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Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

1. Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

Enter the Museum through a half-scale model of the exterior of the Titanic, along with an artificial iceberg. Your ticket lets you skip the ticket purchase line and proceed directly to the advance ticketing line. Here, you will receive a passenger boarding ticket, featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Once you have followed them throughout the ship, enter the Memorial Room and discover the fate of your assigned person. The Museum not only features the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere in the world, but is also an interactive experience that appeals to every age. You will be in awe of the grand staircase, valued at one million dollars. Touch an authentic iceberg, shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s Boiler Room, and learn how to send an SOS distress signal. The Museum is fun for the whole family. It is a living classroom filled with hands-on opportunities that motivate, educate and inspire. Every child receives a special boarding pass profiling a youngster who actually sailed on the Titanic. There is even a special audio tour just for kids that brings the Titanic story to life, as well as an onboard Scavenger Hunt adds to the excitement.

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Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

2. 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!

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Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

3. Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

The "Home of Country Music", Nashville hosts the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Blue Bird Café. The capital of Tennessee is also famous for The District, a downtown area featuring shopping, dining and entertainment. To view these and other popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon and Bicentennial Capitol Mall, hop aboard the Old Town Trolley. 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. You can avoid city traffic and costly parking when you step off the trolley to explore your favorite attractions. 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, Old Town Trolley is the best way to see Music City. Offering 14 convenient stops: • Lower Broadway • Ryman Auditorium • Downtown Hilton • Country Music Hall of Fame • War Memorial/TPAC• Musicians Hall of Fame • Farmers’ Market • Capitol View • Marathon Village• Centennial Park • Midtown • Belmont Mansion• The Gulch • Union Station

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Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

4. 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.

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Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

5. Nashville: National Museum of African American Music Entry

Visit Nashville's newest musical destination, the National Museum of African American Music. Experience interactive and immersive exhibits and learn the history and cultural impact behind your favorite artists. Explore the 56,000-square-foot facility, which is the only museum dedicated to educating, preserving, and celebrating more than 50 music genres and styles.  Learn about the music that was created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans, including spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B, and hip hop. Discover artifacts, objects, memorabilia, clothing, and state-of-the-art technology. Each gallery is designed to share a different narrative and a unique perspective on African American music and history. Hear the story of how a distinct group of people used their artistry to impact and change the world.

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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 2-hour 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, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Dunn, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. You will pass the homes of Dierks Bentley, Caleb and Jared Followill of Kings of Leon, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Julianne Hough of Dancing with the Stars, Lori Ann Crook of Crook and Chase, Janis Ian, Martina McBride, Jack White, 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.

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Nashville: Double-Decker City Tour

7. 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.

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Pigeon Forge: Lumberjack Feud Show

8. Pigeon Forge: Lumberjack Feud Show

Enjoy 1.5 hours of competitive lumberjack events featuring the Dawson and McGraw families’ world-class lumberjacks. These lumberjacks represent both families in a variety of thrilling, fast-paced tests of skill, ranging from chopping and axe throwing to tree climbing and log rolling. Join the fun by cheering for your favorite lumberjack family during the 13 events. During the intermission, children are invited to the stage to cut logs with a lumberjack. Located at Lumberjack Square, the 350-person outdoor venue home to the Lumberjack Feud features padded seating under a covered, climate-controlled grandstand designed for maximum comfort.

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Nashville: 15-Minute Downtown Sunset/Night Helicopter Tour

9. Nashville: 15-Minute Downtown Sunset/Night Helicopter Tour

Take the ride of your life with a helicopter flight over Downtown Nashville at sunset. Your adventure starts as you take off from John Tune Airport on the west side of town. Fly over historic Sylvan Park, Centennial Mall, Vanderbilt University, Division Street and Music Row. As you make your way downtown you will even get to fly along Broadway, hovering lower than the tops of the buildings. Get an amazing view of the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the AT&T building, otherwise known as The Batman building. You'll also see the Titans Stadium, Historic German Town, the state capitol building and the home of the Nashville Sounds. Bask in the neon glow and don't forget your camera on this thrilling look at Music City from above.

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Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

10. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed islands and coves. As well as the beautiful lake, you will see the Great Smoky Mountains towards the southwest. On this option, you climb to a slightly higher altitude than on the Lake View flight, allowing for better visibility of the National Park. Extended Lake is an 8-minute flight over 16 miles.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,025 reviews

This was my first experience riding a helicopter and my friend and I came from another state. It was a great experience and Pilot Andrew from HeliStar Aviation was the best pilot and best tour guide ever!!! So nice,gentle,welcoming and much more. Thanks Andrew..

We had a really great time. Mike was a great tour guide. We stopped and picked up some delicious cupcakes.

great time, enjoyed the tours of Ryaman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame

Bert with an E is great! Learned a lot during the tour. Definitely a must-do!

Caroline was a great host. Kept us engaged the whole time. Family friendly.