Traveling to Banff and Canadian Rockies with a Toddler 0 942

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My wife and I love to travel. Every opportunity we get to leave our city, we take advantage. Whether it’s a short weekend trip, or a trip to Europe of South America, we’re always down! Now, I have to say that this was pre-baby, so we’ve slowed down a bit with long-range travel. While we haven’t been to Europe or South American since our little guy was born, we still think it’s important for children to not only become comfortable with the travel process, but as they get older exploring new, exciting cultures will be key to their development as good world citizens. While we haven’t traveled to foreign lands with him since he was born, he does get the opportunity to fly multiple times per year, so flying is nothing new to him.

Traveling to Banff and the Canadian Rockies has always been on our bucket list ever since we met ten-plus years ago. Living in Miami, we’ve always felt as if it was a bit of a challenge to get there, though. In hindsight, it’s safe to say that while our travel route was not the most direct and ideal, Banff and the Canadian Rockies are just as accessible as any of the other destinations we’ve traveled to.

Now, fast forward to traveling to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with a toddler and that shakes things up a bit. While the route is the same, there are certainly challenges along the way that parents should be aware of.

Most parents searching Google and travel forums for helpful tips and insight on whether traveling with a toddler to Banff and the Canadian Rockies will likely find similar answers. That yes, it is VERY common to see toddlers and small kids in this region of Canada and that it’s not a remote rural land. Of course, you can easily choose to trek in any direction in the mountains and be within miles of a major road or convenience, but that’s not the case with most travelers to the Banff area.

I’ll do my best to outline our route to Canada, as well as what you can take advantage of in Banff and the Canadian Rockies, and what might be best avoided.

Getting to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with a Toddler

As mentioned, we were flying from Miami, where we currently live. Based on our schedules, flying direct to Calgary was not an option, unfortunately. In the end, our route from Miami took us to Calgary by way of Denver. For anyone that has traveled with a toddler, you know all-too-well that the most direct, shortest route, WITHOUT a layover is ALWAYS best, but not always possible. In our case, we needed to stop in Denver. Let’s see how this goes.

Update! Read one of our latest posts about finding the right travel stroller that’s best for your style of travel!

Heading to the Plane

The flight from Miami to Denver was an early morning flight, so Little Guy slept the majority of the way. YAYY! Upon landing in Denver, the 3 hour nap had him all refreshed and ready to take on the day. Unfortunately, he didn’t know that he had to take another flight from Denver to Calgary. BOOO!

We did our best to distract him on the next leg of our journey, but with toddlers, your efforts are oftentimes futile. When they see something they want, or get an idea in their head, you can explain the negatives and why he or she cannot do something until you’re blue in the face, but that’s not gonna stop them or prevent a tantrum.

About an hour of the 2-plus hour flight was filled with my wife and I doing our best to distract and entertain him. The remaining time was spent walking up and down the aisle with him. He noticed the flight attendants doing so, so he figured he should be able to as well. Makes sense.

All-in-all, the journey to Calgary wasn’t too bad. A long trip with a toddler, but possible. In most cases, the older your toddler is the easier it should be because you can start to reason with them. In our case, our son was about 20 months old, so the ability to reason isn’t really there yet. If you have the opportunity and ability to keep the route as short as possible, this is highly recommended.

We Made it to Canada!

As with all international travel, you’ll need to pass through some gauntlet of border security before you can start to enjoy your trip. While on the airplane, you would have already filled out your declaration card, which will then be presented to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at various checkpoints throughout this process. From what I recall, there were two checkpoints. Expect this process to take at least an hour depending on how many other flights are arriving at the same time as your flight. All inbound international flights have to pass through the maze of CBSA fun.

Again, with a toddler, and as an adult, this is not a fun process, so expect to put on your smiling face with your toddler and do your best to entertain them in the oftentimes sterile border control environment. Don’t expect the border agents to crack a smiling or silly face at your kids either. These guys mean business.

After about an hour of slow-pace walking through the control line, we finally passed through border security and were allowed to collect our luggage at the carousel.

TIP: If you’ve checked larger items like a stroller or car seat, don’t expect it to come through the luggage carousel. We waited nearly 30 extra minutes before realizing that larger, over-sized items come through a different area, on the opposite side of the terminal. Hey, at least they weren’t lost.

