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Tennessee State Capitol Tours and Tickets

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The Tennessee State Capitol stands tall on Nashville’s highest hill as a symbol of its time, virtually unchanged since its construction in 1859. The structure is the masterpiece of notable architect William Strickland, who passed away during construction and was laid to rest in the building. The National Historic Landmark was built in Greek Revival style and is one of few state capitols without a dome. It was modeled after an Ionic Greek temple. Though classic in design, at the time it was considered innovative in construction.

The capitol building is beautiful to see and historic to visit, with statues of many important political figures as well as the graves of President James K. Polk and his wife. Its walls are lined with beautiful murals, frescoes, and paintings, while its halls are lit by ornate chandeliers. It is still in use by the Tennessee state government today. It is the oldest operating state capitol in the country.

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600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery

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Enjoy a little bit of everything during this unique, small-group combo tour in Nashville: tick off top landmarks in downtown Nashville—from the Tennessee State Capitol to famous honky tonk bars— in a comfortable golf cart, get a peek at the city’s Instagrammable murals, and taste locally brewed moonshine, whiskey, and vodka in two distilleries.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

Discover Nashville City Tour with Entry to Ryman & Country Music Hall of Fame

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See the sights and sounds of Nashville on this guided sightseeing tour around Music City. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then enjoy the ride. Get an educational and entertaining live narrative from the experienced guide while rolling 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. Admission is included to Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus

Best of Nashville City Tour on Double Decker Bus

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Get oriented with Nashville on this quick "New Nashville" tour, which was designed to show off the best of the city for those short on time or who only want an introduction before exploring more on their own. Traveling by open-top double-decker bus, you'll pass by more than 100 landmarks and attractions, such as Ryman Auditorium and Vanderbilt University.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville

Guided Segway Tour of Downtown Nashville

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See more of the Music City in less time on a tour of downtown Nashville, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Choose from two tour durations and with a small group limited to 15, master the basic techniques of your self-balancing Segway before setting off to explore the city. Tick off landmarks like the Country Music Hall of Fame, Tennessee State Capitol, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (approx 15 min)

Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (approx 15 min)

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This is a fun and luxurious way to get a whistle-stop tour of Nashville’s top sights. Instead of being stuck in traffic, ascend into the sky in a helicopter and see the best of Music City from above. Along the way, listen to commentary about the sights you pass and fly over lots of key city landmarks in a short space of time—such as the Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee State Capital, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (approx 15 min)

Evening, Sunset, or Night Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville (approx 15 min)

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Swap large group bus tours for a more intimate and luxurious way of ticking off lots of top Nashville sights—an evening helicopter tour. Choose a time slot to suit your preferences, and see aerial views of Nashville and its glorious sunset, or the sparkling city lights at night. The flight passes a variety of key landmarks such as Sylvan Park, the Ryman Auditorium, the Bridgestone Arena, and the home of the Tennessee Titans—the Nissan Stadium.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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The Ghosts of Nashville Walking Tour

The Ghosts of Nashville Walking Tour

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See a new perspective on Nashville on this delightfully spooky, after-dark walking tour. Meet at the Tennessee State Capitol, set off with just a small group for company, and follow your guide: you’ll see local landmarks ranging from supposedly haunted churches and music venues to drinking dens and more. As you go, hear eerie ghost stories, and learn more about Nashville, from the Civil War up to the modern day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Nashville at Night-Time Trolley Tour with Photo Stops

Nashville at Night-Time Trolley Tour with Photo Stops

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Watch Music City light up after dark on a nighttime bus tour of the city by one of our Traditional Trolley's. Take in Nashville’s key sites, hear stories about Nashville’s colorful history, and hop off for photo stops at several locations along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour
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Downtown Nashville Guided Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Explore Nashville’s honky-tonk history and most colorful characters on a walking tour of downtown with a storytelling guide. Find the city’s landmarks, from a pre-Prohibition saloon to the place where Andrew Jackson fought historic duels, and see the streets where musical legends were made.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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The Murder in Music City Walking Ghost Tour

