Road trips are a summertime rite of passage. Planning one this summer? Here are 5 Music Legend Road Trips worth taking a detour for.
Graceland – Memphis, Tennessee
Thousands of Elvis Presley fans flock to his Graceland home every year to remember The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Graceland gives fans an intimate look at the private life of one of music’s biggest stars, with an audio tour through Elvis’ home and grounds. The estate will celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll on July 5 in honor of the day Elvis walked into Sun Studios and recorded “That’s All Right,” by presenting fans with special limited edition posters during their Graceland tour, a special firework display and more.
Graceland wasn’t Elvis’ only residence though. Check out our photo gallery of Elvis’ Los Angeles home!
Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood amusement park is known for its down-home charm and is the perfect family escape. Featuring a theme park with rides for the youngest family members to the most daring thrill seekers, a water park and shows to entertain the entire family, it’s a must-see destination, guaranteed to have something for everyone. And you never know when Dolly herself might appear!
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch – Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
Loretta Lynn’s ranch offers everything from camping and tours to concerts and a number of other events throughout the year. The ranch also features a number of museums, including Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum, the Frontier Homestead and Loretta’s Haunted Plantation, among others.
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace – Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield gave birth to the Bakersfield Sound in the 1950s with the likes of Merle Haggard, and Buck Owens catapulted to country music stardom. Buck built and opened the Crystal Palace in 1996. While it is primarily a music venue, hosting live music nearly every night, the Crystal Palace also houses a dining area and a museum dedicated to the life and career of Buck Owens.
Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash – Dyess, Arkansas
The Dyess Colony was created in 1934 as part of the New Deal to aid in the nation’s recovery from the Great Depression. The colony provided a fresh start for Arkansas farm families, including country legend Johnny Cash. The colony is being restored, including the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home which is being restored to look exactly as it did when the Cash family lived there. The colony is open for tours on a limited basis.
Where will your road trip take you this summer?