Music of America
This is a true music lover’s tour!
rom the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to the Birthplace of Rock and Roll in Memphis along with a visit to the sights and sounds of Cajun Zydeco and New Orleans jazz, you’ll experience some of America’s most well-known and beloved sights and sounds.
Below are just a few of this area's top attractions.
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Grand Ole Opry
Started in 1925 as a music radio program that quickly became a staple of rural Tennessee life, the Grand Ole Opry continues to broadcast a weekly show and no trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to see the superstars and legends of country music perform live.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Created in 1967 to preserve the history of country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame has both permanent and visiting collections and exhibits showcasing some of the biggest legends in country music history. Learn how and where country music began, see and hear yesterday’s biggest stars and discover how country music has evolved over the years.
You’ll tour the home of the King of Rock and Roll and see where he lived, relaxed and created the music that made him famous. Included in the tour is his trophy building, the Meditation Garden where Presley and other family members are buried and his car museum, home to over 33 vehicles owned and driven by the King himself. Don’t forget to check out Elvis’ Tupelo, an interactive experience where fans can see personal childhood photos, rare artifacts and original footage of Elvis’s life in the Mississippi Delta.
Stax Records Studio
Considered one of the most popular soul music record labels of all times, Stax Records is where such artists as Otis Redding got their start. Now home to more than 2,000 interactive exhibits, films, memorabilia and artifacts you’ll experience the roots of soul, how Stax Records began, the control room where the music was made and the spectacular Hall of Records.
Sun Recording Studio
Long considered the birthplace of Rock and Roll this National Historic Landmark offers guided tours of where some of the most important figures in American music have recorded over the years. Everyone from Ike Turner to Elvis and Charlie Rich recorded at Sun. Still an operating studio, popular entertainers like Chris Issak and Wes Paul have recorded there in recent years.
Rock n’ Soul Museum
Founded by the Smithsonian, the Rock n’ Soul Museum pays homage to the musical pioneers who overcame so much to create the legendary music we still enjoy to this day. There are seven galleries to explore and enjoy.
Dinner and Entertainment on Beale Street
The blues were first took root in the Mississippi Delta and slowly found their way to the heart of Memphis. Now know as the Home of the Blues you’ll explore Beale Street and all its fine restaurants, clubs and shops. From Southern fare and Tennessee barbeque to performers carrying on the musical tradition started so many years ago, Beale Street is an experience you won’t soon forget.
French Quarter Walking Tour. These 80 city blocks are full of historical homes and buildings, most with interiors open for public tours. There are mansions, blacksmith shops, museums, the old U.S. Mint, the European styled French Market and so much more, all for you to explore and enjoy.
Cajun Dinner and Dance
Enjoy a scrumptious meal featuring classic Cajun delicacies like Shrimp Gumbo, Crawfish Etoufee, Boudin and of Beignets! Then get ready to be entertainment by a local Zydeco/Jazz band playing traditional Cajun blues, gospel, swing and more. Be sure to pack your dancing shoes because this music will definitely have you on the dance floor!