The Murder in Music City Walking Ghost Tour

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Ideally suited for true crime aficionados, this history-filled, evening walking tour delves deep into Nashville’s brutal past: mobs, murders, hauntings, and brothels. Learn the hidden histories behind the Tennessee State Capitol, listen to stories of Nashville’s Red Light District at the Hard Rock Cafe, and visit iconic Ernest Tubb Record Shop, once a Civil War-era hospital.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Champagne Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (approx 15 min)

Champagne Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (approx 15 min)

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This is an excellent way to make the most of limited time in Nashville and get your bearings of the city at the same time. Rise above Music City in a climate-controlled helicopter and catch a glimpse of a variety of key landmarks—such as the Bridgestone Arena, Downtown Nashville, the Tennessee State Capitol, and Music Row. To make the experience even more luxurious, champagne is provided during the flight.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods
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Guided Bicycle Tour of Downtown Nashville and Neighborhoods

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Cycle the historic streets and scenic bike paths of Nashville on this half-day bike tour. With your guide in the lead, enjoy sights such as the State Capitol, Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and others. Pedal past hidden gems that you'll want to visit for food, drink, and music, later in your Nashville stay. Riders of all ability levels welcome; use of bicycle and helmet included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (approx 20 min)

Helicopter Tour of Downtown Nashville & Music City (approx 20 min)

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Get spectacular views of the city and tick off many of Nashville’s top landmarks in a short space of time on this private helicopter tour. Ascend above Music City and get aerial views of the Ryman Auditorium, Downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Tennessee State Capitol, and Germantown.
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  • 20 minutes
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45 Minute Narrated Ride

45 Minute Narrated Ride

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This is a romantic, fun, and atmospheric alternative to guided bus tours. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride through downtown Nashville with narration along the way, so you learn about the city's history and top landmarks as you travel. The route passes by The Hermitage Hotel, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Riverfront Park, The Ryman Auditorium, and plenty more famous sites along the way.
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  • 45 minutes
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Cinderella 30 Minute Narrated Ride

Cinderella 30 Minute Narrated Ride

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The Cinderella •••Sugar Creek Carriages is NOW OFFERING bookings for Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides February 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th - tickets are limited so book yours today!!••• These are some of the finest most beautiful carriages in the world, and Sugar Creek Carriages is proud to offer them for any special occasion. It features the Cinderella canopy along with all the elaborate detail that goes along with these carriages “finest carriages in the world” title.
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  • 30 minutes
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Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Walking Tour

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Owner Joe Nashville is native Tennessean and has roots that go back to the first settlement in Nashville - Ft. Nashborough. His insight into the historic and modern day Nashville is entertaining and creates a very unique tour experience from a local. Joe's knowledge of happenings and stories of interesting people of Nashville truly elevates this tour experience and showcases the real Nashville.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Haunted Nashville All-Ages Ghost Walking Tour
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Haunted Nashville All-Ages Ghost Walking Tour

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Nashville has a rich history dating all the way back to 1779, and our walking tour will take you on a journey through the city’s spookiest haunts. Most of the spirits are friendly, but just in case you want to avoid any ghostly encounters, each tour will be equipped with a few EMF readers so we know exactly where the ghosts are lurking.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

The Bicentennial Mall is one of Nashville’s premier tourist destinations. On this self-guided walking tour, you’ll experience a performance of the Tennessee Carillon, stroll down the Walkway of Counties, visit the 200-feet wide map of the state, and learn about the State Capitol building. The tour ends with a trip down the Pathway of History, where you’ll learn how the state developed, hear about the sit-in protests during the Civil Rights era, and visit a World War II memorial. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history of Tennessee and Nashville. You’ll also get a sense of how the Bicentennial Mall is a representation of all things Tennessee, from its beauty to its people, and its music. After all, the park was designed to celebrate the state. This magnificent park, an extension of the State Capitol, is one of the most historical spots in Nashville and you can enjoy this tour of the park on location or virtually at home after downloading the VoiceMap app.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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Cinderella Princess 45 Minute Ride

