Coming to a new city like Nashville, TN is almost like coming up against a bit of a fun challenge. How does a visitor get the most out of the city in the limited amount of time they're there? Guided tours can sometimes get a poor reputation because of their cookie-cutter schedules, but there are plenty of tours in Nashville that will manage to subvert a visitor's expectations—no matter what they're looking for.
Historic Tennessee Tour
This tour condenses close to 200 years worth of history into 6.5 hours. Wander through the former mansion of President Jackson, and check out the Belle Meade Plantation. These historic homes and grounds tell both the good and bad of Tennessee's rich history. Once visitors have learned more what life would have really looked like during the Civil War and beyond, they'll end up at the Winery at Belle Meade where they can wrap up their day with a wine tasting.
Ryman Auditorium Tour
Visitors who want to learn more about the site where country music went viral should take this tour. This historic venue used to be the home to the Grand Ole Opry and their self-guided tours give visitors a chance to see the architecture, layout, and famous memorabilia that still graces the place. Visitors can even have their own impromptu performances on the famous stage. It's an absolute must for country music fans and historians.
Sometimes a tour is far more about the guide than it is about the destination. When it comes to charisma and charm, visitors really can't ask for more than the leaders at NashTrash Tours. Hosted by guides who have little regard for political correctness and plenty of reverence for irreverence, visitors have three themes to choose from. Whether a visitor is looking for musical history, food facts, or just wants a few laughs while they relax on a guided tour bus, there's something for everyone.
Nashville Food Tours
Nashville is full of fun and has plenty to do. The food scene has grown over the past decade and continues to become one of the highlights of the city. If you want to discover what Nashville has to offer, you can, with the Tennessee Bites. They offer Nashville Food Tours, which provide the perfect opportunity to walk, talk and taste everything Music City offers.
As you take your tour, you'll get to sample food from six different spots. Along with the sampling, you will have a guide sharing all kinds of knowledge about the city, the restaurants in the city and the history behind it all. This is a unique journey that at the Country Music Hall of Fame and makes its way down Broadway to downtown Nashville. You will not only learn about the food scene, but also about many historic landmarks.
If you're new to the city, this type of tour is perfect for introducing you to what Music City is all about. As you discover some of the unique foods, you can start building your own list of restaurants to visit, as you search for your new favorite. You won't be sent home hungry, but you also want be left in a food coma. Most people are more than satisfied at the end, but if you're not, you can visit one of the restaurants for a full meal after.
Tours are held Tuesday through Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Your entry fee includes all the food and water served throughout the tour. Alcohol is available for purchase through the restaurants, as well. The cost is $42 per person. Tours are held rain or shine and it's recommended that you wear comfortable shoes you can walk in. The tour will meet across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and once you've registered, you'll receive an email with the exact meeting location.
Music City Bites & Sites
Sometimes a city doesn't come to life until a visitor can experience it through their taste buds. This tour makes the list because participants have a chance to try a number of different foods while learning about the history behind their new favorite culinary creations. From catfish to gumbo to pralines, it's a veritable feast for the senses. Not only is the food good, but the personality and knowledge of the guides are off the charts. It's three hours well spent!
Not everyone comes to Nashville, TN with an agenda, but even the ones who play it fast and loose can still have a good time on a guided tour. These suggestions take their jobs seriously, even if they don't take much of anything else seriously. They're perfect for people who don't want to spend hours planning out their own good time!
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