Spring to early summer shows the city at its finest and, in our opinion, is the best time to visit Nashville. During this time the weather is divine, with warm days and cool evenings, plus the city is ablaze in color from the flowering trees and bushes. Book two to three months in advance if you're planning a trip at this time (the al fresco dining, outdoor events and festivals of this season make it worth the extra effort required to plan ahead). Hotel pricing can vary widely depending on what events are scheduled. During this busy season, look for flight and accommodation deals through the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at visitmusiccity.com.
Off-SeasonDecember - March
While Nashville tends to be quiet in the winter, December through March is still a fine time to visit. Nashville weather ranges from chilly to warm, and the occasional snowfall adds a sense of festivity. There are fewer crowds at the museums and honky-tonks, even on the weekends, and the best Nashville hotels offer excellent weekend getaway packages for those who have decided winter is the best time to visit Nashville.
Shoulder SeasonOctober - November
Fall is our second favorite season and considered by some as the best time to visit Nashville; days of brilliant blue skies and crisp temps frame the city’s architecture—antebellum and modern—in bright, flattering hues. If you can, visit between October through early November to see the city at peak foliage time. Football games—both college and professional—music and food festivals, and recreational activities are highlights of the season. On football weekends, finding a hotel room around Vandy or downtown can be tricky.