Along with the iconic music, this itinerary is packed with history, scenery, quaint small towns and lively cities. Imagine standing in the very places where the most influential rock, blues and country sounds began. From yesteryear to today, immerse yourself in the stories and of course, the sounds.
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This cosmopolitan city where Margaret Mitchell penned her novel 'Gone with the Wind', is the capital of the South. A charming blend of Old Southern traditions mixed with 21st century America. Museums depicting early southern history are just steps from shopping malls and award-winning restaurants.
Distance: 148 miles
Distance: 139 miles
Distance: 102 miles
Distance: 210 miles
The drive between Memphis and Nashville has a couple of very interesting stops/detours. Check out Nutbush, the home of Tina Turner and then visit Brownsville and the world's only museum to dedicated to the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll," in the historic blacks-only one-room schoolhouse she attended as a child. You'll also want to stop at historic Casey Jones Village in Jackson for an ice cream at the 1890's Ice Cream Parlour, or pancakes and maple syrup in the famous Brook Shaw's Old Country Store Restaurant.
Our next stop is known as Music City ,USA, home of the world famous Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Also in Nashville you can visit magnificent mansions such as The Hermitage, once home to Andrew Jackson and an idyllic place for a picnic. Walking and trolley tours are an interesting way to see the city and toe tapping at a genuine honky-tonk bar is a must. Patsy Cline fans will also want to head to her museum and, nowadays you can even rent her home in the Nashville suburbs. Ask for details!
Distance: 219 miles
Gatlinburg is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which encompasses a half million-acre area of Appalachian peaks and Tennessee valleys. Here you can fish, cycle, golf, hike, river raft or take the sky lift to enjoy panoramic views. Visit neighbouring Pigeon Forge where Dolly Parton's Dollywood Theme Park entertains you with more than 40 musical performances daily, exciting thrill rides and a 25-acre waterpark.
Distance: 151 miles
Distance: 128 miles
This small attractive town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains boasts a beautifully preserved downtown historic district. This area of Appalachia offer activities from touring local wineries, hiking through secluded parks, fishing, leisurely boat trips and historic walks. In the evening head for the square for some world-renowned Georgia country cooking.
Distance: 65 miles
Although this is your last day, you don't have to head home just yet. Why not extend your tour to explore the historic North and South Carolina? Or perhaps you may want to catch a flight down to Florida and relax on one of its beautiful beaches?
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