Cinderella Princess 45 Minute Ride

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See the sights of Nashville in a more fun and atmospheric way than a bus tour—a horse and carriage ride. The tour is completely private with just your group and the driver at the front. Along the way, pass by lots of famous city sights such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Printer’s Alley, Tennessee State Capitol and the Ryman Auditorium.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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45 Minute Narrated Ride 7 to 9 people

45 Minute Narrated Ride 7 to 9 people

•Sugar Creek Carriages is NOW OFFERING bookings for Valentine’s Day Carriage Rides February 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th- tickets are limited so book yours today!!• Our popular 45 Minute Private Narrated Ride of Downtown Nashville has all the sites offered in our 20 minute tour plus much more. This ride includes hotspots such as the 5 Star Historical Presidential Hotel The Hermitage, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bridgestone Arena, The Johnny Cash Museum, Riverfront Park, Hard Rock Cafe, The Wild Horse Saloon, Well known Printers Alley where Jimi Hendrix got his start, The Tennessee State Capitol Building, The War Memorial Building, Nashville Performing Arts Center, Tennessee State Museum, The Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, and other tourist attractions and insight into various poplar dining establishments around our great city.
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  • 45 minutes
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Private Half-Day History and Food Tour of Nashville

Private Half-Day History and Food Tour of Nashville

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Explore the best Nashville has to offer on this private half-day tour. Learn about the ‘Music City’ as you traverse the city in a luxury vehicle and see landmarks such as the Capitol, the Bicentennial Mall, Five Points, and more. Then, sample some of the city’s classic foods such as authentic hot chicken, slow-cooked barbecue, and craft beer to round off your tour of Nashville.
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  • 3 hours
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Nashville Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Country Songs

Nashville Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Sights & Country Songs

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Nashville is both the capital of Tennessee and one of the music capitals of the world. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Downtown Nashville, we make a loop from the State Capitol and head deep down into the music roots of Honky Tonk Row. Along the way, you'll find hotels high and low, meet the Man In Black, gaze down at twinkling stars and make a pilgrimage to the The Mother Church of Country Music. It's time to strap on those cowboy boots, round up some friends and book your Downtown Nashville scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: State Capitol, Honky Tonk Row, Printer's Alley
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  • 2 hours
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Participate in a Fun Scavenger Hunt in Nashville by Crazy Dash

Participate in a Fun Scavenger Hunt in Nashville by Crazy Dash

Walk around Nashville while completing the Crazy Dash scavenger hunt! Use an app to find a list of objects around the city in any order you choose and participate in fun challenges for points. Collect points and take a look at your score compared to others around the country! All scavenger hunts have a remote host via chat to help along the way. Crazy Dash is our most relaxed scavenger hunt. Come spend your afternoon with us in Nashville!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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History Walking Tour
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History Walking Tour

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THE EXPERIENCE With local Joe Nashville leading the walking tour, you’ll experience a focus on the history of Nashville and Tennessee starting at the state of Tennessee Legislative and Capital buildings and moving through downtown Nashville. This narrated walking tour includes stories of Nashville’s history and the event’s that evolved Nashville into the vibrant city is today. From the late 1700’s settlement of Ft. Nashborough, historical statues of Tennessee leaders, key sites of the women’s suffrage & civil rights movements, and other notable historical landmarks – Nashville has a story to tell. You’ll even see a statue of one famous Tennessean, a relative of Joe, that made World War I history. Of course, no historical tour is complete without a little music history; along with a few scoundrels, colorful characters, political scandals, and discussion of Nashville’s Metropolitan form of government.
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  • 2 hours
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Tennessee State Capitol hours of operation: Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 1pm-5 pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.