Walking Tours - Nashville

April 26, 2022

Southern charm, world-class live music, and plenty of Civil War history await those lucky enough to visit Music City USA. And the best way to tour the Tennessee state capitol? By foot!

Follow along as we take you through the best walking tours of Nashville.

From the Grand Ole Opry to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville sets the stage for scintillating sightseeing. Travel down Church street and stare in awe at the Egyptian revival-style architecture of the Downton Presbyterian Church.

Ditch the bright lights for bluebells when you escape the city confines and observe the beauty of antebellum estates. Or hit the pavement searching for the hottest honky tonks or fried chicken. With so many tours to explore, you’ll be dying to extend your stay in Powder City.

Time to swap those cowboy boots for sneakers as we wander through this haven of country, bluegrass, and rock. 

people dining at Skull's Rainbow Room Printers Alley Nashville, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Skull's Rainbow Room Printers Alley via Facebook

Sightseeing Tours

Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

Get those endorphins flowing when you prime yourself for a two-hour Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour. This fully immersive guided tour is packed with local flair, landmarks, and spellbinding storytelling, a perfect introduction to Music City USA.

Peer into a Pre-Prohibition saloon, see the spot where Andrew Jackson fought historic duels and raise a glass to Ryman Auditorium. Sports fans will relish views of the Tennessee Titans stadium, while country fanatics will surely recognize the Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

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Tootsie’s is one of the city’s most notorious honky tonks. Crash into music history when you step inside the seedy Skull’s Rainbow Room, a favorite watering hole of Johnny Cash and Little Richard. Snap some photos of the Chet Atkins statue on Cherry street, and soak in the massive Tennessee State Capitol Building. Other incredible points of interest on this tour include:

  • Ernest Tubb Record Shop
  • The George Jones
  • Fort Nashborough
  • Printer's Alley
  • Downtown Presbyterian Church
  • And more!

Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

Give your barking dogs a rest when you reserve a spot aboard the Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour. Instead, take in the quirky charm and history of the ‘Athens of the South’ in a bold new way when you trolley through Ryman Auditorium, Lower Broadway, Vanderbilt University, and more.

Choose to stay put and experience the entire two-hour narrated Nashville tour, or hop on/off at will to explore the city’s vibrant atmosphere and premier attractions. With 14 Old Town Trolley stops, you’ll uncover hidden corners and venues many tourists never see. Keep your eyes peeled as you won't want to miss a moment of educational narration or local fun facts.

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Lean into the history of the state's capital as your guide covers its journey from the frontier fort to the "Country Music Capital of the World.” Snap endless photos of legendary locales such as the Bluebird Café, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Bicentennial Mall State Park. Equal parts modern and classic, Nashville also serves as the setting for many hit movies and TV shows.

Try to stump your tour companions as you wager a guess on which blockbusters were shot here—wind down your day of Cashville cruising with a stroll through the Belmont and Vanderbilt University campuses.

exterior of Country Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennesse, USA

photo credit: Downtown Nashville via Facebook

Belmont Mansion

Swear you’ve been whisked away to Tuscany when you take in the enchantment of the Belmont Mansion. One of Nashville’s top tourist attractions, this over 170-year-old Italian Villa was built as a summer reprieve for the affluent Acklens.

One of Nashville’s wealthiest couples at the time, this 19th-century estate now operates as a museum and is part of the Belmont University campus. Your general admission ticket allows you to self-guide your way through the palatial estate after a brief introduction from a tour guide in the Grand Salon.

An edifice steeped in history, over its lifetime, the Belmont has served as a summer home for socialites, a temporary headquarters for the Union army, and as an all-girls college.

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Architecture aficionados will fall in love with Belmont’s Mediterranean and Antebellum influences. Indeed Acklen’s original property included gardens, an art gallery, a bowling alley, and a zoo.

Those who desire an even deeper dive into this National Historic Site can enquire about fully guided tours offered by trained docents.

exterior view of Belmont Mansion and Nashville Historic House Museum on a sunny day in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Belmont Mansion via Facebook

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Equal parts historical mansion and tranquil oasis, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is a lush escape located 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. History buffs will be in heaven as they traverse over 1,000 acres of the seventh president’s former home and final resting place.

