I am a big fan of hop-on hop-off tours. In my view this is one of the best ways to get a sense of a city, how it is laid out and it’s history. By no means is it a definitive way to see any city. I find the best way to use these types of tours is to book one very early in your visit and either plot out what you want to see by looking at the map in advance or doing a loop without getting off and then mark the things you want to return to. A multi day ticket is a great way to take advantage of this option.
In Nashville this is particularly great because the second day is included. The entire loop takes 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes if you don’t get off anywhere. Which of course we suggest you do, even if it is on your second go around.
The best place to get on is the Riverfront Train Station where you can purchase your ticket. The train station is at the bottom of Broadway. The tour brings you to all the things you want to see – Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman, Vanderbilt University, The Parthenon – are all among the 17 stops. It is also a fairly cheep and convenient to make your way around town if you don’t have a rental car and don’t want to take taxis. Just give yourself some time and pay attention to the schedule.
The Parthenon was an unexpected delight, as well as a visit to the Spirit of Nashville print store. The Green Brier Distillery District is a great place to stop and poke around. With the fairly short loop you can pretty much take advantage of all of the stops and explore.