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Tennessee spans 500 miles from east to west, but is just 115 miles from north to south. It is home to some of the most famous names in the USA.
The blues capital and home of the "King of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley - lies in the south western corner of Tennessee on the banks of the winding, muddy Mississippi. Beale Street is the centre for the blues and is filled to bursting with clubs and restaurants whilst Sun Studio is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, where Elvis recorded his first hits.
Graceland: For many, the main purpose of any stay is to visit the 14 acre estate of Elvis Presley where visitors can view the home, stage-clothes, gold record collection, cars, private jets and final resting place of the ‘King’. The tour gives a real insight into the life and impact Elvis had on Memphis and the world.
National Civil Rights Museum: Located in the Lorraine Motel where Dr Martin Luther King Jnr was assassinated in 1968. The museum focuses on the life of Dr King and the struggle for civil rights both in the USA and around the world.
Sun Studio: Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, BB King and Jerry Lee Lewis cut their first records here and it is where bands such as U2 still record today.
Beale Street: Beale Street is the life and soul of Memphis offering a selection of bars, shops and restaurants. Check out Elvis Presley's Memphis nightclub and restaurant, BB King’s nightclub, the eccentric A. Schwab’s store and the home of W.C. Handy, ‘the father of the blues’.
The Pyramid: As Memphis was named after an Egyptian city, it has to have its own pyramid, a 320 foot high arena for sports, music and special events.
Mud Island: A tribute to the legends, people and music of the Mississippi. Visit the Mississippi River Museum and Riverwalk, a five block scale model of the great river. Also home to the Memphis Belle, a famed B17 bomber.
The Peabody Hotel: A Memphis landmark famous for its twice daily duck parade.
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: A fascinating museum which tells the story of the sounds that came from the fields, alleys, juke joints and choir lofts which collided in the city of Memphis. Featuring the Smithsonian Institution’s "Rock ‘n’ Soul: A Social Crossroads" permanent exhibit.
Gibson Guitar Factory: Located adjacent to the Rock and Soul.
STAX: STAX records is the world's premier soul music record label.
‘Music City USA&rsquo, as Nashville is known, is the undisputed capital of country music.
General Jackson: Take a day or evening cruise on the Cumberland River aboard Opryland‘s&rsquo own authentic paddlewheel showboat.
Grand Ole Opry: A famed country music spectacular that is the longest running radio show in the U.S. There are performances on Friday and Saturday nights year round in the world’s largest broadcasting studio which holds over 4,000 people. The Country Music Hall of Fame traces the history of country music in a new museum.
Ryman Auditorium: Most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman now houses a variety of shows and concerts. Self guided tours are available during the day.
The Hermitage: Magnificent plantation home of former US President Andrew Jackson, with a 28,000 square foot museum and visitor's centre.
Country Music Hall of Fame: Traces the history of country music in a new $40 million downtown museum. View films, photography, costumes and instruments of the famous. Exhibits include Elvis’ ‘solid gold’ cadillac. Live entertainment daily.
Belmont Mansion: An Italianate mansion built by Adelicia Acklen, one of the wealthiest women in America during the civil war.
The District: Music city’s downtown neighbourhood, featuring blocks of charming hundred year-old buildings which house chic restaurants, hip nightclubs and trendy shops.
Chattanooga is located in the south eastern corner of the state overlooking both Georgia and Alabama, 128 miles from Nashville and 333 miles from Memphis. The city is famous as the home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the turn of the century Terminal Station, which is not only now open for visitors but also overnight guests.
This part of the Appalachian chain is named after the blue haze that often hangs in the air. It boasts 16 peaks that soar more than 6,000 feet. Located 224 miles from Nashville, it is particularly beautiful in the spring when the ground is covered with a bright collection of wild flowers or in the fall when the foliage starts to turn. Hiking and horse-riding are popular pastimes in the summer.
A family resort situated just five miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and located 214 miles from Nashville and 420 miles from Memphis. Famous as the home of Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s unique theme park, which combines thrill rides, seven different musical stages and Dolly’s Splash County - a 25 acre waterpark.