There is no better place in the world to indulge your love of country music than in the beautiful state of Tennessee. The Volunteer State boasts a rich history and a culture that showcases its country music roots. From iconic venues to live musical entertainment to museums and monuments, Tennessee will put you in touch with the best offerings of this musical genre. Here are three reasons why a Tennessee vacation is the perfect trip for country music lovers.
See the Country Music Hall of Fame
As the self-described country music capital of the world, it makes sense that Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame. This massive museum features a variety of interactive exhibits, memorabilia, and fun for the whole family. While it started out as a smaller museum in 1967, it has since expanded to be a more than 130,000 square foot facility. At the museum, visitors can do things like view performances by well-known musicians and learn about different country music instruments.
Ride the Rides and See the Shows at Dollywood
Fans of Dolly Parton will delight in a visit to Dollywood. Located in scenic Pigeon Forge, this theme park boasts a host of thrilling rides such as a roller coaster mixed with enough family-friendly rides and entertainment to keep you busy for the entire day. While you’re in Pigeon Forge, check out other nearby destinations and attractions. The area is a hot spot for some of the latest country music acts. Country Tonite is a world-class show that showcases both comedy and contemporary country music with a dash of American patriotism. Spend an evening at the Memories Theater, which features acts that pay tribute to Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Conway Twitty, and many more.
Hang Out at Elvis Presley’s House
Though Elvis Presley was primarily a rock and roll singer, his roots were in country music. A journey to Graceland is a rite of passage for any Elvis Presley fan. Located in Memphis, this estate features the famous Graceland mansion, lush private gardens, and exhibitions that include a host of artifacts, mementos, and costumes. There are a variety of experiences to choose from, allowing you to customize your Graceland visit to fit your personal preferences. You will come away from your visit to Graceland with a much deeper understanding of this legendary entertainer.
Taking a trip to Tennessee and exploring all the country music-related things it has to offer is like taking a trip into American culture. Its unique cultural offerings exhibit what American music culture really is and where it came from. If you’re a country music fan, a trip to Tennessee is something you will definitely never forget.
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