessee State Museum (one of the largest state museums in the nation) and the State Capitol are both open to the public, free of charge. Vanderbilt University, one of the best collages in the country is located in Nashville and the campus often hosts free events, concerts and exhibitions that are open to the public. To score a good shopping deal, head to the weekly Farmer’s Market, which is also home to a weekly Flea Market on Saturdays.
If you stay at an extended stay property, you can save money by cooking your own meals, but if you’d still like to go out and explore Nashville’s eats, you can find lots of delicious and inexpensive meals. The Arcade is a popular spot for lunch – the Arcade is full of small family restaurants that cater to the 9-5 lunch crowd. The best spots typically have the longest lines! Food Trucks are also a great way to dine out on a budget. Nashville has over a dozen food truck options to choose from. Some of the most popular trucks include Biscuit Love, The Grilled Cheeserie and The Trailer Perk.
One of Nashville’s most popular meal choices is also one of the most cost effective. Many Nashville restaurants offer “Meat and Three” plates where you choose your protein and then pick three side dishes. Usually a Meat and Three will fill you up for less than $10 dollars.
Nashville is home to many Honky-Tonk bars that play country music. Most of the Honky-Tonks can be entered with no cover charge and they typically offer drink specials earlier in the evening. When visiting a Honky-Tonk, you could be listening to a country music star in the making.
The Jack Daniels Distillery is only a short drive from Nashville. The Distillery provides free tours of the facility and at the end of the tour you can even sample some of their famous lemonade – unfortunately since it’s a dry county, you won’t find any liquor in it.