The 15 Best Nashville Tours

Engage with the city's country roots on one of these tours.

By Lyn Mettler, ContributorJune 28, 2019
U.S. News & World Report

The 15 Best Nashville Tours

Best Nashville Tours

Nashville has plenty of honky-tonk hustle and bustle for travelers to enjoy.(Getty Images)

While country music may immediately come to mind when you think of Nashville, this popular city offers plenty more in the way of activities and entertainment, from breweries to nightlife to outstanding cuisine. By picking the right tour, you'll be able to experience whatever side of the Music City you'd like to see. U.S. News identified 15 of the best Nashville tours using both traveler opinion and expert input. No matter which one you pick, you're in for a great time.

iRide Nashville – Downtown Tour Experience

On this two-hour tour, you'll roll through 5 miles of downtown Nashville on a Segway and pass key sights, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Tennessee state Capitol and the Bicentennial Mall. Reviewers say tour guides are friendly, and the Segways provide a quick way to orient yourself with the city and see the sights. Tours run at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily. Prior to the tour, guides will give a 30-minute training session about how to safely operate a Segway. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and tickets cost approximately $75 per person. The company also offers a Music City Snapshot tour through the Nashville's entertainment district.

NashTrash Tours – The Jugg Sisters Original Tour

Want a little comedy with your Nashville tour? As you travel aboard this tour's big pink bus, the Jugg Sisters will entertain you with improv comedy, funny stories and trivia about country music's famous stars. During the two-hour tour, you'll pass top attractions like the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Reviewers say they laughed until their sides hurt and would take the tour again. The tour, which runs several times weekly at 11 a.m., frequently sells out, so book well in advance. Tickets cost approximately $40 per person. Children younger than 15 are not allowed to participate in the tour. NashTrash Tours also offers the Pip's Music Row Confidential Tour and the Ben Tour.

Really Entertaining Tours – Live Nashville! Walking Tour

The Live Nashville! Walking Tour details some of Nashville's most interesting history, including President Andrew Jackson's famous duel and Johnny Cash's performance on the Grand Ole Opry stage. The two-hour tours run Tuesday through Sunday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $25 per person. Tourgoers say the experience is fun, engaging and informative. Really Entertaining Tours also runs a Nash Bar Bash tour that visits several bars for live music and dancing.

Local Tastes of Nashville – The Gulch & Union Station Food Tour

Eat your way through the hip Gulch neighborhood on this three-hour tour. You'll stop at five restaurants and specialty shops that could include Biscuit Love, Arnold's Country Kitchen and the Turnip Truck. Along the way, you'll see historic Union Station, the Frist Art Museum and more. Tours depart from Union Station Mondays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost about $50 for adults and $40 for children 10 and younger. Tourgoers say the quality of food is superb and praise both the guides and the restaurants' staff. Local Tastes of Nashville also runs a food tour through the Germantown neighborhood.

Join Music City Rollin' Jamboree for a raunchy, fun-filled outing around Nashville.(Courtesy of Music City Rollin' Jamboree)

Music City Rollin' Jamboree

This tour combines singing, comedy and a bit of sightseeing for a one-of-a-kind experience. On the Music City Rollin' Jamboree bus tour, you'll sing along to country hits and banter with your guides while cruising by attractions like Music Row, Music City Center and many honky-tonks. Reviewers say the tour is great fun and stress that the trip is primarily for pure enjoyment, not to see Nashville's attractions. Tourgoers must be 21 or older, as the comedy features adult themes, and tickets start at $36 per person. Tours run Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. during peak season; offseason hours vary.

Walk Eat Nashville – East Nashville Food Tour

On this excursion, tourgoers will stop at five or six local eateries in the city's creative East Nashville neighborhood, noshing on everything from barbecue and pizza to cheese and ice cream. The tour also features interactions with the restaurants' chefs, owners and managers, as well as history and stories about this area. Reviewers rave about the delicious food and say they enjoyed the interactions with eatery chefs and owners. The three-hour tours, which are limited to 12 participants, run Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and Fridays at 11 a.m. Tickets cost approximately $65 per person. Children are welcome but will pay the same ticket price. Walk Eat Nashville also offers tours of the Midtown and SoBro neighborhoods.

Tennessee Whiskey Tours – Jack n' Back Tour

Travelers say this tour is a must-do for fans of Jack Daniel's whiskey. You'll board an air-conditioned bus and head to the distillery (located about 75 miles south of Nashville), where you'll take the 1 1/2-hour Angel's Share tour, which includes a whiskey tasting. Tour-takers will then explore downtown Lynchburg and have lunch. Tours pick up at 9 a.m. in downtown Nashville; you'll be dropped back in the city around 4 p.m. Tickets start at $83 per person and include the cost of the Angel's Share tour but do not include lunch. Tours are for adults 21 and older. The company also offers a Tennessee Whiskey Experience tour of three local craft distilleries.

