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How to Spend 1 Day in Nashville

How to Spend 1 Day in Nashville

With country soul and urban chic, Nashville’s more than a must-stop for music lovers. Beyond the honky-tonks on Music Row lie fascinating history, great architecture, and chefs serving creative takes on Southern cuisine. Here’s how to dive into the very best of Nashville in just one jam-packed day.

Morning: Music City Exploring

Get your bearings in the compact downtown on a tour that takes in a little bit of everything. A hop-on hop-off trolley is great for total flexibility, or you can explore by private car, Segway, bike, or on foot. If you’re planning to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame or other Nashville highlights, opt for a tour that includes tickets—it can be a money-saving option that also avoids waiting in line. Since the Cumberland River runs right through the heart of Nashville, river cruises provide a front-row seat for checking out downtown, as well.

Afternoon: That Nashville Sound—or Flavor

Country music or country cooking? Choose between Nashville’s two great loves for an afternoon that’s all about what most appeals to you. Music lovers can book tickets to the Grand Ole Opry, tour the Ryman Auditorium, or go behind-the-scenes at RCA’s Studio B. If Southern fare is more your style, foodie tours of downtown are the chance to sample a little bit of everything without committing to a full meal. Taste your way through Tennessee whiskey, slow-cooked barbecue, and Nashville’s signature hot chicken with a guide to share insider stories from the local food scene.

 

Evening: Paint the Town

From the bars on Music Row to a raucous college scene, Nashville earns its title as a legendary place to enjoy nightlife. With one chance to get a taste of the action, joining a tour takes you straight to the party—whether you’re catching country shows, rolling through town in an open-topped party bus, or just hopping between local pubs. If that’s not your scene, there’s more to Nashville at night than wild parties; food tours, barbecue dinners, and sunset dinner cruises on the Cumberland River are a laid-back way to take in the city’s evening glitter.

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Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

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Explore Nashville with this popular 90-minute trolley tour. See over 100 points of interest with a stop at Bicentennial Square/Farmers’ Market. Learn about the famous and popular Nashville sights as you travel with live onboard commentary.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville

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Cruise on Nashville's Cumberland River aboard one of the country's largest paddle-wheel boats, the 'General Jackson Showboat', during this excursion. Book for a lunch or dinner cruise, enjoying the scenery on the riverbanks as well as live entertainment. Round-trip transportation from local hotels included.
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  • 4 hours
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Grand Ole Opry Show Admission Ticket in Nashville

Grand Ole Opry Show Admission Ticket in Nashville

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Experience the thrill of a live concert at Nashville’s premier country music stage, the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry. See new stars, superstars, and the legends of country music all in one evening. Unlike a typical concert, the Grand Ole Opry presents multiple artists at each show, giving the audience a variety of musical styles to enjoy at one event. Choose from various dates and seating options to suit your schedule and budget.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

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See the sights and sounds of Nashville on this guided sightseeing tour around Music City. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then enjoy the ride. Get an educational and entertaining live narrative from the experienced guide while rolling past famous landmark locations like historic Riverfront Park, Ryman Auditorium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Tennessee State Capitol and more. Admission is included to Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart

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Explore Nashville from a local's perspective on this city tour with a local guide. Aboard an open-air, low-speed vehicle, cruise through Nashville to see more than 35 landmarks and other sightseeing locations. Notable sights along this tour include Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, Johnny Cash Museum, Germantown, The Gulch, Tootsies, and Music Row. Select a morning, afternoon, or evening tour when booking.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville

Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville

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See more of the Music City in less time on a tour of downtown Nashville, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Choose from two tour durations and with a small group limited to 15, master the basic techniques of your self-balancing Segway before setting off to explore the city. Tick off landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee State Capitol, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Nashville's RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket Combo

Nashville's RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket Combo

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Step into Nashville’s musical history on a guided tour of RCA Studio B that includes admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Visit a recording studio that helped to shape the 'Nashville Sound,' then explore country music heritage with interactive exhibits and recordings. Multiple departure times are available for this tour of RCA Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame, in the historic heart of Nashville.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville

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Follow in the footsteps of country legends on a self-guided tour of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, a downtown venue known as ‘The Mother Church of Country Music.’ Explore five new exhibits on the Ryman Auditorium’s musical history, with footage of celebrity hosts to introduce each one. This self-guided Ryman Auditorium tour offers the chance to explore Nashville country music on your own schedule, with flexible start times throughout the day.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Downtown Nashville Pub Crawl Walking Tour

Downtown Nashville Pub Crawl Walking Tour

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Discover great bars along Second Avenue in Nashville during this guided pub crawl. Stop at four to six bars in this historic downtown district on a walking tour that offers drink specials (own expense), stories about Nashville’s colorful history, trivia games, and live music at some venues. This tour departs daily from a central meeting point downtown, with several departure times Friday through Sunday.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour
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Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Explore downtown Nashville on a food walking tour. Learn about the architecture, history, and landmarks of the city with a guide as you wander through the historic riverfront area and sample Southern food items and a specialty cocktail. You may also hear some live music and perhaps enjoy a beer.
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Nashville's Roofless Party Bus Experience

Nashville's Roofless Party Bus Experience

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Combine a sightseeing tour of Nashville with your own open-air party during a private tour in a roofless party bus. Take in the sights as you cruise through Lower Broadway and Downtown Nashville in a bus equipped with a dance floor and sound system. BYOB for the onboard bartender to mix your drinks —cups and coolers are provided.
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  • 2 hours
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