History of Nashville Walking Tour

Join us on an exciting walking tour of Nashville and discover the rich history and vibrant culture of Music City! We'll explore the city's many historic landmarks, including the Ryman Auditorium and the Tennessee State Capitol, and learn about the pivotal role Nashville played in the Civil War. We'll also dive into the world of country music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and take in the stunning architecture of the iconic Hermitage Hotel. With its rich cultural heritage and lively downtown scene, Nashville has something for everyone, and this tour is the perfect way to experience it all. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey through one of America's most exciting cities!

2 Hours


Downtown Nashville


  • See some of Nashville’s most historic buildings such as the Tennessee State Capitol, the Ryman Auditorium, the old banking district, historic Broadway and 2nd Avenue, as well as Printer’s Alley, Fort Nashborough, the Hermitage Hotel, and the Metro Nashville Courthouse. 
  • Discover Nashville’s role in the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and prohibition. 
  • Learn how Nashville became known as the music capital of the world.
  • See the enormous progress of downtown skyscrapers.
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Tour Details

History of Nashville Walking Tour

Welcome to Music City, where country music and Southern charm meet to create a vibrant cultural landscape. As we stroll through downtown Nashville, we’ll explore the city’s rich history, from its founding in 1779 to its current status as a hub of the music industry. As we stroll through downtown Nashville, we’ll learn about the city’s role in the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and prohibition, as well as how Nashville became one of the most popular destinations in the United States.

Our walking tour will start at the Tennessee State Capitol, a stunning Greek Revival building that was completed in 1859. We’ll learn about its role in Tennessee’s history and also maybe hear some hauntings from its past.

Next, we’ll see the historic Hermitage Hotel, a Beaux-Arts building that played a crucial role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States.

We’ll then head to Printer’s Alley, a historic alleyway that was once home to Nashville’s printing industry and later became a popular entertainment district. We’ll hear stories of the colorful characters and scandals that once filled the alleyway.

Continuing through the old banking district, we’ll make our way to Fort Nashborough, located along 1st Avenue and the Cumberland River. This replica of the original fort that was built by James Robertson and other early settlers in 1779 will transport us back in time to the very beginnings of Nashville.

We’ll then make our way to historic Broadway and 2nd Avenue, where we’ll see some of Nashville’s most beautiful architecture.

After that, we’ll visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a must-see destination for any music lover. 

Our last stop will be near the elegant Ryman Auditorium, a music venue that was originally built as a church in 1892. We’ll discover its storied history and learn about the legends of country music who have graced its stage.

We’ll finish our tour at the 5th and Broad, a new development that showcases the enormous progress of Nashville’s tourism industry. We’ll reflect on our journey through Nashville’s past and present and appreciate the city’s ongoing evolution.

Join us on this unforgettable walking tour of downtown Nashville, and discover the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, and deep connection to women’s rights, entertainment, and the world of music.

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Tour Itinerary

 Meet at Legislative Plaza (301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243)

 Start of Tour Near Tennessee State Capitol

 Depart From Capitol Building

 See Printers Alley 

 Learn about the Founding of Nashville

 Tour Stops at Bridgestone Arena (501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203) 

Enjoy Downtown Nashville the rest of your day!


Does the Historic Walking Tour operate rain or shine?

Yes, the Historic Walking tour will take place rain or shine. If there is lightning and thunder, or even severe rain, we will seek shelter until it is safe to proceed. Please bring either a rain jacket, poncho, or umbrella if there is a chance of rain. 

What is the group size of the tour?

The group size can depend on the navigator, but for this tour, we will typically have groups up to 15.

Can you accommodate wheelchairs?
We do have alternate routes on the tour that can accommodate an ADA path with appropriate ramps. Please let your navigator know that you will need to access ADA ramps or paths. Please note that much of Downtown Nashville is on a slope, so there will be many downhill sidewalks on the tour. 

What should I bring on the tour?
XPLR Tours will provide the history and the fun! Please make sure that you bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat for the sun, and good walking shoes. Check the weather to see if a hat or umbrella will be needed for the day. 

Who is this tour suitable for?
This is the ideal tour for families, couples, friends and friend groups, and solo travelers. We welcome all ages on this tour.

How much walking do you do on the tour?
We have strategically designed this tour to start at the top of the hill in downtown Nashville, and work our way down, therefore limiting our uphill walks. In total, the tour will near two miles of walking. 

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