Old Town Trolley and Country Music Hall of Fame Combo
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
- Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum: Your admission (included) is a ticket to "The Smithsonian of country music." This ever-growing venue houses a prodigious collection of multimedia exhibits and cool artifacts – spanning from Country's rustic roots to Blake Shelton's slick red spinning chair from The Voice.
- The Nashville circuit: Stay aboard for the trolley's full 12-mile loop around town to see over 100 highlights and hear colorful narration that ties them all together. Get a wide-ranging city intro in less than two hours.
- Hop on and off all day: With 15 stops, you can jump off wherever your interests lead you, then simply hop back on to continue exploring; trolleys roll by each stop every 20 minutes or so.
- An epic play-list: Enjoy Broadway, Music Row, Centennial and Bicentennial parks, Ryman Auditorium, Farmer's Market, Marathon Motor Works, Union Station, The Gulch, Belmont, 12 South, Vanderbilt U, the Johnny Cash Museum, the Parthenon, and more.
Old Town Trolley Day Tour: operates daily every 20 - 30 minutes. November 26 – February 26: 9:00 – 4:00 (last re-board at stop 1); February 27 – November 25: 9:00 – 5:00 (last re-board at stop 1); Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Country Music Hall of Fame: Museum open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
About This Nashville Tour
Wikipedia describes it as "one of the world’s largest museums and research centers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of American vernacular music."
We aren't even sure what that means, but we do know the Country Music Hall of Fame will blow your mind – whether you're into Hank, Randy, Merle, Reba, Garth, Vince, Dolly, Tammy, The Oak Ridge Boys, and/or a long list of other legends honored here.
Even the building hollers "music." Besides looking like a bass clef from the air, its front windows look like piano keys, its pointed arch resembles a '59 Caddy tailfin (every twanger's favorite), and on its rotunda sits a convincing replica of the iconic WSM radio tower south of town, from which they've beamed The Grand Ole Opry since 1925.
Inside, you'll come face to face (or ear to speaker) with some 2.5 million artifacts including vintage sound recordings, photos, and archival film clips documenting the history of country music from its earliest raw roots to its polished modern era.
You'll see a fabled musical instruments, like Mother Maybelle Carter’s arch-topped Gibson L-5 guitar, Earl Scruggs’ banjo, Bob Wills’ fiddle, and Bill Monroe’s mandolin.
And a ton of the always-colorful wardrobe choices made by and for country artists over the years – including rhinestone-encrusted "Nudie suits" worn by Hank Williams and Gram Parsons, Patsy Cline's cocktail dress, Johnny Cash’s signature black suit, and the dress Carrie Underwood wore when she won American Idol way back in 2005.
But for sheer dazzle-power, nothing comes close to the shimmer of Elvis' gold '60 Cadillac limo, or Webb Pierce’s garishly tricked-out '62 Pontiac Bonneville convertible – another crazy creation by Ukrainian-born apparel-maker-to-the-country-stars, Nudie Cohn.
Even if you aren't a country music fan, you could become one here. Right quick.
When America was a younger place, Nashville was the bastion of pure countrified TV shows like Hee Haw and Pop! Goes the Country. Over the years, without losing its roots music character, the town's sonic profile has slicked up and diversified considerably. Today, you're likely to hear plenty of rock and pop-punk as you honky-tonk around Music City. Bands like Paramore, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and Jack White have all made this their home base. And new acts are waiting in the wings right now for their big breakout.
Please make your way to the Trolley Booth located at 201 Broadway (nearest intersection 2nd Ave. and Broadway). The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum is located at 222 Fifth Avenue South.
You can Hop On and Hop Off during the day as you please and walking is at your discretion. One loop, without hopping on and off, is approximately 1.75 hours. Trolleys run every 20-30 minutes.
Walking is at your personal discretion, and you do have to step on and off the trolley.
Bus Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children ages 3 years and younger participate free of charge.
Trolleys run every 20-30 minutes. Hours of operation: November 27 – February 26: 9:00 – 4:00pm; February 27 – November 25: 9:00 – 5:00pm. Black-out Dates: Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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