Bourbon City to Music City
Welcome to a captivating journey from the heart of bourbon-making in Louisville, lovingly known as Bourbon City, to the soul-stirring and harmonious atmosphere of Nashville, aptly named Music City. Let us guide you through the top things to do in these two iconic cities, from the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail to the renowned Tennessee Whiskey Trail.
Get ready to indulge your senses, discover rich cultural heritage, and immerse yourself in the captivating flavors and sounds of these two enchanting destinations.
Day 1: Exploring Louisville – The Bourbon City
A Morning in Bourbon City:
Rise and shine to the warmth of Southern hospitality as you begin your adventure in Louisville, the gateway to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Start your day with a southern breakfast at a local eatery before embarking on your bourbon-themed journey along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® .
Visit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Embark on a pilgrimage to the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a collection of bourbon distilleries that showcases the craftsmanship and heritage of bourbon-making.
Book a Bourbon Tour from Louisville:
Experience the renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail® with an all-inclusive ticket for a memorable journey through Bourbon Country.
Let the premier tour operator and southern destination management company, Mint Julep Experiences, take the reins and meticulously plan your day and coordinate transportation for you to the finest Kentucky bourbon distilleries while treating you to a delightful local lunch.
Expert Mint Julep guides will lead the way, captivating you with fascinating facts, fun trivia and bourbon history, ensuring no moment goes unappreciated. From managing tour timings to securing distillery admissions and beyond, every detail is handled, leaving you with nothing to worry about but relishing the fully-guided bourbon tour.
Tailor Your Itinerary and Bourbon Country Experience:
Unlock a world of possibilities and tailor your bourbon experience to perfection with the help of our Experience Coordinators.
Whether you’re part of a small travel group or a large gathering, Mint Julep Experiences caters to all, offering one-day and multi-day custom tours and trip ideas along the illustrious Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and across the captivating Bluegrass state. Our dedicated Experience Coordinators will work closely with you, ensuring your dream day comes to life through their extensive knowledge and expertise.
Available seven days a week, our tailor made tours offer local and regional departures and pickups, covering areas like Louisville, Bardstown, Lexington, Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and more. The Mint Julep transportation fleet offers private and comfortable travel, while your custom itinerary is ensured with guaranteed reservations at the distilleries of your choosing. With our esteemed partnerships, enjoy private tours, exclusive tastings, cocktail mixology classes, creative beer or bourbon flights, culinary pairing and progressive dinners, visits to horse farms including stud farms, and behind-the-scenes access that are reserved solely for Mint Julep Experiences guests.
An Afternoon in Bourbon City:
Bourbon has returned to Louisville’s downtown. From urban distilleries to bourbon-centric bars and restaurants. Get up close and personal with distillation on tours, savor handcrafted cocktails and sample a wide variety of bourbons . Some notable stops include Angel’s Envy, Rabbit Hole, Old Forester, Buzzard’s Roost and Evan Williams Bourbon Experience.
Just East of downtown is one of Louisville’s most vibrant local districts, NuLu, the perfect place for a local lunch at Lou Lou on Market, Feast BBQ or Grind Burgers after visiting Rabbit Hole and Angel’s Envy.
An Evening in Bourbon City:
As the sun sets, immerse yourself in Louisville’s vibrant nightlife and lively entertainment scene.
Experience live music at Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar in Bourbon City, where local artists showcase their soulful tunes. Enjoy your favorite bourbon while immersing yourself in the rhythm of the blues for an unforgettable evening.
Taste and sip your way through Bourbon City on one of our progressive dinners taking through several different neighborhoods while you enjoy a 3-course dinner paired with 3 bourbon cocktails.
Day 2: Exploring Nashville – The Music City
A Morning in Music City:
Bid farewell to Louisville and embark on a scenic drive to Nashville, the vibrant capital of Tennessee. Stop along the way at The Kitchen Table at James B Beam Distillery for a delicious lunch to fuel up for the exciting adventures ahead in the Music City.
Broadway in Nashville, also known as the Honky Tonk Highway, is a popular destination filled with neon lights, energetic music, and country vibes. Visitors can explore the iconic bars and venues along the street, enjoy the lively atmosphere, and catch live music performances day and night.
Experience the Tennessee Whiskey Trail: For those who appreciate fine spirits and want an exceptional whiskey adventure, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail offers a captivating journey. Located in the American South, this renowned trail showcases the beautiful landscapes of Tennessee, where the fascinating history and artistry of whiskey production are showcased.