The Hermitage provides the perfect afternoon adventure, packed full of trees, floral gardens, winding hiking trails, and awe-inspiring natural scenery. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch, or those 21 and over can indulge in discounted wine tasting at the Natchez Hills Winery.

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Want to go beyond the Grounds Pass? To tour the mansion, farmlands, tombs, or plantation fields, you can reserve a specialized tour.

interior of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage featuring colorful painted walls, busts, a chandellier, stairs in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage via Facebook

Art and Culture Tours

Ryman Auditorium

Musicians from all over the world flock to the Mother Church, and it's not hard to see why. Ryman Auditorium is more than just a Nashville landmark. This heralded stage is a living, breathing piece of music history. Everyone from Elvis, Paul Simon, and the Wu-Tang Clan have played at this incomparable venue.

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Built in 1892 and originally designed as the Union Gospel Tabernacle for evangelist Reverend Sam Jones, Ryman would go on to achieve international musical status. Home to the Grand Ole Opry program, it was here where both bluegrass and country music found their audience.

Johnny Cash met June Carter at the Ryman, and countless other performers snuck through their alleyway into Tootsies. So embrace the backstage rush when you book your very own Ryman tour today.

exterior view of Ryman Auditorium on a sunny day in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Take a trip to the iconic Ryman Auditorium.

Frist Art Museum

Take a break from your wild nights of whiskey sipping when you hightail it to the Frist Art Museum for some creative inspiration. For over 20 years, the Frist has served as an educational non-profit art center. Choose from a number of group or individual tour options and experience everything from large-scale photography to Cuban modernism.

Revel in thought-provoking contemporary exhibits on loan from Miami and LA, or appreciate the works from Nashville local artists and teachers. There is always something new to admire, from medieval art to the infamous Rose sculpture on 65th street at this non-collecting museum.

After you absorb your fill of art, make a pit stop at the museum's lovely gift shop. An ideal place to pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir, the store sells an array of artisanal goods, art prints, books, clothing, pottery, and more. 

The Johnny Cash Museum

Calling all fans of the Man in Black! Jump right into the ‘Ring of Fire’ when you tour the #1 music museum in the world. One of the few establishments to secure a coveted AAA Gem Rating, the Johnny Cash Museum contains the world’s largest collection of Cash memorabilia and artifacts.

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A must-stop for any music lover, this ‘House of Cash’ features everything from his own bespoke cowboy boots to gold records commemorating his first single. Spend an afternoon ‘walking the line’ through his life and legacy, and even take your own photos with the ‘Green Screen Experience.’

Grab a t-shirt or poster of the icon who put Folsom Prison on the map before honoring your hankering for BBQ next door.

Johnny Cash’s Bar & BBQ serves up both live music and stick to your ribs' southern fare. Order house favorites such as the smoky Baby Back Ribs, Southern Fried Chicken, and dreamy cobbler a la mode.  It’s the perfect place to refuel for a night on Broadway Street. 

people viewing exhibit inside Johnny Cash Museum Nashville, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: The Johnny Cash Museum via Facebook

Grand Ole Opry House Guided Backstage Tour in Nashville

Take a peek into the grandeur of the Opry and check one more item off your Nashville bucket list when you stroll through the city’s premier music venue. This one-hour exclusive Grand Ole Opry House Guided Backstage Tour allows you to walk in the hallowed footsteps of icons like Minnie Pearl and Carrie Underwood.

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Let your expert guide regale you with country music’s most fiery stories as you discover the antics that occur before curtain call. Heavy hitters such as Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and Garth Brooks have all performed here and stepped into the famed wooden circle.

Tour participants can walk through the artist's entrance, stop by Studio A, and check out the performers’ dressing rooms. Then, depending on the tour you reserve, you can soak in the state-of-the-art Circle Room theater experience hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood or even grab your own 15 minutes of fame in the spotlight on the legendary Opry stage.

crowd sitting in Grand Ole Opry taking tour in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Grand Ole Opry / Facebook

Pub Crawls and Food Tours

The Ville Tours Pub Crawl

Moonshine, music, and plenty of honky tonk fun await those brave enough to take on Nashville after dark. Pack that camera, as you’ll want to commemorate every boozy moment of The Ville Tours Pub Crawl. Leave your evening’s festivities to the experts as you sit back and relax on Nashville’s #1 all-inclusive pub crawl.

