MEMPHIS – Graceland is the 2nd most visited private residence in the USA. Even if you are not a fan of Elvis, this property shows you what life was like during this period of pop culture in the USA. Pro tip: Bring a sharpie! You can write your name on a National Monument and not get arrested here. Fans and people have always left well wishes and their names on this iconic wall surrounding the property since Elvis was alive. Today the tradition continues and while you may get a friendly honk you will have left your mark! See more about Memphis
NASHVILLE – Try an acoustic or electric guitar, shop for new accessories, take a lesson, learn about Gibson Guitar’s history, or see a live show at Gibson Garage in historic Cummins Station. When you get hungry, Cross-Eyed Critters at The Graduate Nashville is the first-ever animatronic karaoke bar with a backup band of robotic musicians. Bar offerings include nostalgic cocktails. Sean Keeney’s Nature POP! Made with Lego Bricks features 38 vibrant sculptures made from more than 800,000 LEGO Bricks, on display through Sept. 5 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden. Known most for the country music artists, check out more essential experiences at Nashville Country Artists.
KNOXVILLE– Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens is three levels of Crystal Barrooms downtown. Guests will be surrounded by the good energy of friends, fabulous crystals, semi-precious stones and flowering plants.
PIGEON FORGE – Nearby, Pigeon Forge highlights several country music revues at dinner theaters like Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. It is also home of the Dollywood Theme Park. Toy Box Mini Golf, the world’s first toy-themed mini-golf course, is open and features an 18-hole course brought to life by 30-foot-tall recreations of popular toys from the past and present. Camp Margaritaville RV Resort includes nearly 180 RV sites with gorgeous mountain views. A 79-room lodge with a restaurant, bar, camp store, putting green and pool will open early fall. Learn more at Camping, riding, splashing, dreaming in Pigeon Forge
BRISTOL – Bristol is known as the “birthplace” of country music. Appalachian mountain folk music has been popular for generations. Many of the fiddle tunes and song styles came over from the British Isles in the 1700sTake a self-guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour to see the Bristol Sign, Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the country music mural and Burger Bar where Hank Williams allegedly stopped the night he died, the NASCAR mural and sites that bring the history of the town to life.