After passing through CBSA and grabbing our bags it was time to grab our car. We’ve started to use Turo in some cities because it’s super cost effective. For those that don’t know, Turo is the AirBNB of car rentals. You can list your car on Turo to be rented by travelers. Conversely, you can rent from other car owners. Pretty much any type of car is available through Turo, and just like renting from a traditional agency, you can choose options and length of rental time. From what we’ve seen the cost can be dramatically lower. In our case, where we were renting a car for a full 7 days, the cost on Turo was about $150 compared to a traditional car rental agency where the average cost was closer to $350. No-brainer.

Let’s head to the Rockies!

What a Drive!

At this time, as you can imagine, everyone was a bit tired from traveling from the early morning hours. It was around mid-day when we arrived in Calgary, and our plan was to grab the car and continue on to our first destination: Canmore. Little Guy quickly feel asleep in the car which made the drive easy. From Calgary to Canmore the drive is just over an hour without traffic.

Canmore is a great alternative to staying in the town of Banff. Actually, in my opinion, it’s a bit more quaint and less touristy than Banff. You’ll be surrounded by the same views, so no loss there. Canmore is a surprisingly metropolitan town with a small town, rural feel to it. Plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained when not hiking or exploring.

Let’s Explore Canmore, Banff, and the Canadian Rockies with Our Toddler – The Fun Part!

Back home, we have plenty of baby and toddler equipment to fit just about every situation, landscape and terrain. When traveling, however, you need to do your best to pack as light as possible and only take what’s necessary. I did some research before the trip and found that most parents that visited Banff and the Canadian Rockies previously suggested to bring a small umbrella stroller, instead of a travel stroller like a Gracco or similar. We had planned to rent a hiking backpack (more on this later) to take along hikes, so figured any time we were strolling around town or on flat land we’d just use the umbrella stroller. This worked out well.

While the umbrella stroller is not the most comfortable to push around (I’m 6’2), it was lightweight and easily packed away when not needed.

After settling into our hotel in Canmore, we decided to grab some food in town, test out the hiking toddler carrier (more on this later), and plan to wake up early the next morning and head to Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake is located in the Lake Louise area, and about an hour drive from Canmore. From what I remember we woke up around 6AM to be there at 7AM. This worked out great. Traveling in June, you’re arriving just before peak summer season, so it’s best to be there early to beat the crowds, if possible. However, even though we weren’t in the thick of peak season, crowds still form at all major hikes and landmarks as the day goes on.

Moraine Lake with a Toddler and Small Children

Along the Moraine Lake Trail, Off of the Paved Portion

Arriving at Moraine Lake you’ll see a decent size parking lot just ahead of the entrance to the park. Parking was easy since we arrived early. We grabbed our cameras, Little Guy, and the hiking backpack. After loading my son in the carrier and strapping it to my back and quickly realized this was not going to be as easy as those amazing stock product images make it look. It’s VERY possible that I didn’t have the backpack adjusted correctly based on my measurements and my son’s, but it was immediately pulling on my shoulders. However, I wasn’t going to let a little discomfort distract me from these views…

At the top of Rockpile at Moraine Lake

We spent the morning hiking around Moraine Lake, which happened to be the highlight of our trip. So much so that we not only stopped their at the beginning of the trip, but made a second stop at the tail end as well. Truly amazing.

Hiking Moraine Lake with a toddler isn’t too bad. If you have a hiking backpack, you can hike the Rockpile Trail up to the peak to get an amazing view of the lake. The hike up wasn’t too bad considering this was my first time hiking with a toddler on my back. Oh, did I forget to mention this was my first time hiking with a toddler on my back?? Yes, it was.

If you’re like me, and jump at the chance to give your shoulders a break, you can hike the perimeter of the lake too. There are trails that make the walk easy. This is where you can let your toddler explore a bit more. There are some areas of rock piles and little streams that you’ll need to be aware of, but in general, the perimeter is a great way for your toddler or kids to burn off some energy.

Is Moraine Lake safe and a good hike with a toddler? In short, yes! Please don’t hesitate to visit this amazing lake.

Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake with Your Toddler

Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake with Your Toddler
Two Jack Lake and Serenity

The next day we woke up early again (we’re early risers) and decided to drive down to Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake are part of the same lake system, and along the same road. Both area about 20 minutes or so from Canmore, just off of the Trans-Canada Highway, which makes it very accessible.

This is an easy ride from both Banff and Canmore, and there’s plenty of space for you to let your toddler roam a bit. There’s a lake (obviously), some picnic tables, and camping nearby at Two Jake Lake. After another attempt at setting up my hiking backpack, we head out for the day.

