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15 Vacation Destinations for Country Music Lovers

"The Birthplace of Country Music"

"The Birthplace of Country Music"

Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family recorded in Bristol, Tennessee. Country music was born that day, so this is clearly a must-visit location for any country music fan. Bristol is also the birthplace of Ernie Ford.

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Dollywood

Dollywood

Head to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to visit the Dollywood Theme Park and Splash Country Water Park. Named after the legendary entertainer, Dolly Parton, these theme parks offer 150 acres of family fun!

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The Hank Williams Museum

The Hank Williams Museum

Meander on down to Montgomery, Alabama for a visit to the Hank Williams Museum and his final resting place in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex. In the Museum, you'll get a glimpse at his baby blue Cadillac, platinum records, guitars, awards, and personal effects.

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The Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry

If you haven’t yet, it's time to visit the Grand Ole Opry! Country music's most famous stage and Nashville's #1 attraction, this live show venue is a must-see for any country music fan. Take a backstage tour to hear stories about and see photos of Opry members and guest artists.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Any country music fan has to visit Nashville at some point, so take time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. You’ll be immersed in the history and sounds of country music through its theater, exhibits, art galleries, and education programs.

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The Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum

If you’re a museum junky, you can’t miss the Johnny Cash Museum. (It ranks #1 on Forbes’ and National Geographic’s must-see travel destinations lists.) The collection features never-before-seen documents, letters, awards, costumes, and instruments.

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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

A piece of Nashville history you don't want to miss is Ryman Auditorium. Originally the Union Gospel Tabernacle and home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, this National Historic Landmark has been dubbed the "Soul of Nashville.”

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Ernest Tubb Record Shop

Ernest Tubb Record Shop

Visit the record shop near the Country Music Hall of Fame, then stay up late for the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree. It broadcasts live from the Texas Troubadour Theatre on Music Valley Drive at 11:55 pm Saturday nights.

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Printer's Alley

Printer's Alley

If you want to hear true country music, listen to what’s playing on Printer’s Alley in downtown Nashville. Musicians, locals, and tourists enjoy some of the finest country music in town at Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar. If you’re searching for more of a blues vibe, head on out to Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar.

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Loretta Lynn's Ranch

Loretta Lynn's Ranch

Loretta Lynn is a country music legend, so it’s only right that you visit her ranch located in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. You'll find Loretta's Plantation Home, Butcher Holler Homeplace, a museum, and a simulated coal mine. 

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Sun Studio

Sun Studio

Take a trip to Memphis for a tour of Sun Studio where Johnny Cash got his start. Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis also recorded here. It's amazing how much history is packed into this tiny recording studio!

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Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home

A little northwest of Memphis lies the recently resurrected Historic Dyess Colony, Arkansas. It features the boyhood home of Johnny Cash furnished as it appeared when the Cash family lived there.

 

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Jimmy Driftwood Barn

Jimmy Driftwood Barn

Mountain View, Arkansas is where you'll find the Jimmy Driftwood Music Barn and Ozark Folk Center dedicated to keeping the music of the Ozarks alive. This is a piece of southern culture you can’t miss!

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The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show

The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show

Branson, Missouri is home to a number of country music stage shows. The Baldknobbers Jamboree Show was the subject of the 2015 reality TV series, “Branson Famous.” If you’re a fan, this is the place for you!

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Billy Bob's Texas

Billy Bob's Texas

Any self-respecting country music road trip must include a visit to a Texas Honky Tonk, so why not visit the largest one in the world? Head on down to Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. While you're there, be sure to ride the mechanical bull!

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