To fully immerse yourself in the world of Tennessee whiskey, consider booking an exclusive Whiskey Tour with the premier tour operator and destination management company, Mint Julep Experiences. Just like their renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tours, Mint Julep Experiences will take the reins and craft an unforgettable journey for you through Tennessee’s Whiskey Country.
Visit iconic Tennessee distilleries like Jack Daniel’s, Cascade Hallow Home of George Dickel, Corsair Distillery, Uncle Nearest, Nashville Craft, Leiper’s Fork, Nashville Barrel Co., and more.
Unleash the Spirit of the South on a Curated Tour:
With Mint Julep Experiences, every detail of your Tennessee Whiskey Trail adventure is meticulously planned. Expert guides will lead the way, entertaining you with captivating stories and insights into the history of whiskey. From distillery admissions to transportation, every aspect is taken care of, leaving you free to savor every moment of your fully-guided whiskey tour.
Personalized Whiskey Adventures
At Mint Julep Experiences, we understand that every traveler is unique. That’s why our Experience Coordinators are dedicated to crafting a personalized itinerary that caters to your preferences. Whether you’re traveling with a small group or a large gathering, our team will work closely with you, ensuring your dream whiskey day comes to life.
Available seven days a week, our tailor-made tours offer local and regional departures and pickups, making it convenient for you to explore the best of Tennessee whiskey country. From the bustling streets of Nashville to the picturesque landscapes of Tennessee’s countryside, Mint Julep Experiences has it all covered.
With Mint Julep Experiences as your guide, gain access to private tours, exclusive tastings, and behind-the-scenes visits that are reserved solely for our guests. From whiskey tastings that tantalize your taste buds to cocktail mixology classes that awaken the mixologist within you, the possibilities are endless.
Unlock the spirit of the South and savor the essence of Tennessee whiskey. Book your all-inclusive Tennessee Whiskey Trail tour with Mint Julep Experiences and let us create an unforgettable whiskey adventure tailored to your desires. Immerse yourself in the heritage and craftsmanship of Tennessee’s finest spirits and create memories that will last a lifetime.
An Afternoon in Music City:
After a morning filled with music and excitement, take a break to enjoy a leisurely lunch at a classic Southern restaurant. We’d recommend Etch or Peg Leg Porker for Nashville barbecue, just off Broadway and close to the Omni Hotel, or The Pharmacy if you’d like to explore another part of the city..
Visitors can explore the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to step into the world of country music. Through engaging exhibits, memorabilia, and interactive displays, they can learn about the genre’s rich history and the evolution of this uniquely Nashville sound, as well as discover legendary artists.
Nothing says Nashville like recording your own song. Solo or with your crew, go inside a professional recording studio and lay down you very own track to take home.
An Evening in Music City:
As the day turns into night, immerse yourself in Nashville’s vibrant music scene.
Experience a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry, a famous venue for country music and the world’s longest-running radio show. Enjoy the variety of artists and the exciting atmosphere of this iconic stage.
Indulge in a 5 or 7 course tasting menu with cocktail pairings at The Chef & I. The onsite Twelvethirty Club, Skull’s Rainbow Room, Hidden Bar at Noelle, or Sinatra’s Bar for the perfect night cap. If the honkey tonks are calling, Robert’s Western World is the place to be.
Unforgettable Experiences in Louisville and Nashville
As you explore these two vibrant cities, make time for the iconic attractions that define each, as well as the one-of-a-kind experiences that can be curated for your southern travel dreams.
Louisville (Bourbon City) Experiences
Bourbon Barrel Foods: Don’t just drink your bourbon, eat it too at Bourbon Barrel Foods. Stop in for a product sampling and tour of their facility in Butchertown Market. Make your way through several local boutiques then walk over the Copper & Kings Distillery where you get to experience bourbon, brandy, gin and absinthe that’s “Distilled in Stereo”.
Kentucky Derby Museum: Visit to the Kentucky Derby Museum, where you can delve into the excitement and history of the iconic horse race. Explore interactive exhibits, watch thrilling race footage, and learn about the traditions and legends surrounding the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory: Baseball enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Take a guided tour and witness the craftsmanship behind the world-famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Marvel at the extensive collection of bats used by renowned players and even have the opportunity to hold an actual Louisville Slugger bat.
