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Frommer's lists exact prices in the local currency. The currency conversions quoted above were correct at press time. However, rates fluctuate, so before departing consult a currency exchange website such as www.oanda.com/convert/classic to check up-to-the-minute rates.

It's always advisable to bring money in a variety of forms on a vacation: a mix of cash and credit cards. You should also exchange enough petty cash to cover airport incidentals, tipping, and transportation to your hotel before you leave home, or withdraw money upon arrival at an airport ATM.

Nashville and Memphis are moderately priced, compared with larger U.S. cities such as New York and Atlanta. While rapid growth and developments caused costs for downtown parking, hotels, and restaurants to spike in both cities in recent years, the recent U.S. economic recession has led many of these destinations to offer discounted rates or added perks to entice travelers.

ATMs are prevalent in Nashville and Memphis. Debit cards are widely accepted.

Nashville on the Rise -- For the past few years, Nashville has been awash in ambitious new construction projects. With the recent downturn in the U.S. economy, however, some of those projects have stalled. As of late 2009, among the skyscraper survivors are:

  • The Encore, an $80-million residential and retail high-rise, at Third Avenue and Demonbreun
  • The Pinnacle, a $110-million, 35-story residential building, between Second and Third avenues.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.