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Nashville

Come for the famed country music — stay for the tasty cuisine and vibrant honky tonk bar scene.

Our most recommended things to do in Nashville

Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

1. Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Journey through Nashville's top sights with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. View sights like the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Blue Bird Café. Head through 'The District,' a downtown area featuring opportunities for world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to view popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon, and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall. More than just a sightseeing tour, it's a fun and educational adventure as your trolley conductor provides an entertaining narration that includes little known facts and behind-the-scenes tips. Avoid city traffic and costly parking with an option that leaves you free to concentrate on taking in the sights. When you're finished, just hop aboard the next Old Town Trolley to continue discovering all that Nashville has to offer. A combination of transportation and entertainment, the Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the city. Offering 13 convenient stops: 1) Lower Broadway 2) 116 5th Ave N: Ryman Auditorium 3) 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S: Country Music Hall of Fame 4) 301 6th Ave N, War Memorial/TPAC5) 401 Gay St: Musicians Hall of Fame 6) 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd: Farmers’ Market 7) Capitol View 8) 1305 Clinton St STE 100: Marathon Village9) 2500 West End Ave, Centennial Park 10) Midtown11) 1901 15th Ave S: Belmont Mansion12) The Gulch 13) 1001 Broadway: Union Station

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

2. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

Complete your visit to the Music City with a visit to Country Music's most famous stage, the Grand Ole Opry House. This iconic live performance and radio broadcast brings rising stars, superstars, and country legends together on stage every week, along with great bluegrass, family-friendly comedy, and more. Opry shows are never rehearsed, and never the same show twice. Experience all different shades of Country, Western, and Americana music in one night as you go on a musical journey. This is a can’t-miss experience for fans of all ages. Select your seating area at the time of purchase and enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville: Double-Decker City Tour

3. Nashville: Double-Decker City Tour

See the best of Music City on a double-decker tour bus. Ride in a loop around the heart of Nashville as your guide showcases some of the city's best features. Hop aboard a double-decker tour taking you past the city's most visually interesting spots in just 1 hour, making it perfect for busy schedules. Highlighting over 100 points of interest, this excursion is led by fun, informative drivers and guides. Start from the Court of Flags as your tour heads around Nissan Stadium, and up to the Parthenon at Centennial Par. It then progresses back by the State Capitol and down Lower Broadway. See sights along the way including the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the stately and impressive Vanderbilt University. You'll also encounter a colorful and lively farmers market, as well as the Grammy Museum Gallery.

Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

4. Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After entering through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, head into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Explore an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions, chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walkthrough of the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. Upgrade to the Hatch Experience to go behind the scenes at Hatch Show Print. Learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run, and see 150 years worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster!

Nashville: Pontoon Party Cruise with a Captain

5. Nashville: Pontoon Party Cruise with a Captain

Travel down the Cumberland River on a 2-hour pontoon cruise designed for you to have fun whilst enjoying the sights of Nashville. Relax on board in the care of your licensed captain as you drink, dance, and listen to music in a fun party atmosphere. Be greeted by your licensed USCG Captain and Deckhand who will help you aboard and ice down your drinks while you settle in the Pontoon Saloon in preparation for the scheduled cruise departure. Once boarded, the famous Nashville river cruise will begin its traditional guided party experience alongside its distinguished crew. The Honky Tonk on the water is amplified by your Deckhand bringing hit tunes, entertainment, and engaging games that bring the crowd together on the dance floor. Enjoy 2 hours in a safe and fun bar-style atmosphere while mingling, dancing, boozing, and taking in views only available aboard the River Cruise pontoon. Choose from a morning, Mimosa, or afternoon tour that best suites your schedule.

Nashville: Homes of the Stars Narrated Bus Tour

6. Nashville: Homes of the Stars Narrated Bus Tour

Nashville is known as the music center of America and on this tour, you will see the homes of the city’s biggest stars. Drive through some of the most beautiful areas of Tennessee to view the majestic homes of such legends as Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Dunn, Garth. You will pass the homes of Dierks Bentley, Caleb and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon, , Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Martina McBride, Ronnie Milsap and many more. Hope that one of the legends of the Nashville music scene jumps on board, just as they have been known to do before. On this remarkable tour you will quickly see why so many stars call Nashville home and learn why it became the music capital of America.

Nashville: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

7. Nashville: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

We generally start the tour in the historic Printers Alley at a bar called Alley Taps. Find out about how the building was established in 1895. Here you'll try custom Nashville Craft Beers. Next, go down to famous Broadway and hit up some great and off the beaten path honky-tonks where you will have some local craft cocktails and enjoy some live music! You will have a tour guide that will guide you and help you along the way. Lastly, end the tour by receiving your killer fanny pack for you to take home with you.

Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

8. Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

Take a night tour to discover insider stories and intriguing facts about Nashville’s music heritage. Ride through the city in a climate-controlled coach and learn facinating facts about the city's musical history from your guide. Hop aboard the bus to explore the city’s current music scene. Learn about the people, places, and events that gave Nashville its reputation as Music City. The trolley tour passes Music Row, the Ryman Auditorium, Elliston Place, and the historic Jefferson Street. Listen to the history of the city’s rhythm and blues heritage, its honky-tonks, and its famous music venues. Discover the people that contributed to Nashville’s iconic music scene while taking in the stunning sights of this vibrant city.

Nashville: Downtown Helicopter Tour

9. Nashville: Downtown Helicopter Tour

Make your trip to Nashville truly memorable with a helicopter flight over the city's rapidly-growing skyline. Sit back in comfortable leather seats and take in the views. Choose from 2 different options and admire the skyline of 'Music City' and the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee. Fly over the Parthenon at Centennial Park, the state capitol building, and look straight down at the 50-yard line of the Nissan Stadium. Take in views of the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the AT&T building, and more. Make your way downtown along Broadway, hovering lower than the tops of the buildings. See if you can spot the legendary Tootsies Lounge from this unique vantage point. Upgrade your experience and sip on champagne with a luxurious VIP helicopter experience.

Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

10. Nashville: RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Combo

Step back in time to share the room with your favorite musicians and go behind the scenes of the most famous recording sessions in country music history. Check in at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and be assigned your tour time of RCA Studio B. Hop on a bus there with your guide, then learn about Dolly's "first big break", a fateful Christmas recording session with Elvis, and much more. Stand in the room and feel the magic as famous songs pump through the speakers. After your guided tour of the studio, hop back on the bus to return to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music on a self-guided tour. Enter through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, before heading into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Discover an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walk through the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. The whole family will come away with a new-found interest and respect in the artistry of the famous musicians that make Nashville famous.

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What people are saying about Nashville

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,612 reviews

Great self guided tour. Film on the history of the Ryman was excellent! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. There was a performance that night so we even got to listen to several performers during their sound check. Highly recommend!

Very informative. A lot of history I was unaware of. Very well paced. Tour guide Hilary was excellent. Very emotional tour for me in a good way. Grew uo on the Traditional Country. I am 69 now and I still love it.

The excitement generated by the performers was great! Such a mix of the old and the new-we were impressed with how much everyone that takes the stage feels like family.

We had a fantastic time with Luke! Now we’re trying To find time to come back to Nashville! And we would like to listen to Luke in his band!

Learned so much about Nashville. Everyone needs to spend the two hours in comfort.