The 10 Best Sightseeing Tours in Tennessee!

Tennessee offers no end of things to see and do—if you know where to look. Truth be told, some of the best sites of the state are left largely ignored without insider knowledge to guide you there. Taking a sightseeing tour can show you what you’ve been missing and can help you get more out of every trip. What will you discover next? Start with these 10 best sightseeing tours in Tennessee and see more than you ever thought possible.

1. Music City Rollin’ Jamboree Bus Tour, Nashville, TN

Get to know Music City like no other with this singing, laughing, rolling-good-time bus tour. Celebrities like Reba McEntire and Melissa Peterman have been known to make appearances on the tour. The bus takes you to some of the best sights of the city, allowing for photo ops and discovering secrets of this amazing city, all while singing your favorite songs, enjoying comedic performances, and reveling in Nashville spirit no other tour agency is capable of duplicating.

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2. Scenic Helicopter Tours, Sevierville, TN

For a unique sightseeing tour experience, you’ll want to take to the skies. This helicopter tour agency lets you experience the majestic beauty of the Smoky Mountains in the best possible way. From up above you can see for miles in every direction and see all your favorite attractions, rivers, lakes, and valleys like never before.

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3. Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours, Knoxville, TN

As a city steeped in history, it’s no wonder Knoxville has its fair share of ghostly happenings. You can experience all the spookiest places in the city on a walking ghost tour. These tours will take to a curated selection of well-researched sites where all things supernatural abound, including bridges, building, former Ground Zeroes, and more, all while using state of the art ghost hunting equipment.

4. Pontoon Saloon, Nashville, TN

Touted as Nashville’s only honkytonk on water, this pontoon boat cruise lets you experience Music City in a completely new way. This party barge shows you sites along the Cumberland River while giving you a little history lesson as you enjoy the views. It’s BYOB, so make sure you stock up before you board.

5. Chattanooga Ducks, Chattanooga, TN

If you’ve seen all of Chattanooga on land, it’s time to take to the water for a brand-new experience. This authentic World War II amphibious vehicle offers a narrated tour while it takes you along the city’s riverfront and Maclellan Island. Tour times last at least an hour, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

6. Cade’s Cove Tour, Gatlinburg, TN

Hosted by Tennessee Mountain Tours, this five-hour tour will take you to all the historic sites of Cades Cove, one of the most highly acclaimed areas in the Smoky Mountains. Steeped in rich history, you can hear all the stories of each of the historic landmarks in the park, take photos, view wildlife, and see some of the best scenery in the area.

7. Paranormal Technology Investigations, Jonesborough, TN

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a ghost hunter? This history lesson of a tour not only takes you to some of the area’s most haunted locales, it also puts you in the middle of the action. On the tour, you’ll be using high-end ghost hunting equipment just like the pros use. From graveyards to downtown Jonesborough, you can rest assured you won’t be walking alone.

8. Middle Tennessee Hot Air Balloon Adventures, Franklin, TN

Some things are best viewed from up high and a hot air balloon can help you get there. Leave the world behind as you tour the area from a colorful balloon, floating amongst the birds and seeing more than you realized existed. Each tour gives you breathtaking views of wildlife, landmarks, and commonly recognized sites. You’ll never find a sightseeing tour quite like this one.

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9. Main Street Greeneville Walking Tour, Greeneville, TN

As the state’s second oldest town, there’s much to see in Greeneville’s downtown district. Former President Andrew Johnson himself once walked these streets, and you can experience it for yourself on a walking tour of the town. Stops include the Old Harmony Cemetery, churches, homes, and other sites, each equipped with a little historical background.

10. A Tour of Possibilities, Memphis, TN

They’ve got a couple tours to choose from, depending on how much time you have and how much you want to see. Either way, if you want to get to know Memphis on a personal level, this is the place. The tour is designed to share some of the best historical and cultural gems in the city’s African Americans have contributed to, offering both entertainment and insights with every stop.

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