The sun was just coming over the mountains when we made it to Two Jack Lake, so this made for an amazing landscape. Take advantage of the peaceful surroundings and, if you’re there early enough, no crowds. We were able to take advantage of being alone on the lake for about an hour. This meant just listing to the wilderness around you and the sound of your son throwing little pebbles into the lake.

At Lake Minnewanka there’s a bit more space for your toddler and kids to run free. As with many of lakes, there are some small steps or ridges down to the lake in some areas, but these are easily noticable and shouldn’t take you by suprise.

Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake with Your Toddler
Exploring Lake Lake Minnewanka

There’s plenty of land for your toddler and kids to run around, pile small rocks, climp on broken tree branches, and get close to the lake.

Is Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake a good hike and trip with a toddler? Yes! Don’t hesitate to visit.

Johnston Canyon with a Toddler

Johnston Canyon with a toddler can be a bit tricky. For most of the trail you’re walking along a catwalk style trail. Heading up the trail, the mountain is on your left, and the canyon is on your right. The canyon below is steep, so I would definitely keep kids in close sight, and if you have a toddler, it’s best to keep them in your hiking backpack if you have one. In our case, Little Guy was getting a bit frustrated being trapped in the backpack for hours on end, understandably. After letting him out on the trail, he would stop to pick up rocks along the way. Normally, this wouldn’t be such a bad idea but the trail (in some areas) is a bit tight, meaning that other hikers need to squeeze by in order to pass. When a toddler stops along the way to pick up rocks, this can create a bit of a bottleneck.

Johnston Canyon with a Toddler
Notice the Tight Trail. One Side River, One Side Cliff.

From what I recall we were at Johnston Canyon around mid-day. There were crowds and the parking lot was full at this time. While we managed to snag a spot, we were met with large crowds after entering the park. Again, since the trail can be a bit tight in some areas, it seems a bit more crowded than it actually is since we’re all jammed into tight spaces together.

Tip! Head to Johnston Canyon as early as possible to try and beat the crowds and make finding parking a bit easier.

Can you hike Johnston Canyon with a toddler and small kids? Yes, but be hyper-aware of your surroundings and know that crowds may make things a bit more challenging.

Hiking Lake Louise with a Toddler

Lake Louise is set in the background of the amazing hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. There are separate parking lots for those just visiting the lake versus those staying at the hotel. The visitor lots fills up quickly, so get there early. If the lot fills up, you’ll need to backtrack along the highway (a few miles) to another lot where shuttles will shuffle you back to the lake. Luckily we arrived very early and were one of the first to arrive.

Upon walking up to the lake you have the hotel on your right and the lake ahead on the left. It’s very impressive and serene early in the morning. We were lucky enough to catch a few wedding photo sessions taking place prior to the crows arriving.

Hiking Lake Louise with a Toddler
The Front of Lake Louise.

Lake Louise is a great place to allow your toddler and kids to walk freely. Like most of the great attractions in the area, there is likely a nearby lake to be aware of.

When most travel to Banff and the Canadian Rockies they pray to see a bear. They also pray to NOT see one on their hiking trail. We were lucky enough to stumble up this mamma grizzly bear and her two cubs looking for food on the hotel property grass. A very unexpected place, but amazing still. Remember, while this hotel is here for over 100 years, it was still built on their land. So this is their backyard, not ours.

Hiking Lake Louise with a Toddler
Mamma Bear and Two Little Cubs Having Breakfast.

For the most part, there’s a paved path that takes you around the lake at Lake Louise. So, if you have a stroller, this is a good time to give your shoulders a rest if your toddler is not into walking around at this point.

Is Lake Louise a good hike and destination with toddlers? Yes, but keep an eye out for bears =)

Peyto Lake Hiking with Toddlers and Small Children

Peyto Lake is a relatively easy hike with a toddler. In our case, Little Guy was in the hiking backpack for 75% of the hike. The trail is paved from the parking lot to the top of the trail, so if you have a stroller, this is a good hike to bring it. When he wasn’t in the backpack he was finding little rocks and sticks to play with. Toddlers are easily distracted, so expect the pace to be slowed to a crawl at points.

Most of the trail is uphill and it’s a short hike. I believe it takes about 15 minutes or so to get to the top to view Peyto Lake if your little one is not walking on their own.

Is Peyto Lake as blue as it seems in pictures? Yes, see for yourself!

