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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. Head through 'The District,' a downtown area featuring opportunities for world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment. Learn about Nashville's rich history. 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 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 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 are taken 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. Upgrade your visit by selecting one of the Premium Experience options, which includes a show ticket in either a Tier 1 or Tier 2 seat and provides access to the exclusive Circle Room Lounge. There you will meet an Opry performer, enjoy appetizers, two top-shelf beverages, and receive a commemorative photo to take home. Opens 1 hour before the show and remains open through intermission.

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: Night Tour of Music City

4. 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: Homes of the Stars Narrated Bus Tour

5. 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. See the glamorous homes of stars like Taylor Swift, Kellie Pickler, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reese Witherspoon, and Dierks Bentley. 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: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

6. 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: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

7. Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

For more than 125 years, Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium has been entertaining guests and making music history. Enjoy a self-guided tour as you learn about the Ryman's place in Nashville history and the stars that have launched their career on this famous stage. Join the 'Soul of Nashville' multimedia experience for a thrilling lesson in Ryman Auditorium history featuring stars like Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, and Darius Rucker. Inside the auditorium, find exhibits and short films featuring your favorite stars of yesterday and today. Some of the stars represented are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Trisha Yearwood. You'll even get the opportunity to take a special photo on the iconic stage.

Nashville: Line Dancing Class with Keepsake Video

8. Nashville: Line Dancing Class with Keepsake Video

Feel like a line-dancing rockstar with a lesson that’s fun for kids and adults alike. Keep up with all the country music hits in Nashville by learning the most popular routines step-by-step. Follow your instructor at an easy pace and work up to a full-length group choreography. Kick off with a casual meet-and-greet with your group and instructor to get to know everyone. Next is a simple line dance to get everyone warmed up and ready to go. Your instructor will show you three dances and you can choose as a group which choreographies you want to practice and learn. In the 1 hour class, you’ll be taught back-to-back line dances that are well-known in dance halls all over the US. Take your time getting comfortable and building confidence with routines that range from beginner to advanced depending on your experience and preferences. After the end of the lively session, don’t forget to grab a video of your dances to show off your progress to everybody at home.

Nashville: Pontoon Party Cruise with a Captain

9. 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: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

10. 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.

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What should I do on my first trip to Nashville?

First-time visitors to Nashville will love the many sights of the Tennessee city! One of the best things to do in Nashville is to dive into country music! Whether you're a fan or not, it is a large part of the city's identity and learning more about it will help you gain a better understand to Nashville. You can start your trip by heading to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. With over 150 artists inducted into the large museum, you can learn about everyone from Dolly Parton to Garth Brooks... and even some of country music's pioneers like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rogers. You can continue your day by checking out the Grand Ole Opry before spending the evening exploring the bars and restaurants in the Music Row District. Some other can't-miss Nashville experiences are trying hot chicken, visiting the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and taking a day trip to the historic city of Franklin.

What are some hidden gems to see in Nashville?

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens was once the family home of Mabel and Leslie Cheek and the 1930s estate is one of Nashville's hidden gems that is worth visiting! At the estate, visitors will find an art museum, botanical gardens, as well as a gift shop and cafe. The gardens are the true gem here, spanning over 55 acres and containing 13 distinct gardens. While the Bluebird Cafe is not an unknown place in Nashville, it definitely doesn't garner the attention of all visitors to the city! This cafe, club, and store has been featuring up-and-coming artists throughout the last 40 years and is a great place to check out for music lovers. This is even the spot where Taylor Swift was discovered and signed at age 14!

How much time should I spend in Nashville?

There is plenty to do in Nashville to warrant an extended trip, but you can see most of the city's highlights in a weekend trip! If you have merely a weekend in Nashville, you will need to plan ahead in order to maximize time, however. While a weekend can show you the highlights, a weeklong trip is a far better option. You can enjoy some of Nashville's best day trips and hidden gems without the worry of running out of time.

What food is Nashville known for?

While Memphis is nationally famous for its BBQ, Nashville shines with its hot chicken (and delicious biscuits!). Some of the top spots to enjoy hot chicken are Subculture Urban Cuisine and Cafe, 400 Degrees, and Prince's Hot Chicken. Prince's is the original hot chicken joint in the city and it has been going strong since the Great Depression. The recipe is authentic and the business has been kept in the family over the years - it is an essential place to start your food journey in Nashville!

Biscuits are also all the rage in the Tennessee city - and you'll be able to enjoy them with gravy atop or in sandwich form at many establishments in Nashville. Husk is a renowned restaurant in the city that has mouthwatering biscuits (when they are on the menu) and Biscuit Love is another favorite.

If you're looking for a change but still want to indulge in some delicious Nashville fare, you can search for restaurants focusing on Southern food and opt for some fried catfish, pimento mac 'n cheese, and country ham.

What is the best way to get around Nashville?

Getting around Nashville is fairly easy with a network of fairly efficient public transportation. The city's airport goes by the code BNA and more than 80 cities fly into Music City. Once in Nashville, you can rent a car, take a city bus with WeGo Public Transit, order a taxi, or use the Music City Star Commuter Rail (which has 6 stations in the city).