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Raise a glass to an epic night as you kick off your two-hour narrated walking tour through the Lower Broadway entertainment district. Wind your way through Printers Alley, stopping in the historic Gin Mill for a sip of speakeasy charm.

Let your hair down at the Honky Tonks on Broadway as you sample a variety of specialty cocktails, Tennessee Moonshine, and local craft brews.

Ditch your wallet, but remember your ID as this crawl includes all drinks, a light snack, and a unique Nashville Collectors Gift Bag. Hold on to your special Mason Jar and fanny pack gift as you are treated to hours of incredible storytelling and perhaps even free line dancing at Nashville's Famous Wild Horse Saloon.

glowing Printer's Alley welcome sign between two buildings in Printer's Alley, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Printer’s Alley Nashville via Facebook

Music City Pub Crawl

Mix and mingle in an entirely new way when joining the Music City Pub Crawl. Inject your evening with a sprinkle of Nashville’s infectious energy when you explore the city’s bar and music scene with a real local. Your 2.5-hour Music City Pub Crawl walk tour contains 4-5 pub stops along 2nd Avenue and Printers Alley.

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Forgo tourist traps for the real thing when your gregarious guide leads the way. No drinking is required on this festive tour. However, you’ll be in high spirits as you partake in exclusive drink specials, fun toasts, and plenty of activities.

Listen up as you learn all about the city’s thrilling history and historic buildings off-Broadway.

Snap endless selfies at the establishment’s endless photo ops, or have your helpful guide step in to capture that perfect shot—an ideal group event for any bachelorette, family reunion, or girls’ weekend.

angled photo of entrance of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge showing view of street in Nashville, Tennessee, USA

photo credit: Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge via Facebook

Nashville Secret Small-Group Food Walking Tour

While we can’t do much for weary legs, we can assuage that rumbling stomach with a Nashville Secret Small-Group Food Walking Tour. Get ready to feast on southern delicacies and gourmet gastronomy.

Dine on crispy hot chicken, succulent pulled pork, and more. But listen up as your fellow foodie guide educates you on Nashville’s thriving culinary scene. Expand your palate in comfort, as this intimate experience is capped at only ten guests.

Kick-off your epicurean day of eats at 975 Main Street. You’ll pique your appetite with a juicy pulled pork sandwich.

Test your tolerance for spice with some fiery fried chicken. But, save some room as you’ll want to devour the ‘secret dish’ palate cleanser.

End your day on the sweetest note with some mouthwatering morsels of creamy banana pudding. Or try their tender, flaky biscuits with local jam. 

Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour

Combine your dueling loves of music and food when you indulge in a Music City Food & Sightseeing Walking Tour. Unearth the sweet and sometimes spicy history and cuisine of Nashville. Linger over bites of Southern pralines and smoked pork. Meanwhile, your loquacious guide expounds on the city’s history, landmarks, and architecture.

Sip on a specialty cocktail, stop by Printers Alley and even check out the Country Music Hall of Fame. Chow down on BBQ, cornbread, whiskey glazed bacon donuts, and more. Meanwhile, learning about how generations of families came to create this iconic fare. Other tour highlights include stops at the Mother Church and Hatch Show Print. As well as the legendary woodblock printing company.

a row of three Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches with drinks and fries in the background

photo credit: gettyimages

Neon lights, the gentle strums of guitars, and plenty of moonshine make Nashville a destination on everyone's radar. From the rural beauty of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage to the sparkling waters of the rushing Cumberland River. Music City USA is a treasure trove of Southern excitement.

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Make the most out of your Nashville getaway when you take in Music Row, Ryman Auditorium, and more on foot. Choose to relive your passion for ‘Walk the Line’ at the Johnny Cash Museum or uncover the deliciousness of a Bushwacker on a rowdy pub crawl.

With an abundance of down-home appeal and a pinch of country twang. It’s impossible not to fall for the rhythm and romance of Nashville. 

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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