Muhammad Ali Center: The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, is a must-visit for travelers seeking inspiration and insight into the life of one of the greatest sports figures in history. This cultural attraction is not just a museum dedicated to the legendary boxer but also a center that celebrates Ali’s enduring legacy as a humanitarian, social activist, and global icon. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits, watch footage of Ali’s most famous fights, and gain a deep understanding of his commitment to civil rights and peace. The center’s immersive experience offers a profound journey through Ali’s remarkable life, making it a compelling destination for anyone interested in sports, social justice, and the power of one individual to make a difference in the world.
Whiskey Row: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Whiskey Row, a historic district in downtown Louisville. Explore a wide range of bars and restaurants, each offering an impressive selection of bourbons and delightful culinary creations. Savor the flavors of Kentucky and toast to an unforgettable journey through Bourbon City.
Urban Bourbon Trail: The Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville is a captivating journey through the heart of Kentucky’s bourbon culture, and it’s a must-visit for travelers seeking a genuine taste of Bourbon City’s rich heritage. This trail weaves its way through historic neighborhoods, iconic distilleries, and vibrant downtown districts, offering a unique and immersive experience for bourbon enthusiasts and curious tourists alike. Along the trail, you’ll have the chance to sample a wide array of bourbon creations, from classic cocktails to innovative concoctions, all expertly crafted by skilled mixologists. Beyond the libations, the trail also showcases the city’s deep-rooted bourbon history, providing visitors with an opportunity to learn about the art of bourbon making, its pivotal role in Kentucky’s culture, and the stories behind some of the world’s most renowned distilleries. So, whether you’re a bourbon connoisseur or simply intrigued by the allure of this amber elixir, a visit to the Urban Bourbon Trail is an enriching and delightful experience that promises a taste of true Southern hospitality and a deeper appreciation for the spirit that defines the Bluegrass State.
Nashville (Music City) Experiences
Ryman Auditorium: Make your way to the historic Ryman Auditorium, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Take a guided tour of this legendary venue and discover its rich musical heritage. Stand on the stage where countless legendary artists have performed and soak in the ambiance of this hallowed hall.
Explore The Gulch: Spend your afternoon exploring The Gulch, a trendy neighborhood in Nashville known for its vibrant street art, boutique shops, and upscale dining. Stroll along the iconic wings mural for a memorable photo opportunity, shop for unique souvenirs, and indulge in culinary delights at one of the area’s many acclaimed restaurants.
Music City’s Culinary Delights: Conclude your trip with a delicious dinner at one of Nashville’s renowned dining establishments. From traditional Southern fare to inventive fusion cuisine, the city offers a diverse culinary scene that is sure to delight your taste buds. Celebrate the end of your journey through Music City with a mouthwatering meal and perhaps even catch a live performance at a local venue.
Jack Daniel’s: A day trip for Nashville is Lynchburg, TN – home to the legendary Jack Daniel’s Distillery. If you’re coming from Bourbon City to Music City, you’ll want to add the Tennessee Whiskey Trail to your list of things to do! Take a guided tour to Jack Daniel’s for a guaranteed distillery tour and Angel’s Share tasting. With Mint Julep Experiences’ Jack Daniel’s Express Tour, your transportation is taken care of so you can enjoy the drive and all distillery reservations are pre-booked. You can customize your day with a tailor made itinerary and add a few more stops in.
Uncle Nearest Green Distillery: A must-visit on your journey from Bourbon City to Music City is Shelbyville, TN, the home of the iconic Uncle Nearest Green Distillery. As you embark on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail, make sure to include this historic distillery on your itinerary. Take advantage of the expertly crafted Uncle Nearest Experience, a guided tour that offers an exclusive glimpse into the legacy of Nearest Green, the first known African-American master distiller. Your visit will include a captivating distillery tour and a tasting of Uncle Nearest’s finest whiskey expressions. To make your trip seamless, consider booking Mint Julep Experiences’ Uncle Nearest Green Distillery Tour, which includes hassle-free transportation and pre-arranged distillery reservations. With the option to tailor your day to your preferences, you can also explore additional stops along the way, ensuring a memorable Tennessee whiskey adventure.
Embark on an unforgettable journey from Bourbon City to Music City, where history, flavors, and melodies intertwine to create a mesmerizing experience. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Tennessee Whiskey Trail await your exploration, promising to leave lasting impressions on your heart and soul. So, indulge your senses, discover cultural heritage, and immerse yourself in the captivating flavors and sounds of these enchanting destinations.