Peyto Lake Hiking with Toddlers and Small Children
As Blue as the Sky Above. View from Trail Viewing Area.

As with most popular trails this time of year, expect there to be crowds. Heading up the trail wasn’t too bad, but once you reach the top space is limited, so crowds form. You’ll have the ability to stand on top of wooden decking as part of the viewpoint, as well as venture a bit off trail to get close to the edge of the mountain. It goes without saying that you should stick to the marked trail if you have small kids and toddlers for safety reasons. If you do venture off a bit, be sure to keep at least one hand on them at all time if there not tucked away in your hiking backpack.

Peyto Lake Hiking with Toddlers and Small Children
A Look at the “Off-Trail” Viewing Point

Is Peyto Lake a good hike with toddlers and small kids? Yes, but get there early to avoid crowds.

The Lake Louise Gondola – Great for Toddlers and Small Kids

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The Lake Louis Gondola is a really cool experience. During summer months, the park is transformed from a ski resort to a great place to ride a gondola up the mountain and get amazing views of the Rockies from 180 degrees.

Tip: My wife was able to score a Groupon for breakfast and the gondola ride for a steep discount which made it even more attractive!

We arrived early. In fact, we were the ONLY ones there and thought that the park might have been closed for the day. After confirming they were open, we parked in the first spot and head into the lobby.

After checking in and grabbing our gondola lift tickets we strolled down to the lift. We were greeted by staff and climbed aboard an enclosed gondola. If you’re without small kids you have the option to either choose an enclosed gondola or a more traditional open ski lift.

The ride up on the gondola was about 10 minutes. It’s common to spot bears and other cool wildlife while heading up the mountain during this time of year, but unfortunately, we didn’t spot any.

At the top of the mountain you disembark the gondola then head down to the viewing area where you get an amazing view of the Rockies. There’s chairs for you to relax. Even small chairs for those little ones which was really cute.

The Lake Louise Gondola - Great for Toddlers and Small Kids
View from Lake Louise Gondola.

The viewing area is small, but we were the only ones there which made it really enjoyable. While there’s space for little ones to walk around, there’s not much to explore once you leave the viewing area. Outside of the viewing area I would say that you should keep a close eye on your toddler since there’s some roped-off areas that aren’t meant to be walked on. Remember, this is a ski resort for a large part of the year, so expect slopes and steep incline/declines.

Overall the Lake Louise Gondola was a great experience, so don’t hesitate to take your little ones. The buffet breakfast wasn’t too bad either!

Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, spanning 4,200 sq mi. It’s located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton. As part of our trip from Lake Louise, we planned on spending a few nights inside Jasper. Getting to Jasper is part of the fun. From Lake Louise or Banff, you’ll head north on the Icefields Parkway. The town of Jasper is about 4 hours from the town of Banff, but the views you see along the way is what makes the trip so special.

Maligne Canyon Loop Trail

Maligne Canyon Loop Trail was one of our favorites, but you have to keep a close eye on the little ones. Along the loop trail, you’ll notice that there’s fencing in between the trail and the canyon below. However, we noticed a few holes throughout our trek. So be careful.

Aside from the holes in the fencing that a small person can slip through, there trail isn’t paved like many other hiking trails on our trip. Most of the trail is a mix of either dirt trail with random rocks, or steps made out of stone, which can be challenging for anyone at times. Especially after rain or snow when the trail is a bit more slippery.

If you’re planning on hitting up Maligne Lake Trail, I would recommend keeping your little one in the hiking backpack as much as possible.

Thinking About Taking a Toddler or Small Child to Banff and the Canadian Rockies? Don’t Hesitate. Go!

As with all travel with a toddler, baby, or small child, you need to be prepared. Heading to the grocery store with your little one in your local area can be challenging at times. As we always says, “it’s all an adventure”. Knowing where and when to go to Banff and the Canadian Rockies is key. Plan accordingly and you’ll be just fine. Like us, you’ll stay away from the more challenging hikes. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the major sites and viewpoints. There are no shortage of those. While we were able to check-off Banff and the Canadian Rockies from our bucket list, we plan to go back again someday.

Here are some additional resources for those traveling to the Banff / Lake Louise / Jasper areas with little kids that you might find helpful:

Canadian Rockies forum on TripAdvisor

Banff National Park forum on TripAdvisor

AllTrails – a great resource for finding hikes that best fit your abilities

If you have tips or recommendations for parents traveling to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with toddlers and small children, please leave a comment below. We appreciate it!

