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The Top Ten Musical Destinations In The USA

We associate the USA with many attractions and theme parks, but the country has had a massive influence on world music. Some American music has its influences and roots in other countries of course, but many of these influences have been brought to the mainstream by America.
Here we explore the American musical heritage and we offer our pick of the Top Ten musical destinations in America. And don’t forget we can incorporate any of these suggestions into your holiday, just get in touch with us.
1. Graceland Memphis
Graceland Memphis
It’s one of the most visited private homes in the USA, and of course it was made famous as the former estate of Elvis Presley and now attracts over 600,000 visitors every year. The mansion sits in almost forty acres of land and as well as providing an insight into the life of the king of rock and roll, it is also regarded as a symbol of one of america’s legendary music performers. Elvis lived in Graceland for more than 20 years and he died there.
Today, it is open to the public and is one of Americas national Historic landmarks and museums. Visitors are able to spend time in the meditation garden and take an iPad tour of Graceland, and it is even possible to hire Graceland for special events such as weddings.
Of course, whilst you are in Memphis, you may want to continue the Elvis theme and take a trip to Sun Studios where Elvis cut his first record. The studios were also famous for hosting many other musical legends including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison.
2. The Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
If country music is your thing then the Grand Ole Opry will be high on your list of US music destinations. It became the most famous stage for country music in the world after beginning life in the 1920s as a radio broadcast of Life country music. Today you can still go and enjoy live country music at the Grand Ole Opry, in fact one of our customers was lucky enough to spend an evening there while celebrating a special birthday, and was even given a special mention. No visit to Nashville is complete without spending some time at the Grand Ole Opry.
3. Motown Museum Detroit
Hitsville USA is also known as the Motown Museum. This is the home and the very heart of Motown where tens of thousands of people flock every year to one of Detroit’s most popular tourist hotspots. It tracks the history of Motown from it’s formation in 1959 by Berry Gordy through to the present day. Visitors love to spend time in Studio A where some of Motown’s most famous musicians came to make music. Enjoy the memorabilia and feel almost 60 years of musical history at Hitsville USA.
4. New Orleans
New Orleans
New Orleans or the “Big Easy” as it is affectionately known, is regarded as the home of jazz, how to really get the vibe from New Orleans jazz spend an evening on Frenchmen Street in Faubourg Marigny where you can move from bar to bar taking in some of the finest jazz in America (and beyond). One of the best ways to enjoy New Orleans is bye taking an Evening Jazz Cruise on an authentic steamboat, where you can take in the breathtaking New Orleans skyline and enjoy some great food whilst listening to live jazz.
5. New York Gospel Music
Gospel music traditions can be traced back to the African American church and the genre has produced many world-class performers. You don’t need to be a religious person to find Gospel music uplifting but if you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take in some gospel music then you’re in for a real treat.
There are a number of Gospel experience tours in New York, with Harlem being the most popular destination as it has a history of producing performers such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Malcolm X. Please remember however to be respectful as some congregations are mindful of Gospel music being treated as just another New York attraction, so ensure you wear suitable attire and and be careful to not take video and photography during services.
6. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum Cleveland
The Hall of Fame was launched 25 years ago and the museum is situated on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland. The museum opened its doors in 1995. Visitors can experience four different theatres, 7 floors of exhibits, and many interactive stations and much more, whilst learning all about some of Rock music’s most influential performers. Today’s over 8 million visitors have walked through the halls and Museum goes from strength to strength.
7. Stax Museum of American Soul Music Memphis
There aren’t many museums dedicated to soul music, and the Stax Museum claims to be the only museum that focuses specifically on American Soul Music. The museum is based in Memphis and occupies the site of the original Stax Records Studio. It was here that legendary stars such as Otis Redding Isaac Hayes and Booker T recorded classic American soul music. As well as watching films that feature some of the most influential soul artists in the world, there are over two thousand related artefactsand exhibits to see as you browse the history of soul music in America.
8. Las Vegas
Las Vegas
There are not many places in the world where you can find Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart performing live on a regular basis in one town. Other than Vegas of course. As well as these amazing acts there are also some of the most amazing venues in the world; places like Caesars Palace the Axis Auditorium are just some of the most iconic venues for music on the planet. But it’s not just about the stars in Vegas, they have a Disco Bus – a nightclub on Wheels, and music parties everywhere. It’s glitzy and it’s exciting and that’s why it attracts the stars.
9. Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix
This is one for the musicians. This Phoenix Museum can post artefacts from musicians as diverse as Taylor Swift and Johnny Cash as well as Adam Levine of Maroon 5. It also has the piano on which John Lennon composed Imagine and other items from country star Dolly Parton. It has more than 12000 musical instruments from around the world and the museum will provide audio headsets which allows visitors to hear their chosen exhibit as they view it. An Experience Gallery let’s the youngest children take their turn at playing with musical instruments such as African drums or strumming a Burmese harp. There’s also a Conservation Gallery where visitors can watch experts restoring historic musical instruments using authentic materials.
10. Dollywood
We can’t leave out one of country music’s most famous stars, Dolly Parton. She owns a 150 Acre family friendly theme park in the great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee known as Dollywood. At Dollywood visitors can watch shows, they can make crafts go on rides and celebrate various festivals throughout the year. They can even stay on site in one of the cabins to make it a full resort vacation destination

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