Sights & Sounds: 5 Music Vacation Destinations
Fact: Music makes every road trip better, whether it’s your favorite satellite radio station or a playlist you made before you left. But music can also be the reason you’re taking the road trip. We picked five obvious-but-great music-centric destinations for your next American Coach adventure.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This one’s a no-brainer: a single, iconic destination that encapsulates the entire history of rock ‘n’ roll and beyond, filled with memorabilia from the greatest musical minds of every generation. Explore literal decades of musical greatness in the stunning exhibits, take in some live music on site, then explore the vastly underrated city of Cleveland. (We’re not kidding.) It’s an obvious destination, but for good reason!
Pigeon Forge, TN
Apparently, it wasn’t enough for Dolly to just be one of America’s greatest songwriters, or a country music legend, or an occasional movie star, or a generous philanthropist. She also decided to have her own theme park, and frankly, we’re grateful for it! Yes, you’ll find all the rides, lodging, live entertainment, and food you look for in an amusement park. You’ll also see plenty of Dolly-centric attractions: wander through her tour bus, explore a recreation of the Tennessee mountain home she grew up in, and see memorabilia from her collection.
New Orleans, LA
You don’t have to look to hard to find a fantastic musical experience in New Orleans, but Preservation Hall is the stuff of legend. For more than 60 years, it’s provided intimate, acoustic live sets from members of the community rich jazz scene. (And their site boasts 350+ live shows in a year, so chances are you’ll be able to catch a show no matter when you visit.) According to their website, schedules get announced just a few weeks in advance, so keep an eye on their site and social media for details!
Minnesota was already a state worth camping in (what with its abundance of lakes and stunning greenery) but being able to tour the home studio of the late and legendary Prince just made it even more exciting. For three decades, Paisley Park was a home and production complex to one of the most prolific and influential musical minds ever. Now, you can explore the facility, see Prince-inspired exhibitions, and even see live music.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
This is a concert venue worth taking a cross-country road trip for. Have you seen it? It’s GORGEOUS. Yes, there are also on-site exhibitions and Halls of Fam to explore. But the real magic of this place is seeing your favorite band live with the otherworldly natural beauty of Colorado all around you.
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