The modern day traveler has more options than ever before. In terms of destination, accommodation, modes of transport, attractions, activities, and more, there are long lists of options to choose from to help you make every trip memorable and enjoyable. Accommodation is always a big part of any trip and hostels are one of the most popular forms of accommodation all around the world due to their affordable rates and excellent services. Not only are hostels cheaper than hotels and motels, they also offer more freebies like Wi-Fi access and breakfast buffets, as well as cozy rooms with comfortable beds and communal spaces for travelers to meet and greet one another. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


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Known as Music City, Nashville is the beating heart of the state of Tennessee. The city is most commonly associated with country music, being the home of key locations and institutions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry, so is a hugely popular destination for anyone interested in country legends, but also has much to offer for other kinds of visitors too. There’s a lot to see and do in Nashville, with the city being well-suited to all kinds of outdoor enjoyment like hiking and kayaking. Like many major American cities, Nashville is also home to a lot of different kinds of accommodation, including a couple of excellent hostels.

Best Hostels in Nashville

Staying in a Nashville hostel is a great way to visit the city on a budget. It’s also a smart idea for solo travelers or young people who are interested in sharing their experiences with others. Hostels in Nashville feature lots of communal spaces for you to hang out and get to know new people, potentially making some lifelong friends or simple casual acquaintances along the way. Read on for some key overviews and details on the best hostels in Nashville.

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2.Music City Hostel

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If you're a budget-conscious traveler looking for a hostel in Nashville, you probably want to find some accommodation in a good location, with smart transport links to the various landmarks and points of interest around the city, so you don't have to spend too much cash getting around. Music City Hostel definitely fits the bill, being conveniently located within two miles of many of Nashville's top touristic sites like the Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame. This hostel keeps things simple in terms of decor and furnishings, offering highly affordable rooms that are both clean and comfortable.

Mixed-gender and female-only dormitories are available in a range of sizes, with comfortable bunk beds for all guests and high speed wireless internet access provided free of charge. You can also reserve private rooms at this location, which are suitable for groups of up to four people and can include private bathrooms if desired. One of the best things about Music City Hostel is all the communal areas it has to offer, including an outdoor space with BBQ and fire pit for campfires and fun meals with friends, as well as a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Coin-operated laundry facilities can also be found at this location, so it has everything you need to make your stay as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

1809 Patterson St, Nashville, TN 37203, Phone: 615-497-1208

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3.Nashville Downtown Hostel

Nashville Downtown Hostel
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Right on the banks of the Cumberland River, not far from Cumberland Park and the Nissan Stadium, the Nashville Downtown Hostel is in a really convenient location for the arts district of Nashville and many of the city's top spots like live entertainment venues, good quality restaurants, cafes, bars, historical landmarks, and the famous Ryman Auditorium. Almost everything you could want to see in Nashville is within walking distance of this great location. The hostel itself is housed in a beautiful old warehouse building that dates back to the late 19th century.

Room rates are very attractive and there are female, male, and mixed dorms to be chosen from, as well as private rooms with bunk beds and extra furnishings. All rooms and dorms come with clean, shared bathrooms, and all guests are given access codes to enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi during their stay. In terms of communal areas, Nashville Downtown Hostel has a fully equipped kitchen which is great for cooking up pizzas, a music area, a laundry room, a computer space, and a lounge, so there are a lot of nice spaces to spend your down time at this Nashville hostel.

177 1st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201, Phone: 615-497-1208

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Best Nashville Hostels

Attraction Spotlight: Historic RCA Studio B

The Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville is a staple of the country music community worldwide. Guests, even those that don’t have a passion for country music, should stop by the studio and museum to pay homage to one of the places that changed the history of music.


The studio is currently the oldest recording studio still in operation in Nashville, Tennessee. Built in 1956 by Dan Maddox, it really hit its stride in the early to mid-1960s. It is credited as being the birthplace of what many called the “Nashville Sound,” a smoother and more sophisticated subgenre of country music. Numerous country music legends have recorded there. In fact, there is even a story about a time that Dolly Parton drove her car through the side of the studio and the damage is still partially visible to this day.

Permanent Attractions and Exhibits

Tickets to the museum along with the tour of the studio are available for purchase ahead of time via the website.

Besides the tour of the studio and museum, the attraction also has a variety of optional add-on activities and more in-depth tours. Below are some of the options:

- Star: Experience what it is like to be a star, even if just for the day (or the two hours the tour lasts). Starting on Music Row, tours start and Studio B and allow visitors the ability for the group to stand in front of the studio’s legendary microphone and even record with one of the professional sound engineers employed there. The tour will then progress into the museum and ends with optional line dancing and lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon. The song will even be playing over the sound system!

- Legends: Besides music, one of the other things that Nashville is known for is its cuisine. This tour experience starts with lunch, a Nashville classic called a “meat and three (sides),” while an accomplished songwriter sings and tells stories. A tour of the museum is also included.

- Cash: Who is more Nashville than Johnny Cash? This tour discusses the Nashville icon with none other than his own son, Johnny. Visitors can also ask him questions and finishes each hour-long experience with an autograph signing/meet and greet session.

- History: This -long tour tells the many stories that lie inside the studio, even allowing visitors to see some of the historic, original instruments used in the legendary recordings from famous artists like Elvis, Roy Orbison, and Dolly Parton.

- Get Inky: Starting at the Hatch Show Print’s legendary 135-year-old letterpress production shop, the tour teaches visitors about the history of the business as well as being able to see many of their iconic designs.

The museum offers a number of different exhibits as well, that show in the museum on a rotating basis. Check the website prior to a visit to see what is currently on display. The studio museum has previously offered exhibits on folk music, Bob Dylan, Shania Twain, and more.

