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Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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: 15-Minute Downtown Sunset/Night Helicopter Tour

7. 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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Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

8. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour

Go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and enjoy exclusive access to the venue that made country music famous. Your expert guide will take you through the venue and introduce you to the famous musicians and stories that have made this such a beloved chapter in Nashville's history. See artifacts and photos from all eras of music history and walk through the artist's entrance. The Grand Ole Opry truly is a family; learn about the bond between the performers, their families, and this incredible piece of living history. Visit 18 different musician dressing rooms, all decorated in different themes to represent pivotal moments in country music. You may even get a chance to visit Studio A, a working television studio which was home to Hee Haw and many more productions.

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Nashville: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

9. Nashville: The Ville All-Inclusive Pub Crawl

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 street at hit up some honky-tonks where you will have some local craft cocktails. End at the famous Wildhorse Saloon where you have a local craft drink made only by them. Here you'll get to try their famous homemade fried pickles in regular & Nashville hot. Lastly, end the tour by receiving your killer fanny pack and your last drink will come in a collector's mason glass for you to take home with you.

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Nashville: Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Nashville

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based on 1,637 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.