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Where to Stay in Mexico City: Top 5 Neighborhoods in Mexico City 0 113

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Mexico City is a vibrant and culturally rich city with a variety of neighborhoods to explore. However, choosing where to stay in Mexico City can be quite challenging if you aren’t familiar with each of the various neighborhoods. Here are some of the best neighborhoods in Mexico City, each with its own unique character and charm

Condesa, Mexico City

La Condesa is a trendy neighborhood located in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City. It is known for its bohemian atmosphere, lively nightlife, and distinctive Art Deco architecture.

The Condesa neighborhood was developed in the 1920s as a residential area for the city’s upper class. It was designed by some of Mexico’s most prominent architects, and many of the buildings feature intricate details and decorative motifs that are characteristic of the Art Deco style.

One of the most iconic landmarks in La Condesa is Parque México, one of the largest parks in Mexico City and was designed by landscape architect Carlos Thays. The park is home to a wide variety of trees and plants, as well as a pond and fountain. It is a popular spot for locals to go for a stroll, have a picnic, or relax in the shade on a hot day.

The Condesa neighborhood is also home to numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes that cater to a variety of tastes. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Mexican cuisine, international fare, or vegetarian options, you’ll be able to find something to satisfy your cravings. Many of these establishments have outdoor seating, which is perfect for enjoying a meal or drink al fresco.

In addition to its culinary offerings, La Condesa is also known for its vibrant nightlife. The neighborhood is home to a number of clubs and bars that stay open late and offer a variety of music and entertainment. There’s always something going on in La Condesa, whether it’s live music, DJs, or comedy shows.

Despite its reputation as a party destination, La Condesa is also a residential neighborhood and is home to a diverse mix of people. You’ll find families, young professionals, artists, and students all living and interacting in this vibrant part of the city.

Overall, La Condesa is a lively and exciting place to visit or live. Its Art Deco architecture, diverse dining scene, and vibrant nightlife make it a must-see destination in Mexico City.Regenerate response

Roma, Mexico City

Roma is a neighborhood in Mexico City known for its bohemian atmosphere, historic architecture, and cultural diversity. Located in the city’s Cuauhtémoc borough, Roma is home to a mix of artists, intellectuals, and young professionals who have helped to shape the neighborhood’s vibrant and eclectic culture.

One of the most notable features of Roma is its architecture, which is a blend of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Neoclassical styles. Many of the buildings in Roma were constructed in the early 20th century and have been beautifully preserved, giving the neighborhood a distinct character and charm. The neighborhood is also home to several cultural landmarks, including the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, a former tobacco factory that has been converted into a contemporary art and performance space, and the Monumento a la Revolución, a iconic landmark that commemorates the Mexican Revolution.

In recent years, Roma has become known for its thriving arts and food scenes. The neighborhood is home to a number of independent galleries, studios, and performance spaces, as well as a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars that serve a range of international cuisines. There are also a number of street markets and artisanal shops selling handmade crafts, jewelry, and other locally-made products.

Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Roma remains a residential neighborhood, with a mix of residential buildings, apartments, and houses. The neighborhood is known for its tree-lined streets and leafy parks, which provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Overall, Roma is a vibrant and dynamic neighborhood that has something to offer for everyone. Whether you’re interested in art, music, food, or simply want to experience a different side of Mexico City, Roma is definitely worth a visit.

Polanco, Mexico City

Polanco is a fashionable and upscale neighborhood located in the Miguel Hidalgo borough of Mexico City. It is known for its wide tree-lined streets, beautiful mansions and embassies, as well as its many high-end boutiques, restaurants, and cultural centers.

The neighborhood takes its name from Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, a Mexican writer and politician who was known by the pseudonym “Polanco.” The area was originally developed in the 1940s and 1950s as a residential neighborhood for the city’s wealthy and elite. Today, it is still considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, and is home to many of Mexico’s most successful businesspeople, politicians, and celebrities.

One of the main attractions of Polanco is its shopping district, which is filled with designer stores, upscale boutiques, and international brands. The neighborhood is also home to several museums, including the Museo de Arte Moderno and the Museo Rufino Tamayo, which feature contemporary and modern art from Mexico and around the world.

In addition to its cultural attractions, Polanco is known for its dining scene, which offers a wide range of cuisines from around the world. The neighborhood is home to many fine dining restaurants, as well as more casual dining options. There are also numerous cafes, bakeries, and bars located throughout the neighborhood.

