Nashville is neon-lit and the home of country music while Memphis is full of Elvis fans, history, and Southern BBQ dinners. Take a trip for a week or a weekend and enjoy fantastic music and tasty food in the deep south.
Jack Daniel’s Distillery
On the way to Nashville, or as a day trip from the city, stop in Lynchburg for a tour of the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The tour takes you through the factory with stories of the founder and the heritage. The 75-minute tour finishes with a taste of most popular whiskeys. Head into town after your tour to see the historic buildings and restaurants.
Grand Ole Opry
Broadway Road flies the flag for everything “country” in the downtown area. Surrounded by musical hotspots like the Grand Ole Opry. Daytime tours run for one hour and visit backstage and the dressing rooms. Cowboy boots, line dancing, and twangy vocals thrive here, you can even take your place on stage for your moment in the spotlight.
After a day of museums and exploring head out to the honky-tonk bars and restaurants on Broadway. Acme Feed and Seed has great BBQ, cocktails, and music. After your meal, keep the party going at Rob’s Western World, or Tootsies Orchid Lounge where there’s a different band playing on three floors.
Visit the studio responsible for launching the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The guided tour, led by knowledgeable guides, takes visitors through the studio and preserved recording studio. The tour ends with a photo opportunity with some of the instruments used by the great Johnny Cash and Elvis himself.
Civil Rights Museum
Starting from slavery through modern times the Civil Rights Museum is interactive and informative. The exhibits show an excellent timeline of the US civil rights movement and the events that transpired through the years. The self-guided tour ends in Martin Luther Kings room the day he was shot.
Head to Central BBQ to sample the famous brisket, pulled pork, and mac n cheese. Then explore Beale Street for blues, bright lights, and BB King. The street stays open till late if you want to party the night away. Or pick up another plate of BBQ for the road.