Generations of music lovers have flocked to the beautiful state in order to visit a ton of museums, concert halls, and attractions that either give honor to or were built by music stars. Below are four absolute essential places to visit for music fans passing through Tennessee.
Dollywood and Splash Country in Pigeon Forge
Named for country music star Dolly Parton, Dollywood is located in the scenic town of Pigeon Forge, tucked away in the Smoky Mountains, and is the perfect Tennessee destination for families. You can enjoy an introduction to country traditions, hill folk crafts, tons of entertainment, and over 40 exciting park rides. The park is divided into regions, each with its own theme, from Jukebox Junction to Timber Canyon. Ride the Dollywood Express, an old steam train, or attend the one of many festivals or live concerts held in the park.
Graceland in Memphis
Bringing in as many visitors as the White House, this other “white house,” is located in Memphis, the home town of Elvis Presley. Graceland estate is the home that the late rock ’n’ roll superstar shared with his wife, Priscilla Presley. Remaining untouched since his 1977 passing in the home, fans flock there from all over the world to take a peek into the life that their idol lived. The tour includes Elvis’ music room, TV room, and the famous “Jungle Den,” plus his extensive collection of aircraft, cars, and a vast array of Elvis memorabilia.
Music City: Nashville
The most famous city for music of any state in the country, Nashville not only is the center of all things country music, but it’s also a hub for other music genres as well. Many stars and musicians of all stripes have gotten their start in this famous city, and the myriad of music-related sites could keep a visitor busy for weeks.
From the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium to Studio B and the famous Music Row, Nashville is a music lover’s dream. If you’re looking for a city to visit for Christmas, you couldn’t pick a better one than Nashville. There are concerts and Christmas-themed events all over town, and you simply can’t miss the gorgeous lights, Christmas tree displays, and snow-themed kids’ activities at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.
These are a mere sampling of all the destinations that Tennessee has to offer. If music is your thing, there’s no excuse for missing these fantastic places on your next vacation.