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Your ultimate guide to tours of Nashville

Explore Music City through its history, food, drink, and art on these tours.

A pilot flies a helicopter over the Cumberland River and downtown Nashville.

See the city from the sky.

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Whether you’re a lifelong Nashvillian longing to embrace your inner tourist, or you have a limited amount of time in the the 615, here are 17 tours guaranteed to show you the sights you want to see.

Note: Price estimates are based on individual adult rates available at the time of publishing. Check each company’s website to see current pricing.

🚁 Top tours

Helistar | $99-$184/person

Take in the Music City skyline from a birds-eye view on this helicopter tour.

Old Town Trolley Tours | $42.95-$90.90/person

This Nashville tour staple includes hop-on-hop-off stops at 13 of the city’s biggest attractions like the Nashville Farmers Market and Centennial Park.

Free Tours By Foot | Free

If you’re searching for a budget-friendly way to learn more about the 615, try the self-guided walking tours or the pay-what-you-like tours led by a local, which explore landmarks like The Arcade, L&C Tower, and more.

iRide Nashville | $54-$75/person

If you’re on a time crunch or already got your steps in for the day, consider booking a Segway experience through downtown, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and Germantown.

The Music City Brew Hop trolley pictured in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Sip in the sights.

Photo by Music City Brew Hop

🍴 Eat and drink

Music City Brew Hop | $39-$65/person

This hop off trolley’s brewery loop covers 15 miles and includes unlimited rides the day of your ticket.

Walk Eat Nashville | $99/person + taxes and ticketing fee

This locally-owned-and-operated tour grants you a behind-the-scenes experience at top-rated restaurants in 12 South, East Nashville, or downtown.

Mint Julep Nashville | $89-$129/person

Choose the Jack Daniel’s Tour and tasting or the Barbecue, Beer & Bourbon Foodie Adventure, which includes a distillery tour and tasting, plus a beer flight with local barbecue.

Nashville Food Tours | $75-$99/person

This agency combines a mix of food and history as you get more acquainted with Nashville neighborhoods — tours visit five different food and drink hotspots.

A screenshot of the Music Row Neighborhood Tour on Nashville Sites' website.

A screenshot of the Music Row tour’s first stop.

Photo by NASHtoday

📚 All in on history

Nashville Sites | Free

Take a walking or driving tour at your own pace with these recommended stops, which explore themes across specific neighborhoods, women’s history, civil rights, and more. Pro tip: The tours include audio narration and GPS mapping.

Nashville History On Tour | $600-$1,500/person

Tour guide and historian David Ewing is a ninth-generation Nashvillian showcasing the city’s past through specialized tours including famous hotels, fashion history, inventions, architecture, and more.

United Street Tours | $99/person

This historical walking tour is led and curated by locals with a specialized focus on slavery, freedom, civil rights, culture, and social justice.

Nashville Downtown Partnership History and Architecture Tour | Free

If you like to march to the beat of your own drum, build your own downtown tour with these suggestions from Nashville Downtown Partnership, which include footnotes about each stop.

A group of women pose for a photo in front of a mural in The Gulch.

Document the occasion, of course.

Photo by Photowalk Nashville

🎨 Art is all around

Photowalk Nashville | $49-$500/person

Photowalk Nashville blends a photoshoot experience with taking in the sights of some of Nashville’s most iconic murals. Packages are catered to bachelorette parties, couples, friend groups, and even branding and content creation sessions.

Nashville Mural Tours | $50-$600/person

Ride along in a climate-controlled Ford Transit van and view artwork in Nashville neighborhoods from The Gulch and North Nashville to East and downtown — tours last ~2.5 hours and you will walk 1-3 blocks at several locations for photos.

The General Jackson Showboat cruises down the Cumberland River with the pedestrian bridge and downtown skyline in the background.

Cruise the Cumberland on the General Jackson Showboat.

🌊 Cruise the Cumberland

General Jackson Showboat | $41-$135/person

Choose from a selection of daytime and nighttime cruises with different shows paired with a Southern-inspired dinner.

River Queen Voyages | $49-$88/person

For a more intimate, casual Cumberland experience, ride a captained pedal pontoon or opt to choose between multiple kayak trip options.

Cumberland River Cruises | $350 for 2.5 hours, $50 for each additional hour | April-October

Take in scenic views, the sunset, and even fall colors on this private boat charter on Old Hickory Lake — pricing includes the boat, gas, and captain.

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