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Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley

1. 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: Double-Decker City Tour

2. 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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Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

3. Nashville: Night Tour of Music City

Take a night tour to discover insider stories and intriguing facts about Nashville’s music heritage. 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 historic Jefferson Street. Along the tour route, listen to your guide as tells the history of the city’s rhythm & blues heritage, its honky-tonks, and its famous music venues. Learn about the people that contributed to Nashville’s iconic music scene while taking in the stunning sights of this vibrant city.

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Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour

4. Nashville: Sightseeing Cart Tour

Experience Nashville from a local’s perspective while you zip around town in a golf cart, seeing, touching, and smelling your way through the music city. On this 1.5-hour tour, hit 35 of the major sightseeing destinations of the city—from The Parthenon, a full-sized replica of the iconic Greek building, to the Ryman Auditorium, where the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running American radio broadcast in history, is staged—and much more. After you hit all the sights, pick up some recommendations from your local guide for nightlife and restaurants in Nashville so you can make the most of your time in the vibrant city. Make sure to bring your camera—you’ll have many opportunities to stop for priceless photo-ops. The fleet of carts can accommodate groups ranging from 1-50 people per tour—though groups of 2 may be paired with up to 3 other people.

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Nashville: Guided Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

5. Nashville: Guided Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

Explore the darker side of Nashville's past on a guided ghost tour. Visit the city's most haunted spots with a knowledgeable guide and hear fascinating stories about the ghosts of its past. Meet your guide at the Tennessee State Capitol. From here, you'll explore the city, visiting at least seven haunted historical locations. Learn about Nashville's Civil War past and find out how it later became known as America's Music City. 

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Nashville: 15-Minute Downtown Nashville Helicopter Tour

6. Nashville: 15-Minute Downtown Nashville Helicopter Tour

Make your trip memorable with a helicopter flight over Music City. Your adventure begins in the comfortable leather seats of a climate-controlled helicopter. Immediately after lifting off, you will see the remarkable Nashville skyline and beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee. This tour takes you over one of the most beautiful and rapidly-growing skylines in the country. Fly over the Parthenon at Centennial Park, and look straight down at the 50-yard line of the Nissan Stadium. See if you can spot the legendary Tootsies lounge as you fly over Broadway.

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Nashville: 20-Min Helicopter Tour of Downtown and Music City

7. Nashville: 20-Min Helicopter Tour of Downtown and Music City

Your adventure begins in the leather seats of one of our climate controlled helicopters. Hop aboard for an unforgettable 20-minute helicopter ride you're sure to never forget. Immediately after lifting off, you will see the remarkable Nashville skyline and beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee. This tour takes you to many of Music City's notable landmarks such as the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, Music Row, the Parthenon, and many more.

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Downtown Nashville: Cinderella Private Narrated Carriage

8. Downtown Nashville: Cinderella Private Narrated Carriage

Bring your own royal family or small group for an eye-catching Cinderella tour of Downtown Nashville. This is an amazing way to see all the hotspots of Nashville while making your own new memories. Join your expert guide for a narrated tour while you travel in style. This tour includes hotspots such as: The 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage Schermerhorn Symphony Center The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena The Johnny Cash Museum Riverfront Park Hard Rock Cafe The Wild Horse Saloon Printers Alley The Tennessee State Capitol Building The War Memorial Building Nashville Performing Arts Center Tennessee State Museum The Ryman Auditorium Tootsies Orchid Lounge

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Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

9. Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

On this 3.5-hour Discover Nashville Tour you’ll see the highlights of Music City. You’ll also enjoy admission and self-guided tours at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and the Ryman Auditorium. You’ll see Nashville’s most famous landmarks, including the historic downtown area, Honky Tonk Row, Riverfront Park, Fort Nashborough, the Tennessee State Capitol, Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, Vanderbilt University, and Music Row – home to historic Studio B. No tour of Music City would be complete without a self-guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium, known as the Mother Church of Country Music, and the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The Hall of Fame & Museum is a USD 37 million interactive musical experience and a tribute to Country music and to the city of Nashville. Please note that there are occasions when the Ryman Auditorium or the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum may be closed, and substitutions will be made as possible.

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Nashville: Murder in Music City Walking Tour

10. Nashville: Murder in Music City Walking Tour

Explore the spooky side of Music City on this ghost-themed, adults-only walking tour. See Nashville’s most popular haunted spots and hear fascinating stories about the ghosts of its past. Perfect for fans of true crime and all things creepy, get to know about Nashville’s brutal past, murders, the mob, haunted record shops, and the former red light district’s brothels. Beginning at the Tennessee State Capitol, visit 7 to 8 haunted ad historical locations. See the Union Station Hotel, the haunted Ryman Auditorium, and more. Follow your guide as you hear about ghosts, demons, and local murders, some dating back as far as 200 years.

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What people are saying about Tennessee State Capitol

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based on 686 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.