Educational Opportunities

The studio and museum offer a wide variety of field trips and school programs for children from kindergarten through 12th grade. Classes with at least 10 children can contact the staff to schedule a visit, which are offered on weekdays. It is recommended that visits be scheduled at least a month in advance by calling or emailing.

There are four program options available: a guided tour of the highlights of the museum that lasts an hour and a half, a words & music tour that lasts two and a half hours, a dazzling designs tour that lasts two hours and fifteen minutes, and a “making waves” tour that lasts an hour. The highlights and the words tours can accept from 10 to 80 students, while the designs and waves tours can accept from 40 to 50 students maximum. Discounted admission is offered, and students from Davidson County can even get in for free. At least one adult chaperone must be present for every ten students.

Dining and Shopping

There are a few dining options for hungry visitors to the museum, like Red Onion (quick, cafe style food) and Bajo Sexto (a taqueria that also offers wine and beer). The museum store is one of the more unique gift shops in Nashville as well, due to its unique brand of country music gifts and memorabilia. They carry a line of items specific to their temporary exhibits, as well as a permanent selection of apparel, books, gifts, and music merchandise for visitors to help remember their visit with.

Historic RCA Studio B, 1611 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville, TN, 37246, Phone: 615-416-2001

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Attraction Spotlight: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

The Nashville Zoo first got its start in 1991 when it opened to the public in Cheatham County. The zoo took over management of the Grassmere property in 1996 after the Grassmere Wildlife Park closed. In 1998, the zoo in Cheatham County closed and the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere opened. Today, the Nashville Zoo houses over 2,248 animals of more than 353 species, including giraffes, alpaca, kangaroos, and zebra. In addition to the many animals that can be seen at the zoo, there are also several other attractions.

Built in 1810, the Grassmere Historic Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, open seasonally for guided tours, and is Grassmere Historic Farm's centerpiece. Tours are led by interpreters as they tell visitors about the property's history and stories from those who lived there. The Nashville Zoo's Jungle Gym offers guests a chance to prowl around like a tiger, run like a zebra, and swing like a gibbon. At 66,000 square feet, it's the country's largest community-built playground. The playground features super slides, a giant snake tunnel, swings, and a 35-foot tall tree house structure.

The Kangaroo Kickabout attraction at Nashville Zoo offers visitors a chance to enter a habitat of and interact with eighteen red kangaroos. Featuring 4,500 square feet of Australian landscaping, Kangaroo Kickabout lets guests choose to view the animals from outside the habitat or get up close to the kangaroos by walking along the winding path right through the middle of the exhibit. Visitors have to stay on the path, but the kangaroos are free to wander throughout the habitat.

Critter Encounters offers another way for visitors to get up close and personal to animals, such as taking a selfie with a camel or petting a goat. Some other critters guests can interact with are alpaca, an array of birds, and Galapagos tortoises. Lorikeet Landing provides an opportunity to walk through a stunning aviary that is home to over fifty free-flying colorful lorikeet parrots. For a small fee, visitors can also feed the parrots.

More tortoises can be seen at Shell Station in the Nashville Zoo. The habitat contains up to ten Sulcata tortoises, ranging from three to five years old. Visitors are able to walk within the exhibit and touch the shell of the tortoises. These creatures are natively found in North Africa's Sahara Desert, can live to be more than seventy years old, and are the world's third largest species of tortoise.

The Soaring Eagle Zip Line offers a more thrilling, adrenaline-pumping experience. One of the newest attractions at the zoo, the zip line sends rider over tree tops to catch a glimpse of giraffes, elephants, and more. Featuring the newest design for zip line rides, visitors can ride the zip line both ways and also with a friend. Soaring Eagle transports riders 110-feet high and several hundred yards backwards before it releases them on an exhilarating 28 mph trip back to the ground.

3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tennessee, Phone: 615-833-1534

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Venue Spotlight: Riverwood Mansion

Riverwood Mansion is a historic mansion in the heart of the artistic and creative East Nashville community that offers a range of flexible event space and all-inclusive packages. Warm and welcoming, Riverwood Mansion is set on eight acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, is surrounded by towering magnolia trees and features elegant marble fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, and breathtaking Greek Revival architecture. An on-site pavilion spanning 4,200 square feet can accommodate up to 300 guests for an outdoor ceremony or reception, while versatile interiors offer stylish backdrops for classically southern video shoots and photographic opportunities.

Amenities & Facilities

One of Nashville’s historical treasures, the Riverwood Mansion features beautifully manicured gardens and grounds, and a variety of flexible event spaces. Boasting lavish Southern-style décor, the mansion offers several areas that inspire classic romance and are perfect for both intimate ceremonies and grand receptions. Venues range from the historic hall and grand pavilion for indoor events to the lush gardens for more relaxed outdoor gatherings and romantic services, all of which boast spectacular views over the gardens and grounds. The deep columned porch of the mansion’s façade offers a quiet spot for reflective moments or beautiful photographic opportunities, and the 9,000 square foot mansion with its many rooms and an elegant staircase is perfect for grand galas and lavish receptions. A 4,200 square foot outdoor heated pavilion with custom-designed evening lighting can be used throughout the year for both ceremonies and receptions.

Additional Services

The Riverwood Mansion offers an array of other services with the rental of the venue, including a team of event planners and managers who will take care of every detail and a preferred list of vendors for catering and beverages, floral arrangements, décor, music and entertainment, wedding cakes, and more. Also included is the set-up and clean-up of the venue, specialized lighting and sound equipment, and valet parking.

1833 Welcome Ln, Nashville, TN 37216, Phone: 615-228-8892

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