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Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

1. Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to the popular Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. Expereince the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere in the world and interact with exhibits that appeal to all ages. Listen to an audio tour that brings the Titanic's story to life. Enter the Museum through a half-scale model of the exterior of the Titanic, along with an artificial iceberg. 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. Stand 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 that adds to the excitement.

Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Railroad Train Ride

2. Chattanooga: Tennessee Valley Railroad Train Ride

Enjoy a fun train ride aboard the historic rail car and learn interesting tidbits about the local history from your knowledgeable guide as you take in stunning views of the Tennessee Valley. View the locomotive rotating on a turntable for re-boarding the train for the return trip.  Missionary Ridge Local trips begin at the Grand Junction depot and take passengers along one of the original railroad lines into Chattanooga, crossing bridges and diving through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel before arriving at the other side of the museum: East Chattanooga.  The train stops at East Chattanooga, allowing riders off the train to watch the locomotive rotating on a turntable and participate in a tour of the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip. Round trip time is slightly less than one hour - a great introductory train ride for kids.

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

Franklin: 1.5-Hour Haunted City Tour

4. Franklin: 1.5-Hour Haunted City Tour

Explore the ghosts and haunts that linger on the brick-lined streets and historic dwellings in charming Franklin, Tennessee. Visit 4-5 locations on a leisurely 1.5-hour walk through the city on this family-friendly Haunted Franklin tour. Departed socialites, a Civil War spy, failed businessmen, Confederate soldiers, and at least one dog roam downtown. One is helpful, several appear lonely, and one seems to be afraid of the dark. Find out all about their spooky and mysterious stories with the help of your passionate local guide. Bring your camera: you never know what you may capture. Your guide will also show you photos other visitors have taken on the tour.

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

5. 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 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, 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.

Pigeon Forge: Lumberjack Feud Show

7. 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.

Nashville: Double-Decker City Tour

8. 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

9. 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: National Museum of African American Music Entry

10. 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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based on 2,665 reviews

Whether you are near or far from Nashville the travel time to get to the Nashville: National Museum of African American Music will be worth your time to get there. My husband, son and I enjoyed the experience.

This museum was very nice. Even though it is a smaller museum, there was lots of exhibits.

I got a lot more than expected and learned some knowledge about trains.

Very informative tour and Corrin (?) was very knowledgeable

The driver was amazing but I will never do this again