Autumn is a beautiful time to head toNashville, especially if you have time during your trip to go on a couple of tours or catch a show. Below are walking and bus tours that will give you a comprehensive experience of the city’s landmarks and history, and you’ll have the opportunity to seeNashvilledressed in its fall colors. Tour the area at your own pace with the hop-on/hop-off bus tour, or allow a guide to lead you along an “unpublished” route and insight of the city. After spending the day venturing about, catch a show at the Ryman Auditorium which now features bluegrass performances on certain nights, in honor of the genre that was first heard on the Ryman stage.
Looking to tour the city ofNashville, but not sure where to begin? Consider hopping aboard the Music City Trolley Hop and let the Gray Line Bus and Sightseeing company provide transportation to the top destinations in the city. The first hop-on/hop-off tour inNashville, a narrated bus ride will hit attractions such as Music Row and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and guests will have the opportunity to either stay on the bus till the next stops, or hop-off to explore the area further. Bus passes are valid for 24 hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to navigate through the city and different activities at your own pace. The expert guides on each bus will provide entertaining commentary as well as an insight in to the fascinating history of Nashville.
Experience an entertaining night of great music at the Ryman Auditorium where the genre of Bluegrasswas born when 21-year-old Earl Scruggs stepped on the stage with a 5 string banjo and three finger roll. Singing into the WSM radio microphone, Scruggs brought a new kind of music to audiences in 1945, and music from him as well as artists like Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise, and Cedric Rainwater have made it an extremely successful one. Continuing the tradition of when bluegrass was first heard, the auditorium has created Ryman Bluegrass Nights which showcases modern bluegrass performers, paying honor to the innovative musicians that revolutionized the genre’s sound. This is a show that the whole family will stomp their feet and smile along with.
An “unpublished” tour basically means that the information presented by guides on this tour do not hide any truths about the city of Nashville, but rather give an accurate depiction of its past. While most tours simply glorify the city with stories of heroes, Southern Belles, and romance, the Unpublished Walking Tour takes the liberty to also include tales of evil villains, tragedy, war, and brothels. Guests will get to take a “Behind the Scenes” tour of the Ryman Auditorium, and hear crazy anecdotes about legends like Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams. Depending on your guide, you may even learn about some of the haunting ghost accounts that surround certain landmarks.