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Tennessee State Capitol: Our most recommended tours and activities

Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

1. Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Journey through Nashville's top sights with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. View sights like the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Blue Bird Café. Head through 'The District,' a downtown area featuring opportunities for world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to view popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon, and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall. 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. Avoid city traffic and costly parking with an option that leaves you free to concentrate on taking in the sights. 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, the Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the 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

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.

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. Ride through the city in a climate-controlled coach and learn facinating facts about the city's musical history from your guide. Hop aboard the bus to 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 the historic Jefferson Street. Listen to the history of the city’s rhythm and blues heritage, its honky-tonks, and its famous music venues. Discover the people that contributed to Nashville’s iconic music scene while taking in the stunning sights of this vibrant city.

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 tour, hit 35 of the major sightseeing destinations of the city 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. 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.

Downtown Nashville: Cinderella Private Narrated Carriage

5. 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

Discover Nashville: Fully Narrated Half-Day City Tour

6. 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.

Nashville: Guided Ghost-Themed Walking Tour

7. 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. 

Nashville: Murder in Music City Walking Tour

8. 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.

Nashville: Guided City Van Tour

9. Nashville: Guided City Van Tour

Buckle up for a tour of Nashville’s highlights in a comfortable, air-conditioned van. Go for a spin through Nashville and be shown the known and unknown sights of the city including Music Circle and Music Row. Learn about the history, music, trials, characters, and the current vibe of the city that makes it a favorite for folks from around the globe. Explore the Lower Broadway home to honky tonks and live country music. Pass through the bustling entertainment district and spot notable landmarks. See the State Capitol, the seat of government for the U.S state of Tennessee. Enjoy the Printer's Alley, a lively nightclub district originally the center of Nashville's printing industry. Drive by the Musician’s Hall of Fame and hear from your guide about the many famous musician's instruments held in the museum. Head into Music Row, a neighborhood full of music record labels, recording studios, and the heart of Nashville's country music industry.

Nashville: Private Historic Horse and Carriage Ride

10. Nashville: Private Historic Horse and Carriage Ride

See many of Nashville’s key landmarks as you uncover its history on this private horse and carriage ride. Learn about the past and present of the city and see locations of historic significance including the Hermitage Hotel, Davidson County Courthouse, and Tennessee State Capitol. Discover beautiful sites, historic landmarks, and lots of fun facts about Nashville. Sit back and enjoy the ride from downtown Nashville to Bicentennial Mall State Park before you head back to the meeting point. During the tour you will see: Fort Nashborough: a stockade established in early 1779 in the French Lick area of the Cumberland River Valley. It was a forerunner to the settlement that would become the city of Nashville, Tennessee Printer's Alley: home to a thriving publishing industry at the beginning of the 20th century Davidson County Courthouse: an Art Deco building built during 1936-37. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 Tennessee State Capitol: the seat of government for the U.S. state of Tennessee War Memorial Auditorium: a 2000-seat performance hall The Hermitage Hotel: Nashville’s longest-standing hotel The Tennessee Performing Arts Center/Andrew Jackson Hall Downtown Presbyterian Church Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: an outdoor museum featuring a series of design elements that highlight the natural and cultural history of Tennessee including fountains, monuments, an amphitheater, and daily farmer's markets

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What people are saying about Tennessee State Capitol

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Nick was a great tour guide! The tour encompasses Downtown Nashville including Printer’s Alley and the the Gulch. Marathon Motor was an awesome hidden gem that you may not ever find out about if not on tour. MidTown was a lesser ruckus side of Nashville that still had great food spots and scenes. Finished with tour of Music Row. It was a great tour, we went at 7pm, tour lasted for 1.5 hours and didn’t feel rushed at all. Nick was very informative and had great insight on the city. Highly recommend for a unique and intimate tour to see all of Nashville quickly.

Ron was terrific! He was extremely knowledge, funny and entertaining. He shared a lot of interesting facts and showed us things we would have never known about without the tour. We did it our last day which was a nice ending, doing it the first day is a great idea because we were provided with a lot of recommendations. Great activity for all ages!

Our guide Corey was very knowledgeable. I’m so glad we did a tour. We saw the main attractions and went back to see our favorites. My 17 yr old son even enjoyed it!! ☺️

Excellent introduction for 1st time visitors. Pick up from hotel. Tour was interesting and fun. Drew was a great tour guide.

Loved our driver Stretch. very informative and convenient ride