Fly To Nashville, Tennessee
As the heart and soul of America’s far-reaching country music scene, it goes without saying that your trip to Nashville could involve some stomping. And if you’re looking for some of that wholesome ‘downhome spirit’ the south is famous for, the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville is a great place to start.
Don your rhinestones and immerse yourself in a culture of country music amongst the gentle hills and farmlands of this Southern city. And if you enjoy cultural holidays then you’re going to love the more than thousand churches that adorn the “Protestant Vatican” that is Nashville, Tennessee!
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans travelling to Nashville do require a Visa to enter the United States. Make sure your South African passport is valid for 6 months from date of return, and there are at least 2 free pages available for stamps before applying.
- The South African Embassy in the U.S. is at 3400 International Drive, NW, District of Columbia, 20008, Washington DC. Phone number: +1 202 232 4400.
See and do
Nashville is a historic town which means a good number of its attractions are museums and restorations. One of the most recognisable landmarks downtown is the AT&T building which is the tallest building in Tennessee. It’s actually nicknamed the “Batman Building” owing to the two tall spires on it.
Midtown Nashville is a great place to hang out and enjoy the multitude of restaurants and art galleries. There is also a fair share of landmark buildings in this part of town.
A trip to Tennessee is incomplete without submerging yourself in the world of country music! You can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where live performances regularly take place. When you’re ready to wash down all that culture, head to Yazoo Brewery, a local brewing company that offers tours on Saturdays where you can learn how the local beers are made.
The Adventure Science Center makes for an educational day out and the General Jackson Showboat offers a meal and a show on a classically styled 300 foot long paddlewheel cruiser.
There are 113 different parks in Nashville as well as seven golf courses. The parks have something for everyone from cultural art classes to nature trails and art galleries too.
Popular tourist souvenirs to pick up in Nashville include all sorts of cool cowboy paraphernalia (think Stetsons and boots!) and pretty much any music themed items.
You can get around Nashville by bus. Routes run throughout downtown and surrounding areas. There is also a good metro system with commuter trains running from Mondays to Fridays. Renting a car is a great way to explore the city but you’ll need a good idea of where to park, especially downtown.
Nashville International Airport – BNA
The airport is used both for the public and the military and is in the south-eastern area of Nashville. There are an impressive four runways and Nashville International ranks as the 34th busiest airport in the United Stated in terms of passengers.
Food and beverage: There are 21 different snack shops and restaurants at the airport and passengers are able to taste and experience the best of Nashville from the airport! Favourites include Tennessee Tavern, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, Noshville Delicatessen and Neely’s Bar-B-Que. The range of eateries aims to create a travel experience reflective of Nashville’s hospitable and rather diverse spirit.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs throughout the airport as well as near various gates and concourses. Sun Trust Bank branches are located at various points too. You will also find change machines at the Baggage Claim, Vending Court and Carousels 4 and 7.
Lost Luggage: Should your luggage be misplaced inside the airport contact Nashville Airport authorities on: (615) 275-1674.
Car Hire: Alamo, Dollar, National and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Nashville International Airport (code BNA) is a hub for Southwest Airlines.