Downtown Nashville: Historic Sightseeing Walking Tour
1,247 Ratings
Step back in time and explore the rich history of Downtown Nashville on a 120-minute walking tour. Discover the stories of riverboat gamblers, pioneers, honky-tonk outlaws, and music legends that shaped the city into the iconic Music City it is today.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Really Entertaining Tours - We start at ground zero of the Nashville Honky Tonk Universe!
  • Ryman Auditorium - The very reason we are called Music City. Welcome to the Mother Church of Country Music.
  • Tootsies Orchid Lounge - The World’s Most Famous Honky-tonk!
  • Ernest Tubb Record Shop - The indubitable stepping stone to getting on the Opry. Ever see “Coal Miner’s Daughter?” Now you’ll see where it was filmed.
  • The Johnny Cash Museum - The one and only Man in Black.
  • Goo Goo Shop - Peanuts, Carmel, Chocolate, and the first combination candy bar ever sold in the United States.
  • The George Jones - Possum, No Show, whatever you call him…he was a legend.
  • Fort Nashborough - For 8,000 years the Cherokee lived undisturbed until… See one of the first Anglo settlements west of the Appalachians.
  • Printer’s Alley - World Famous Printer’s Alley. Haunt, hangout, and den of depravity, Printers Alley hosted from Hendrix to Cash, from McGraw to McCartney - the world famous made this alley world famous.
  • Skull’s Rainbow Room - Andy Griffith, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Buck Owens, Tim McGraw. If we told you every story we knew about this place, we’d never leave!
  • Downtown Nashville - Welcome to Woolworth on Fifth! The Art District of Nashville was once ground zero for the Civil Rights Sit-ins of the 1960s, and we do our best to help you (re)live the pain, struggle and ultimate triumph of the Nashville Freedom Riders, who refused to kowtow to the unjust laws of the Jim Crow South.
  • Tennessee State Capitol - The Tennessee State Capitol.
  • Downtown Presbyterian Church - One of the only examples of Egyptian Revival architecture you will see in the United States, in a church! A gem in the heart of the city.
  • Ryman Auditorium - Back to where it all began. The Soul of Nashville. The Mother Church! And it’s seedy underbelly…Tootsie’s…all rolled into one. A tour for both sinners and saints, a tour for all of us.
What's Included
  • Magnificent storytelling
  • 2-Hour Live Walking Tour of Nashville
  • Unlimited recommendations on where to go, what to do, and how to make your vacation your most memorable
  • Excellent overview of Nashville for first-time visitors
  • Professional & Entertaining Guide
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Embark on a journey back to an era where riverboat wagerers, daring settlers, and rowdy honky-tonk renegades reigned supreme. During a time when Native American fighters, powerful record makers, visionaries, and innovators battled for control of what would eventually become the unique Music City. Experience President Andrew Jackson’s most notable duel, learn how Chet Atkins rescued Country Music from imminent ruin, and join as Johnny Cash makes history on the Grand Ole Opry stage…just before getting booted off. Prepare yourself for a 120-minute adventure through Nashville’s renowned Historic District.

  • Tours must have 6 people or subject to reschedule or cancellation with refund
  • Please include a CELL PHONE number for text messages regarding changes, including rain, or rescheduling
501 Broadway
Meets at Bridgestone Arena marquee (address 501 Broadway, southwest corner of 5th & Broadway). Stand right by that electronic sign.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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May 28, 2024
Excellent! - My partner and I did Ryan's tour last week. It was 10/10. Lots of enthusiasm and jokes along the way. Read other reviews of a similar nature. If you're in Nashville and need a 2 hour tour to get a feel for the place, this is your guy!
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May 26, 2024
A good and fun introduction to Nashville. - Ryan was a knowledgable and entertaining tour guide. He also gave us some good tips about what to do and where to eat following the tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the day.
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May 22, 2024
Worth doing. - Very entertaining guide. Knew his stuff but made it interesting. Well organized and with clear joining instructions. Complemented the trolley bus tour we did the previous day.
Review provided by Viator
May 17, 2024
Entertaining & Informative - Ryan was entertaining and informative! Loved the tour unexpectedly since we’d taken a tour the day before that had a lot of the same stops however Ryan was much more knowledgeable and funny! Loved it
Review provided by Viator
May 16, 2024
Walking tour - Guide was very knowledgeable, engaging, entertaining and amusing. Good route with a mixture of history and culture. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.
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May 9, 2024
Learnt so much! Ryan was an exceptional tour guide! - Ryan was one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had the pleasure of being guided by. He was engaging, funny, and insanely knowledgeable; on top of this he had a very endearing and fun way of talking us through the stories and facts of Nashville. I was super interested in the history of Nashville. Would recommend this tour to anyone.
Review provided by Viator
May 8, 2024
Quality - Well worth the 2 hour walk really informative I now know some of the history ot Nashville 👍 no more words needed
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May 5, 2024
Very good tour even in bad weather conditions - Ryan is an absolute professional - shortly after we started our tour, it started to rain heavily. He did not let it stop him from continuing as best he could and gave us as much information as possible. After a good hour we stopped. Everyone was offered the opportunity to come back the next day or get a refund. What we had learned up to that point already gives an idea of his extensive knowledge.
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May 7, 2024
Informative - Lots of information, Ryan never stopped talking!! Enjoyed the tour. Lots of historical stories and facts.
Review provided by Viator
May 16, 2024
Guided tour ok - Got a good 2 hour walk in Nashville. The tour guide was non stop talking and made jokes which didn’t really entertain the group. He seemed to not know how to read the crowd. His stories were mixed with fake stories so hard to really absorb true details.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
July 2024