Who said a good summer vacation needs to be at a beach?

Almost 17 million travelers will tell you otherwise – instead of flocking to some of the country’s dreamiest coastal cities, they’ve chosen to take in the incredible cultural scene of Nashville, which, by the way, goes well beyond its musical heritage.

In light of this brand-new tourism record for the Tennessee hub, we’re going to go over everything that’s drawing in visitors in such unprecedented numbers, from the endless attractions to the fantastic weather and jam-packed events calendar.

So, if you’re still deciding where to head off to this summer, here’s our case for why Nashville should be a top contender:

A Sightseer’s Dream

Known as “Music City,” you probably know all about Nashville’s reputation as a haven for artistic souls.

Exterior building and grounds of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville

Home to the legendary Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the city takes you on a journey that’ll help you better appreciate not only the local sounds and rhythms but the musical history of the entire U.S.

When it comes to Nashville attractions, though, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Want to go to Greece without actually going there? Why not visit the Parthenon in Centennial Park, a full-scale replica of the ancient Athenian temple – built in 1897, it’s now become a fascinating landmark in its own right.

Parthenon Replica at Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee

Other unmissable places to add to your itinerary include the Belmont Mansion, the Belle Meade Plantation, as well as the entire Downtown area, and the historic Germantown.

The Perfect Summer Weather

The one thing that drives people out of the U.S. the most during summer is the weather.

You either live somewhere so cold you don’t even get to experience the season properly, or, more likely, you’re tired of having to fight the scorching heat.

The Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, Nashville

Luckily for you, some time away in Nashville is the perfect solution to all that.

The city is known for its dreamy summer weather – between June and August, the temperatures rarely go beyond the high-60s to high-80s range (20°C – 32°C).

If you ask me, you couldn’t get a better summer climate even if you tried to make it yourself; you’ll bask under that warm summer sun while still getting to go on those long sightseeing excursions without fear of overheating.

Sunny day in Nashville

A Budget-Friendly Big City Getaway

Generally speaking, those planning a U.S. getaway this summer either have to go for a more humble destination that fits their budget or blow through their entire savings to make that big city getaway happen.

With Nashville, you don’t have to compromise, though.

Aerial view of Nashville

The average traveler can have the time of their lives spending just a little over $150 a day in the city (that’s including travel and accommodation), and when you compare that to similarly-sized cities like DenverBoston, and Washington, D.C., it’s a steal!

What To Do In Nashville This Summer?

And what’s the No. 1 perk of going to a big metropolis like this? You’ll never have to worry about getting bored.

Even with that in mind, though, summer in Nashville this year is looking extra busy, with a fantastic calendar of events, festivals, and concerts to go through.

Crowded street in Nashville

Just this next week you’ll get to attend the long-awaited CMA Music Festival, whose lineup this year includes Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Cody Johnson, Megan Moroney, and an army of other talented musicians waiting to take the stage.

The July 4th Let Freedom Sing! Festival is another one you won’t want to miss out on – with headliners like Chris Young, Girl Named Tom, and Blessing Offor, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Concert audience

Not a big festival fan? Don’t worry, there’s plenty for you to do in Nashville, too.

The Nashville Film Festival, the Tomato Art Fest (held in East Nashville this August), and Nashville Hot Comedy on Broadway, are not to be missed.

For more info on every single thing you’ll get to do these upcoming months (organized by date), you can head over here.

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