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In addition to the info below, excellent maps and driving directions can be found at the website of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
If you are staying downtown, you will be within easy walking distance of many tourist-friendly sites, restaurants, and events.In addition, the new Music City Circuit is a free bus service that runs two routes through the downtown corridor every 10 to 15 minutes.
Most downtown hotels provide parking for their patrons, and there is ample parking both in public garages and in open lots throughout downtown. The Park it! Downtown site provides excellent info and maps. Generally speaking, visitors will only have trouble finding parking spots when there are events taking place downtown. Checking ahead for festivals, conventions, concerts or hockey matches at the Sommet Center, and the Titan's home football schedule may help prevent headaches.
The Music City Trolley Hop, is a great way to see all the major attractions in Nashville on a one hour fully narrated tour, with the option of getting off at any of seven stops!
Nashville also offers a wide variety of attractions, shopping, dining, neighborhoods, and entertainment venues spread throughout the metro area. These options are easily accessible with your own vehicle or using a taxi service. Hotels throughout the city are serviced by a number of both large and small taxi companies. A list of phone numbers for cab companies serving Nashville can be found here. Taxis are easy to hail and multiple taxis are "on call" at most of the downtown hotels.You can also plan your travels around Nashville using public transportation provided by Nashville MTA. However, on the Nashville Forum here at Tripadvisor, locals regularly point out that the MTA system is difficult to negotiate, and suggest that tourists consider renting a car or using taxi service.
Shuttles provided by the Opryland and other airport-area hotels travel back and forth to downtown. It is also possible to travel between downtown and the Opryland area via the #34 bus.
The Wildhorse Shuttle travels back and forth to downtown, with stops including the The Inn at Opryland, Cascades Canopy, Magnolia Canopy, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Wildhorse Saloon. The shuttle runs Sun-Thu 8:55am-11:35pm, and Fri-Sat 8:55am-1:35am, and costs $20 per person, 1-day pass; $40 per person, 3-day pass (unlimited use for 3 days).
Taxi trips to and from downtown and the Nashville International Airport (BNA) are a flat $25 rate. You can also get to the airport from dontown using the #18 bus. Gray Line also offers shuttles to downtown and West End hotels for $14.00 one way and $25.00 roundtrip, for reservations, call #615-275-1180. Their booth is located on the lower level below baggage claim.