Nashville, Tennessee, known as Music City, not only welcomes visitors to enjoy the hot sounds of music, but also offers an enticing food scene, historic sites, and events throughout the year. Families, business travellers, and couples will find it easy to rent a car and take to the streets to fill their days with fun and excitement.
How to Rent a Car in Nashville
Car rental companies are scattered around the city and at the airport. The Car Rental Facility at the Metropolitan Nashville Airport is home to nine rental car companies, including Advantage, Budget, Hertz, and National, among others. The facility is a short walk from the terminal. However, the trek is made even easier with covered moving walkways. Renting a car, even when it's busy, isn't typically a problem as the quick-turnaround facility has all the necessities onsite, such as car wash bays, fueling stations, fuel storage tanks, and a vacuum and windshield wiper fluid system. The facility will also inspire, as the exterior features a public art piece by renowned artist Ned Kahn.
Renters must have a valid U.S. driver's license to rent one of the many types and makes of vehicles available. International drivers may need to present their passport along with an International Driver's Permit. Travellers are advised to check with the rental company for required paperwork and identification prior to booking.
Driving in Nashville
Rush hour hits the Nashville area from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and again from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The interstates are hit with the traffic the hardest, so it's wise to pull up navigation prior to heading out to find out which roads have the least amount of traffic. In the downtown area, visitors should keep an eye out for pedal taverns and hay rides, which will cause delays due to their slow-moving nature.
Things to Do in Nashville
Nashville doesn't take music lightly; the city is home to world-famous musicians and abounds with places to listen or learn about the art. Visitors should hop in the car and head to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to browse the numerous exhibits at the world's largest popular music museum. Elvis fanatics can take a tour of Music Row to see the historic RCA Studio B where he recorded more than 200 songs.
While Nashville is certainly known for music, that's certainly not all visitors will find in this exciting city. The Parthenon, in Centennial Park, is home to the only full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon in the world. An art gallery and museum are located inside, as well as the Western world's tallest indoor sculpture — a 42-foot-high sculpture of Athena. History buffs won't want to miss a visit to Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Home of the People's President.
When visiting Nashville, visitors can explore the city at their own pace by renting a car that they found on Skyscanner. By planning ahead and reserving a car early, travellers will ensure they are packing the most into their visit to Music City.