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Cheap Travel to Nashville: 5 Great Attractions For Visitors on a Budget

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jan 2015 11:35 AM

The city of Nashville, Tennessee, is known as the nation's heart and soul of country music. As a travel destination, the city offers a wide variety of entertainment, fine dining, and luxury accommodations. However, for those on a budget there are cheaper travel options that still allow for a great vacation in "Music City, USA."

The city was home to country legends Johnny Cash and Hank Williams and now houses a host of current country artists. However, Nashville is also known for its growing rock, jazz, and blues scene as well. Despite all the star power, both current and past, "Nashville exudes a modest, down-to-earth vibe. It's been characterized as a big back porch, teeming with storytellers and old timers picking on six strings," says U.S. News.

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The peak season to visit Nashville is during the warmer months of April through October when outside venues and the street life are at their busiest. However, for cheaper travel options, the off-season of November through March is still a great time to visit the city with lower prices on hotels and flights.

Here are five great Nashville attractions for visitors on a budget:

1. Nashville's live music scene: From the Full Moon Saloon and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville to Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, live music abounds in in Nashville every day of the week. According to Nashville Music City, "The best part, you don't have to pay a pretty penny to listen to Nashville's live music scene. Take a stroll and open the ears to all the free music playing around every nook and cranny in Music City."

For cheaper travel options in Nashville, visitors can purchase a Music City Total Access Discount Pass for approximately $60, which can save visitors up to 57 percent on entrance fees. The pass provides access to many of the city's main attractions including the four listed below.

2. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: The exhibits in this venue change but have included such artists as Glen Campbell, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, and Tanya Tucker. In addition to the exhibits, there are numerous activities, shopping and dining options on site.

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3. Grand Ole Opry House Tour: "Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music. Tours are usually available every day (February – October)."

4. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art: Cheekwood is a "historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit." From the beautiful gardens, shows, and lectures to the art exhibits that include American and British Art and outdoor sculpture, Cheekwood is a must-see destination in Nashville.

5. Nashville Zoo at Grassmere: According to Music City, at the Nashville Zoo visitors can "discover clouded leopards and red pandas along the Bamboo Trail, see elephants and giraffes wandering through African Savannahs, stroll through our new Kangaroo Kickabout, and explore the Unseen New World with some of the wildest things you've never seen."

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