I hate saying anything negative about Nashville as I had a great time while there, but the city itself was not pleasant.
As typical of large cities, there are tons of one-way streets downtown that we weren’t familiar with AND that weren’t marked on maps.
Compounding that confusion, a number of streets were blocked off due to the July 4th event.
EVEN MORE! A lot of streets were blocked off by construction work and what one tour guide called, “Tennessee’s state bird, the crane!” (It’s actually the mockingbird if you were curious).
Additionally, parking was… difficult, but at least we expected that. Parking in the Gulch neighborhood on the edge of downtown and walking in over the railroad was the way to go for us.
Second major problem with the city was the smell.
There was a faint garbage stench throughout downtown. Not exactly sure why.
Obviously it got stronger when we got close to dumpsters, but I’ve never experienced a problem like this in any major city. Seems like the dumpsters just don’t trap smells in Tennessee’s humidity.
Final issue with Nashville was the myth of Southern hospitality. I’ve heard of, experienced it, and expected it in Nashville, but it was not so!
Not that anybody was particularly rude, just people were notably less polite than what I’d experienced in Davis, CA.
Maybe it’s because Nashville is a tourist town and the locals hate tourists? Maybe it was due to the extra stress of the downtown construction and July 4th? Maybe something in the local news had everyone on edge?
Whatever it was, the people there just weren’t as nice as I expected them to be.
Like I said, all of these things by no means ruined the vacation. There were just… noticeable.