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How to Spend 3 Days in Nashville

How to Spend 3 Days in Nashville

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

Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour

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Explore Nashville with this popular 90-minute trolley tour. See over 100 points of interest with a stop at Bicentennial Square/Farmers’ Market. Learn about the famous and popular Nashville sights as you travel with live onboard commentary.
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Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
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Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission

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Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capital of Blues and home to some of the best barbecue you can put in your mouth. 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.
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  • 15 hours
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Grand Ole Opry House Guided Backstage Tour in Nashville

Grand Ole Opry House Guided Backstage Tour in Nashville

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Go behind the curtain at Nashville’s premier country music stage, the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry, on this guided backstage tour. Walk in the footsteps of countless country music superstars and get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this legendary venue and show that made country music famous. This is a bucket-list item experience for all fans of country music.
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Admission

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Admission

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Explore the best of country music’s past and present with this Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum ticket. 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.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville

Civil War Tour with Lotz House, Carter House & Carnton Admission from Nashville

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Step back in time to 1864 and the Civil War’s Battle of Franklin on this full-day 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.
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  • 7 hours
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Nashville's RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket Combo

Nashville's RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket Combo

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Step into Nashville’s musical history on a guided tour of RCA Studio B that includes admission to 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 tour of RCA Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame, in the historic heart of Nashville.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville

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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.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Downtown Nashville Pub Crawl Walking Tour

Downtown Nashville Pub Crawl Walking Tour

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Discover great bars along Second Avenue in Nashville during this guided pub crawl. 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.
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Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
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Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart

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See more of Nashville than just the music sights on this street art tour by private golf cart. With a guide, cruise along city streets, stopping at murals for photo ops. Select a morning, afternoon, or evening departure time when booking.
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Historic Nashville Tour with Andrew Jackson's Hermitage & Tennessee State Museum

Historic Nashville Tour with Andrew Jackson's Hermitage & Tennessee State Museum

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Take a journey back in time to visit Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, Tennessee State Museum, and a drive through Mount Olivet Cemetery. Take a guided tour of each to learn about their history and prominence, stopping for a Southern-style buffet lunch (own expense) in between. Included entrance fees and transportation from Nashville make for a hassle-free visit.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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