Despite its reputation as a wealthy and exclusive area, Polanco is also home to a diverse population, including many students and young professionals. The neighborhood is well-connected to the rest of the city by public transportation, with several Metro stations located nearby.

Overall, Polanco is a vibrant and lively neighborhood that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in shopping, dining, or cultural attractions, there is always something going on in this trendy and upscale part of Mexico City.

Coyoacán, Mexico City

Coyoacán is a historic neighborhood located in the southern part of Mexico City. It is known for its cultural and artistic significance, as well as its bohemian atmosphere. The neighborhood takes its name from the Nahuatl word “coyohuacan,” which means “place of coyotes.” It has a rich history dating back to pre-Columbian times, and has been home to many notable figures throughout Mexican history.

One of the most famous landmarks in Coyoacán is the Frida Kahlo Museum, also known as the Blue House. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist and activist who was born and raised in Coyoacán. The museum, which is located in Kahlo’s childhood home, contains a collection of her artwork, personal belongings, and photographs. It is a popular tourist destination and a must-see for anyone interested in Kahlo’s life and work.

In addition to the Blue House, Coyoacán is also home to several other museums and cultural attractions. The Leon Trotsky Museum, for example, is located in the house where Trotsky lived and was assassinated in 1940. The museum contains artifacts from Trotsky’s life and documents his role in the Russian Revolution. The Coyoacán Cultural Center, located in the former San Juan de Dios Hospital, is another notable attraction in the neighborhood. It hosts a variety of cultural events and exhibitions throughout the year.

Coyoacán is also home to a number of parks and green spaces, including the Jardín Centenario and the Parque Hidalgo. The Jardín Centenario is a small park located in the center of the neighborhood, and is a popular spot for locals to relax and socialize. The Parque Hidalgo, on the other hand, is a larger park located on the edge of the neighborhood. It is home to a number of sporting facilities, as well as a large pond and a playground.

In addition to its cultural and historical attractions, Coyoacán is also known for its vibrant nightlife and lively street scene. The neighborhood is home to a number of bars, clubs, and restaurants, and is popular with both locals and tourists. Many of the bars and clubs in Coyoacán have a laid-back, bohemian vibe, and are known for their live music and dancing.

Overall, Coyoacán is a vibrant and fascinating neighborhood with a rich history and culture. It is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Mexican art, history, and culture, and is a great place to explore on foot or by bike.

La Condesa, Mexico City

La Condesa is a vibrant and fashionable neighborhood located in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City. It is known for its tree-lined streets, art deco buildings, and bohemian atmosphere.

The neighborhood was founded in the 1920s as a residential area for the upper-middle class. It was designed by French urban planner Henri Horn, who incorporated elements of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles in the architecture. Today, many of these buildings have been restored and are protected as historic landmarks.

La Condesa is home to a diverse population, with a mix of young professionals, artists, and students. It is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, with a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops to explore. The neighborhood is also home to several parks, including the large Parque México, which is a popular spot for jogging, picnics, and outdoor concerts.

One of the main draws of La Condesa is its vibrant nightlife scene. There are numerous bars, clubs, and music venues to choose from, with a mix of live music and DJ sets. The neighborhood is also home to a number of art galleries and cultural centers, such as the Museo Tamayo and the Centro Cultural de España en México.

In terms of dining, La Condesa has something for everyone. There are a wide range of restaurants to choose from, serving everything from traditional Mexican cuisine to international fare. Many of the restaurants have outdoor seating, making it a great place to sit and people-watch while enjoying a meal.

Despite its popularity, La Condesa has managed to maintain a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere. It is a great place to spend a day or evening exploring the streets, trying out different restaurants and bars, and soaking up the local culture. Whether you’re a tourist or a resident of Mexico City, La Condesa is a must-visit neighborhood.

Where to Stay in Nashville: For Music, Food, Parties, Families, and more! 0 215

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For the best areas to stay in Nashville, look no further than the neighborhoods around Downtown, East Nashville, The Gulch, The West End, Midtown, Hillsboro Village and Germantown. These are the best parts of Nashville to book your accommodations! In this article I will help you decide where to stay in Nashville for tourist without a car, nightlife and safe places to stay in Nashville.

Nashville, Tennessee, nicknamed “Music City USA,” is the capital and most populous city in the state. An incredibly popular destination, it offers so much variety that everyone will be sure to find something entertaining.