What are the best months to visit Nashville?

Most people visit from June until August as it is school summer vacation and the most convenient time for many. However, Nashville is extraordinary in December when the holiday mood sets in and you can go visit the many markets and Christmas displays throughout the city. The Dancing Lights of Christmas is a popular thing to do at the Wilson County Fairgrounds near Nashville. There are also special holiday shows at Gaylord Opryland.

If you're not a winter traveler, head to Nashville in May, when Cheekwood Estates is in bloom and the summer sun is still mild enough to enjoy with ease.

What are the best neighborhoods to visit in Nashville?

Nashville has several neighborhoods worth visiting outside of the Downtown area (and Music Row). The Gulch was once an industrial area that has transformed into one of the city's hippest places with trendy restaurants and more! East Nashville has several concept shops, cafes, and a colorful art scene. 12 South is another favorite for coffee shops and bars. The buildings of Germantown are always worth checking out, as well.

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

You will find scrumptious food all over the city of Nashville so it is hard to pinpoint one area for food specifically. If you're keen to try Prince's Hot Chicken (the original hot chicken place!), you will need to head to the Downtown area. Be sure to also check out the Nashville Farmers' Market there.

12South has an abundance of food options - and you will find one of the most walkable strips with restaurants in the city. You will find everything from Mediterranean food to BBQ and more.

Germantown has traditionally been one of the best neighborhoods for food in the city and many of the dining experiences are in historic and beautiful buildings. Head to Germantown Cafe for a true taste of the district as it has been there for quite some time.

The Gulch is also a favorite spot for tasty food and innovative restaurants.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

Nashville has an abudance of good shopping to satisfy every buyer! The Fatherland District offers a hip collection of local shops and artisanal products - from specialty foods to clothing and beyond. Looking to buy musical instruments? Check out 8th Avenue & Melrose. Locals and college students love Belmont / Hillsboro Village and East Nashville offers an eclectic array of shops offering everything from vintage clothing to candle bars where you can create your own candle.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Nashville?

If you have never visited Nashville before, it is most convenient to stay in the Downtown area of the city. Just ensure that your hotel has ample parking spots if you're driving in or renting a car! Music Row is also another favorite for those looking to hit up the bars and enjoy the live music scene the city has to offer. If you're looking to escape this, however, opt to stay in The Gulch or East Nashville.

What's are 4 best tips for a person traveling to Nashville?

1) Explore the city beyond just its music. Sure, Nashville has a wonderful music scene, but there are so many sides to the city beyond just that. Enjoy the food scene, learn about its history, and take some of the natural day trips that are in close proximity to the city.

2) Summers are hot! While it can be managable for those coming from other hot places, if you're a northerner, it may not be the most ideal time to visit! Opt for the shoulder season and enjoy Nashville in the spring or fall.

3) Parking can be a nightmare. Be sure to book your stay somewhere that you feel comfortable walking to and from the sights or in a place where you feel comfortable taking public transportation. This is also a great opportunity to take a tour so you can leave the car behind!

4) Nashville sits in an centralized area that is surrounded by a lot of state parks and natural things to do! You can head to Radnor Lake State Park and enjoy its 6 trails or to Harpeth River State Park where you can see Newsom's Mill (one of the oldest grist mills in the county).

What should people avoid doing in Nashville?

Before traveling to Nashville, research the areas that are currently not the safest places to visit. Be sure to also do this before booking a hotel in the city. Also, avoid going into the names of the bars you may recognize as chains throughout the city. There are far better options and you can find some cool spots on Lower Broad that are more authentic and have better music.

What are your top 5 favourite GetYourGuide experiences in Nashville?

1) Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

2) Nashville: Homes of the Stars Narrated Bus Tour

3) Nashville: Double-Decker City Tour

4) Nashville: Downtown Helicopter Tour

5) Nashville: Street Art & Instagram Golf Cart Tour

What is one thing that surprised you about Nashville?

I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was to do in Nashville outside of live music and country music history! I was not expecting a rich culinary scene and was happy when I was greeted with one! I also was surprised at how many cool concepts existed - I visited some of the most innovative concept shops, cafes, and boutiques in Nashville!

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Nashville?

If you're heading to Nashville with kids, there is plenty to do! The Adventure Science Center is an interactive science museum that also has a planetarium and many interesting exhibits. The Frist Art Museum also has family-friendly activities and spaces for kids to enjoy. For those visiting in the summertime, Wave Country Water Park is a great place to unwind and cool off!

What are the best annual events in Nashville?

Nashville always has something happening and it often involves music! Bonnaroo Music Festival is in nearby Manchester and is a great event to attend! The CMA Music Festival is held each June and the Nashville Film Festival is held in the fall. Other large events in the city are the Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland and the Music City Food + Wine Festival (held in September usually).

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Great tour, great guide, personalized experience! Everything was on time and went smoothly - very enjoyable!!

Tracy was excellent and full of knowledge. She even had some impressive pictures to go along with the tour.

Even though it rained, my wife and I had a great time. The guide was entertaining as well as informative.

Nice drive there and back. They play Elvis movies and music. Graceland and sun studio awesome!

Gives you a good overview of what is around the area and the history.