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Redneck Comedy Bus Tour

Enjoy a laugh while seeing some of the top sights in Nashville on the Redneck Comedy Bus Tour. You'll learn Nashville trivia and history while riding in a camouflage-colored bus. Tourgoers report that the tour is indeed hilarious and the comedian guides are knowledgeable. Morning tours last around two hours (including a 15-minute break) and depart at 11 a.m. Afternoon tours run at 2 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. Tickets start at $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $25 for children 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger sitting on a lap are free. While children are welcome, the Redneck Comedy Bus's content is rated PG-13.

Learn about Music City's lyrical history on a tour with Walkin' Nashville.(Courtesy of Walkin' Nashville)

Walkin' Nashville Music City Legends Tour

For a look at old Nashville when the likes of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn were up-and-coming stars, join the Walkin' Nashville Music City Legends Tour. Lead by Bill DeMain, the approximately two-hour tour, which is limited to 25 guests, features stories and trivia about the golden era of Nashville, as tourgoers see attractions like Printers Alley, Ryman Auditorium and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Reviewers say the tour is enjoyable, noting they learned unique facts about Nashville's history and were amazed at the guide's knowledge. Tours depart Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. from April through November, and tickets cost $25 for adults, $12 for children 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and younger.

Nashville Brews Cruise

The Nashville Brews Cruise takes participants via van to three local breweries for beer tastings. At the breweries, tourgoers will get an education in beer and brewing. The van even has a cooler for any beer purchases you make on the tour. Patrons say the tour is wonderful, and they enjoy talking with the brewmasters. Tours, which require a minimum of four participants, run most Fridays and Saturdays for around four hours. Tickets start at $55 per person and include tastings, water and snacks. You must be 21 or older to tour. You can also arrange a private tour with Nashville Brews Cruise.

Old Town Trolley Tours – Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Tour Nashville at your own pace via trolley. This tour stops at 15 different attractions around town, including Broadway, Belmont Mansion and the Gulch. You can disembark and get on the trolley at-will or you can ride the entire loop in just under two hours. Trolleys come by about every 30 minutes. Reviewers say the tour is a great way to orient yourself with the city and its attractions. One-day tickets start at $85 for adults and $50 for children 4 to 12. Children younger than 4 ride free. Tickets also include admission to several museums, including Madame Tussauds. Tours run from 9 a.m. to either 4 or 5 p.m., depending on the season. The company also offers a Nashville Night Tour.

Take a speedy trip through Nashville in a golf cart with Joyride Nashville. (Courtesy of Joyride)

Joyride Nashville – Sightseeing Tour

Travelers can zip through the streets on a golf cart with Joyride Nashville. Local guides share knowledge about the city while they drive the cart, which travels at 20 mph, past 35 attractions on this 1 1/2-hour tour. Guides will even stop the cart at picture-perfect locations so you can get great photos. Tourgoers say the tour is informative and the guides share local knowledge about things to do. Tickets cost approximately $45 for adults and $25 for children; participants must be at least 5 years old. Tours are offered hourly each day. Five passengers can ride on each cart, though multiple carts can join the tour for larger groups. Joyride Nashville also offers Brewery/Distillery and Mural and Instagram cart tours.

Dabble Studio – Music City Bites and Sites Tour

This tour combines the best of Nashville's food with its history and architecture. During the three-hour walk, you'll cover roughly 1 1/2 miles, stopping for local cuisine and a drink or two along the way. Samples could include hot chicken, caramels and fried pickles. Reviewers say the tour is fun and the food exceptional. Tours operate several days each week, though specific days vary, and leave at 10:30 a.m. Outings are limited to 14 participants and cost approximately $65 per person. Dabble Studio also offers a Bites and Sites tour of the Germantown neighborhood and private food tours.

Nashville Pedal Tavern – Broadway Tour

Barhop to Nashville's top honky-tonks by pedaling your way to each one on this bicycle built for 15. Tourgoers 21 and older pedal down Broadway, passing by the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena and the banks of the Cumberland River, with one to two stops at honky-tonks for a drink. Tourgoers say the tour is fun and rave about their guides (lauding their excellent music taste). Tours require at least six riders and last 90 minutes. Tickets cost approximately $40 per person Monday through Wednesday and cost around $45 per person Thursday through Sunday. Tours depart multiple times daily. Nashville Pedal Tavern also offers a route through Midtown and Music Row.

AmeriGhost – Haunted Downtown Nashville Tour

Explore Nashville's haunted history on this ghost tour with AmeriGhost. Professional storytellers lead the 90-minute tour, sharing ghost tales about famous sights like the Ryman Auditorium, the state Capitol and Printers Alley. Plan to walk about a half-mile. Reviewers say it is a spooky tour and a fun way to learn about Nashville. Tours depart at 8 p.m. daily; there's an additional tour on Saturdays at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $17 for adults and $10 for children 7 to 11, while children 6 and younger can join for free. AmeriGhost also offers a Haunted Tavern Tour and a Haunted Hearse Tour.

Lyn Mettler, Contributor

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