Nashville is generally a safe city for tourists. But watch out for muggers and pickpockets in dark alleys downtown, around the Parthenon in Centennial Park and near recording studios in the Gulch. The safest neighborhoods are Downtown, Midtown, the Gulch, Music Valley and West End—all areas that are always filled with tourists.

Downtown Nashville

Downtown is one of the best place to stay in Nashville for first-time visitors, as it is close to most of the city’s famous attractions and has many options in terms of accommodations. If you book hotels in this area, you will be right in the heart of action with many bars, restaurants, and shops right at your doorsteps.

Looking east along Broadway

Downtown is a haven for nightlife. With great music venues, restaurants, bars and hotels—and even more places to visit—it’s a great place to go out with friends and make some memories. If you’re planning a bachelor or bachelorette party, you can bet there will be plenty of places to party.

Downtown Nashville Highlights

  • Fill your days with live music and history. At the Ryman Auditorium, you can see performances by the likes of Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.
  • Visit the Tennessee State Museum to learn about the state’s rich past and diverse culture.
  • Grab a drink at Robert’s Western World, where live country music is always playing.
  • If you love African American music or want to learn more about it, visit the National Museum of African American Music or take in a show at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.
  • Learn about Tennessee’s history at the state capitol—and explore its beautiful grounds—on a guided tour.
  • If you enjoy art, head over to the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum or wander through Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

For Nightlife in Nashville, Check out the SoBro District

The SoBro district, or South of Broadway, is one of the hippest areas in downtown Nashville. There are lots of honky-tonks and neon lights, as well as hip bars, nightclubs, pubs, restaurants, and a trendy music scene.

SoBro is a great place to stay for music lovers, party-goers and bachelor & bachelorette parties. Etch, The FarmHouse, Husk and Merchants are great restaurants, while Robert’s Western World, AJ’s Good Time Bar and Barlines are some of the bars you will find at Omni Nashville Hotel.

Bridgestone Arena is conveniently located a block from Broadway in the SoBro District

The SoBro neighborhood is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Founded in 1967, the museum is one of the world’s largest music museums and research centers, containing one of the most extensive music collections.

Just to the west of SoBro is the Music City Center, the largest convention center in the city. It hosts all manner of conventions throughout the year, making it a convenient place to stay for anyone attending one.

In the south of SoBro is the CMA Theater. It is operated by the Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum and linked to it, giving you an incredible opportunity to catch a performance in one of the world’s most iconic locations for country music while visiting SoBro.

One of the city’s most celebrated attractions, the Nashville Symphony is home to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. While downtown and the rest of the city is primarily known for its country music scene, this gives you a chance to see musicians of another genre perform while you’re in Music City.

Walk Of Fame Park is one of the best places in SoBro to take a leisurely stroll. With beautiful gardens and star-studded pavements—think Hollywood—it’s a great place to enjoy both nature and memorials to some of Nashville’s favorite musical legends.

SoBro Highlights – Perfect for First Timers in Nashville

  • If you’re in the mood for Southern comfort food, head to Merchants Restaurant.
  • For a crash course on the history of American music, visit The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • At The Listening Room Café, you can enjoy great food along with great music.
  • Learn more about Johnny Cash at the Johnny Cash Museum; then grab a drink at Rippy’s Bar & Grill and enjoy incredible views from their rooftop patio.
  • Cheer on the Nashville Predators hockey team at Bridgestone Arena.
  • If you’re looking for nonstop live music and dancing, stop by Honky Tonk Central bar.

The Gulch Nashville: Trendy and up and coming, with luxury hotels and plenty to do!

The Gulch, one of Downtown’s LEED-certified neighborhoods, is bordered to the east by SoBro, to the south and west by the I-40, and to the north by Broadway and the rest of Downtown. The Gulch is an up-and-coming neighborhood that has been undergoing revitalization since 2006.

The Gulch is home to some of Nashville’s most historic and popular music venues. The Station Inn, Mercy Lounge, and High Watt give music fans a chance to watch performances in iconic surroundings with the world’s best bluegrass, classic country, Americana, and roots music.

The Gulch also boasts one of the city’s most historic hotels, the Union Station Hotel. This former railroad terminal opened in 1900 and has been converted into a luxury hotel. You can stay right in the heart of Nashville surrounded by both quality and history.

