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Visiting Nashville on a Family Budget

by Candace Webb, studioD

Families that have always wanted to see Nashville, but were concerned about the cost, can still plan a vacation to "NashVegas," as the locals call it, and enjoy the experience without breaking the bank. Nashville has more to offer than country music. The city has historic sites to visit, inexpensive food to eat and lodging that is significantly less expensive than tourist hotels.

Extended Stay Facilities

Nashville has several extended-stay hotels to choose from. Extended-stay hotels are typically less expensive than traditional nightly hotels. In addition, most of them offer small kitchenettes that are fully equipped for cooking. Feeding a family out each day can be expensive. Save money by preparing family meals at the hotel before hitting the site-seeing road. Many extended stay hotels in and around the Nashville area also offer swimming pools, laundry facilities and workout rooms. This option does require a willingness to compromise such as charging a housekeeping fee to guests who do not wish to clean their own rooms during their stay.

Picnic Back in Time

Nashville is rich in Civil War history. Families can pack a picnic lunch and visit several of the area's Civil War battlegrounds and plantations. Many sites, including the Belle Meade Plantation, the Hermitage -- home to Andrew Jackson -- and Travellers Rest, conduct tours during which the guide explains the historic significance of each site. Battleground sites such as the Battle of Stones River and the Battle of Nashville take visitors back in time as tales are told about the lives of Civil War soldiers.

Eating Out

Eateries of all types line the streets of downtown Nashville. For a family on a budget, the Noshville New York Delicatessen offers an array of meats and tofu substitutes for a reasonable cost. If you happen to be in Nashville on the last weekend of the month, check out the Nashville Farmers' Market, which is filled with Southern comfort food stands at budget-saving prices. To eat like true Southerners eat, however, try a "meat and three." This is a style of restaurant where patrons choose a meat from the several featured meats of the day, then order three vegetable choices from a large selection. Such meals are very budget-friendly and will give your family a taste of true Southern cooking.

Music Fun

A vacation in Nashville wouldn't be complete without visiting at least one or two music venues. Nicknamed "Music City," Nashville offers venues with every music genre possible. While some are not geared for family fun, many of them are including shows on the General Jackson Showboat, and at the Grand Old Opry.

About the Author

Candace Webb has been writing professionally since 1989. She has worked as a full-time journalist as well as contributed to metropolitan newspapers including the "Tennessean." She has also worked on staff as an associate editor at the "Nashville Parent" magazine. Webb holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in business from San Jose State University.

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