Everybody loves a bargain, especially when it comes to traveling with family—the cost of hotels, dining and activities can really add up quickly! The good news: if you travel with a keen eye and pay attention to packages and deals, you won’t have to sacrifice important amenities or lose that ineffable look of wonder on your kids’ faces. We’ve rounded up 10 places where you’ll get the biggest bang for your buck, so flip through the album below to see them all.

Sing Out Loud in Nashville, Tn

Head to Music City for a world-class cultural trip.

What to Do
Tucked in the Northeast hills of Nashville, sits Beaman Park, a perfect spot for some nature-filled hiking. Check out the Parthenon at Centennial Park, the First Center for the Visual Arts with hands-on crafts and specialty classes, Adventure Science Center, Wave Country, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the Tennessee State Museum.

And, of course, no visit to Nashville is complete without a full immersion into the music culture. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame—there’s a musical "petting zoo," the Nashville Symphony, the Johnny Cash Museum and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum’s GRAMMY Museum Gallery. And, why not check out Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry where country music stars have performed throughout history? The budding musical artists in your family will geek out here for sure.

Where to Stay
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown is located in the popular and walkable neighborhood The Gulch, between Music Row and downtown Nashville. This property has free breakfast, WiFi, and a fitness center. On the rooftop, you’ll enjoy excellent views and be able to hear live jazz and blues music waft up from the streets below. If you have Marriott Reward points, use them here.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown
901 Division St.
Nashville, Tn 37203
Online: marriott.com/hotels/travel/nashville-downtown-the-gulch/

If You Want to Splurge
Located in The Gulch, in downtown Nashville, sits the Thompson Hotel. If you want to expose your family to Music City’s spectacular music scene and fun people watching, this boutique hotel is the spot. Riverfront Park and the Cumberland River, as well as Music City Center are nearby. Everyone will enjoy exploring the neighborhood on foot and feeling this electric and eclectic city first-hand. The Rise and Dine package includes accommodations, complimentary parking and a $50 Marsh House (check out Marsh Houses’ cheesecake popsicle!) dining credit for breakfast.

Thompson Hotel
401 11th Ave. S
Nashville, Tn 37203
Online: thompsonhotels.com/hotels/nashville  

photo: Adam Simmons via Flickr


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— Wendy Altschuler