Highlights of The Gulch

  • If you like beer, try the Flying Saucer.
  • For great views of Nashville, go to The Centennial Park and Up Rooftop Lounge.
  • If you like antiques, visit the Downtown Antique Mall.
  • If you want good bluegrass music, go to The Station Inn.
  • If you want local brews, visit Yazoo Brewing Company or Jackalope Brewing Company.
  • If you like BBQ, try Peg Leg Porker.
  • If you want to see exhibits and artwork, go to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

For a Young Vibe, try the The West End and Midtown

The Midtown and West End neighborhoods are located southwest of Downtown, with Broadway concluding in the eastern side of Midtown. The neighborhoods are home to Vanderbilt University and Belmont University.

The main attraction in Midtown & West End is Centennial Park, which is also home to the Nashville Farmers Market. Covering 132 acres, the park has been transformed from farmlands to wide open green spaces for the public, full of beauty spots and historical monuments.

Where to Stay in Nashville with Kids

When visiting Nashville as a family, it’s best to stay in a nice, calm neighborhood that’s close to all the major attractions. The West End neighborhood is perfect for this purpose. It has several advantages over other popular areas of town: it’s quieter than Midtown and Downtown, more affordable than those areas, and hosts activities for kids at The Parthenon.

What to Do in Nashville with Kids

  • The Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Nashville’s Adventure Science Center
  • The Nashville Zoo
  • Explore the Outdoors in Nashville!

Nashville on a Budget: Best Places / Neighborhoods to Stay

If you want to enjoy all Nashville has to offer at a budget price, consider staying in East Nashville (which is across the Cumberland River from downtown). It’s not the best part of town in terms of accommodations and attractions, but it makes up for this deficit by being one of the most affordable places to stay in or around the city. You won’t find many tourist amenities here, but that’s okay because you can go restaurant hopping with their numerous low-budget eateries where you can have some real fun! This restaurant is a local hot spot famous for its amazing Mexican food with a wide selection of tacos.

West End is another area of Nashville that offers affordable lodging. The area has numerous options for you to choose from, making it easy to plan a budget-friendly trip. It’s relatively easy to get to Midtown from West End by taking a taxi, which allows you to enjoy the entertainment district attractions without having to stretch your wallet thin by staying there. West End also has amazing affordable restaurants like McDougal’s Chicken Fingers & Wings. This comfort food spot offers you great deals on southern specials whether it is breakfast or your main meal. The best part is that they also throw in some free ice cream with every meal.

For Live Music

Friday and Saturday nights, Lower Broadway has a party atmosphere with patrons spilling out of its bars.

Celebrities own some of the newer bars on Broadway but there are also traditional honky tonks such as Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World.

Just north of Broadway is the acoustically acclaimed Ryman Auditorium which hosts up-and-coming bands and big-name acts across musical genres. Printer’s Alley is a fun downtown nook to explore with its twinkling lights.

For History Buffs

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Nashville’s rich musical heritage. After checking out the informative exhibits, you’ll see why the city is nicknamed Music City. The museum building is also home to Hatch Show Print, a long-running print shop known for its iconic woodblock concert posters.

Across the street, Walk of Fame Park honors top performers. Johnny Cash takes the spotlight at his namesake museum a block and a half from Walk of Fame Park.

Stretch your legs on the John Siegenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses the Cumberland River. This pretty span honors a former editor of the Tennessean, who was a champion of civil rights during his career in journalism.

For Couples Looking to Get Away

Centennial Park, named for the state’s centennial anniversary and host to the World’s Fair in 1897, is a beautiful spot for a romantic stroll. The Parthenon replica, built during the fair, still stands. Dolly Parton recorded one of the world’s greatest love songs, “I Will Always Love You,” in 1973 inside RCA Studio B, a historic recording studio open for tours on Music Row. Wander Hillsboro Village’s shops and explore nearby Belmont University’s campus home to a small museum spotlighting rare guitars. The cool confines of the Patterson House are an intimate setting for a craft cocktail. Settle in at Catbird Seat for an innovative multicourse dinner.

For Bachelors and Bachelorettes

On weekends, many revelers head to Lower Broadway, a neighborhood known for its music. Live music and booze can be found at honky-tonks around the neighborhood. Musicians Kid Rock, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan recently opened bars in Lower Broad which has amplified the party vibe. Another hotspot is Acme Feed & Seed, a riverside bar and restaurant known for its open-air decks and city views. City Winery and several craft breweries offer tastings in the industrial fringes of the neighborhood. A Top Golf driving range is a short drive north of the neighborhood. Bloody Mary brunches at restaurants in and around SoBro are perfect for nursing hangovers or continuing the party.

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