8 Easy Day Trips from Melbourne
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Going to visit the United States of America? You’re probably checking out destinations such as sunny Los Angeles, or the urban jungle of New York, but what about taking a step away from the obvious and getting a glimpse of one of the US’s most charming states?
The home of country music, Tennessee boasts some incredible natural scenery, as well as heart-warming Southern hospitality. Here are just a few experiences to look forward to.
There’s little disputing that Nashville is the country music capital of the world. As the genre evolved in the 1950s and 60s, Nashville brought the voices of artists such as Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Eddy Arnold to the wider music stage, as well as being the home of RCA, Columbia and Decca Records.
You can soak up the history of the Nashville sound at the epic Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, before experiencing a night of honky-tonk fun at the magenta Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge with its rooftop stage.
There’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone in Memphis. Whether you’re taking a ride on one of the vintage trolleys that cruise down Main St, or strolling alongside the Mississippi River in Tom Lee Park, you’re bound to stumble upon some fantastic attractions in Memphis.
Blues lovers flock to the historic Beale Street, home of the blues, while rock ‘n’ roll lovers can pay homage to the genre at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul museum.
Perhaps one of the most beloved attractions in the state is Graceland, home of ‘the King’, the great Elvis Presley. In addition to exploring Elvis’ residence, you can also visit the ‘Elvis Presley’s Memphis’ exhibition, which allows you to explore the city of the 1960s.
Running along the border with North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains are the crowning glory of Tennessee. Surrounded by the national park, these mountains are home to black bears, historic cabins and scenery straight from a fairytale.
You can hike, tour and even stay in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as ziplining and whitewater rafting. If you time your visit right, you might even be able to see the incredible firefly display that takes place near Elkmont each June.
Wherever your Tennessee pilgrimage takes you, be sure that you don’t leave home without travel insurance.