How to Spend 3 Days in Nashville

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With three days in Nashville, you can sample Music City’s top experiences—from studio visits to soulful cuisine—and add a day trip into the rolling hills beyond the city. Find whiskey stills, sprawling plantations, and Civil War battlefields as you use the following tips to make the most out of 72 hours in Nashville.

Day 1: Nashville’s Greatest Hits
Since many Nashville highlights are packed into an easy-to-explore downtown, you can get your bearings in just a morning of sightseeing. Choosing a hop-on hop-off bus or trolley tour means you don’t have to deal with driving and parking—and with a guide sharing inside tips, it’s a great way to discover where to visit later on.
 
After a classic Nashville lunch of barbecue or fiery hot chicken, scoop up tickets to one of the city’s musical attractions. The Grand Ole Opry still echoes with some of country music’s most iconic performances, while the self-guided tour of the Ryman Auditorium features music history presented by celebrity hosts. More reel-to-reel than rhinestones, RCA’s Studio B is a glimpse of the process behind the music, and tours feature the spaces where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Willie Nelson created some of Music City’s most hummable tunes.
 
Day 2: Beyond the City Limits
Pick a day trip from Nashville to taste Tennessee whiskey, walk Civil War battle lines, or tour grand plantations. With so much history in the Nashville area, there’s plenty of overlap between Civil War sites and other historic destinations, and many full-day tours combine a little bit of everything for a whirlwind introduction to Tennessee history. 

For example, you can learn the legend behind Jack Daniel’s distillery in historical Lynchburg; there’s a lot to see here even if you don’t drink whiskey, but aficionados will love capping off the tour with a Tennessee whiskey toast. To peer into the heritage of the old South, head into the green hills of Tennessee for a guided plantation tour: see Andrew Jackson’s country retreat, visit a onetime thoroughbred farm, and walk the halls of historic mansions. 
 
Day 3: Take a Deeper Dive
Make your last day in Nashville count by going in-depth to explore the side of the city that interests you most. Whether you’re tasting local food, taking in the music scene, checking out breweries, or interested in history, guided tours of the city take you beneath the surface.
 
Since food tours and brewery tours explore some of Nashville’s most colorful neighborhoods, you’ll see firsthand what the city is eating and drinking—and learn about the personalities at the cutting edge of Nashville trends. If you’re here for the music, brush up on your local celebrity lore by visiting star-studded neighborhoods and hearing the latest gossip. Whatever you choose, don’t skip town before you sample some of the city’s legendary nightlife. Spend your final evening in Nashville hitting honky-tonks, cruising the Cumberland River, or hopping from bar to bar.
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Nashville Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Easily explore Nashville on your own with this convenient hop-on-hop-off trolley ticket. Create your own itinerary and go at your own pace with trolleys coming every 20 minutes to the 15 stops around the city. Learn about the famous and popular Nashville sights as you travel with live onboard commentary.
  • Duration: 1.5 to 8 hrs
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US$38.18
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  • Duration: 1.5 to 8 hrs
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Memphis Day Trip with VIP Access to Graceland from Nashville

Explore Memphis, with VIP access to Graceland, during this 15-hour day trip from Nashville. See the home of Elvis Presley, aka the King, and take a guided 1-hour tour of Sun Studios. With round-trip hotel transportation included, you can skip the bother of renting a car and relax on the journey there and back.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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  • Duration: 15 hours
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Historic Tennessee - Southern Plantations and Presidents

Take a journey back in time to visit two of the most extraordinary and historic homes in the United States on this 7-hour tour of Tennessee. Visit the Hermitage, built as the home of the country’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Stop for lunch at historic Hermitage House Smorgasbord, a full southern buffet, then travel to Belle Meade Mansion, formerly a world-renowned thoroughbred horse farm. The day ends with a wine tasting at the Winery at Belle Meade Plantation. Transportation, admissions and a downtown Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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US$79.00
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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RCA Studio B Combo Tour

Step into Nashville’s musical history on a guided tour of RCA Studio B that includes admission the 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 2-hour tour of RCA Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame, in the historic heart of Nashville.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$40.95
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Civil War and Plantation Tour from Nashville

Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this guided, 7-hour tour from Nashville. The Battle of Franklin was one of the worst disasters of the war for the Confederate States Army. On this tour, see the bullet and cannon ball holes as well as the battle-scarred floors that still bear witness to the carnage of this dark time in history. Spend time in the town of Franklin to shop, eat and view its historic sites. Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the best of country music’s past and present with this Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum coupon. Situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, this beautifully modern facility is known as the “Smithsonian of country music,” offering 350,000 square feet of dynamic, state-of-the-art galleries, archival storage, educational classrooms, retail stores, restaurants and special event space — all with a stunning view of the rest of Music City. It’s a must-see venue for all fans of country music.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Taste of Nashville Walking Tour

Introduce your taste buds to Nashville during this 2.5-hour walking tour through downtown Nashville. Over the course of a 1-mile (1.6-km) stroll, stop at five local food purveyors for tastings.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Nashville Evening Tour with BBQ Dinner

Watch Nashville's night lights come to life on this 4.5-hour sightseeing tour around Music City. Cruise 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, all lit up for an entertaining evening. Enjoy free time to explore Honky Tonk Row’s various clubs, bars and live music events. And, of course, no visit to Nashville would be complete without dinner at a local barbecue joint. Nashville hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Ryman Auditorium Self-Guided Experience

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.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Nashville Pub Crawl

Discover great bars along Second Avenue in Nashville during a 2.5-hour pub crawl led by an entertaining guide. 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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US$15.00
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Nashville Celebrity Homes Tour

See at least 10 celebrity homes in and around Nashville on this 3-hour tour. Traveling by comfortable van with a guide, you'll explore the city and surrounding countryside, admiring houses where Music City's rich and famous live. This tour is limited to 14 people for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$74.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart

See more of Nashville than just the music sights on this 1.5-hour street art tour by private golf cart. With a guide, you'll cruise along city streets, stopping at murals for photo ops. Select a morning, afternoon, or evening departure time when booking.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$55.00
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Day Trip to Jack Daniels Distillery and Lynchburg with Lunch

Take a guided day trip from Nashville to historic Lynchberg TN. Tour the Jack Daniel Distillery and see where the famous whiskey gets its start. You will see the stills, rickyard, the charcoal mellowing and barrel room. After that, taste five varieties of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Lunch follows at Mary Bobo’s Boarding House, a Southern U.S. culinary institution. Enjoy time at your leisure exploring Lynchberg before returning to Nashville.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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