Best Musical Destinations In America

America has had a huge influence on world music especially with people like Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley. People often forget about all the fantastic musical places to visit.

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America is associated with many attractions and theme parks but take a look below to get a really good sense of America’s music heritage.

Motown Museum

Take a trip to Detroit where you can check out the Motown Museum more commonly known as Hitsville. You will find thousands of people visiting the home and heart of Motown. It’s definitely become a tourist hotspot and not one to be missed.

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The museum shows the history of Motown from 1959 through to the present day. Visitors love to spend a bit of time in studio A where many Motown hits were recorded.


Attracting over 600,000 visitors a year Graceland is probably the most visited musical tourist spot in the USA. Graceland was, of course, made famous by being the home of Elvis Presley.

The private mansion sits on nearly 40 acres of land and is seen as a symbol of America’s musical greatness. Taking a trip here will really give an insight into the life of the king of rock and roll.

Visitors are able to take an iPad tour around Graceland, spend time in the meditation gardens and it’s even possible to hire it for special occasions such as weddings.

While your visiting you should also think about visiting Sun Studios where Elvis made his first record.


What music list would be complete without the famous Dolly Parton?

She’s an iconic part of America’s music history. She is known as one of country music’s most famous stars and people travel from all around the world to visit Dollywood. She has a 150-acre family-friendly theme park making it the perfect excuse to fit it in on a family vacation.

While at Dollywood visitors can enjoy loads of different shows, make crafts, go on different rides and celebrate a variety of festivals throughout the year.

There is plenty to do around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg while you are visiting. Vacations Made Easy have some brilliant ideas for you to consider.

Musical Instrument Museum

This one is definitely for the musicians out there. It’s the home to musical instruments from many famous musicians such as Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Taylor Swift as well as Johnny Cash.

Love the song Imagine? Well, this Phoneix museum has the very piano that John Lennon composed it on. Isn’t that’s reason to visit in itself.

If you’re wanting to continue your musical tour around America you can also find some of Dolly Parton’s items here too.

It holds more than 12,000 musical instruments all together from all different destinations in the world. It has brilliantly interactive displays where you are able to listen to the exhibits through headsets.

This is another musical destination that is ideal for the family where children have a go at instruments such as the harp and African drums. If your a musical expert or just love instruments you’ll find it  interesting to be able to watch over experts restoring historic instruments using only authentic materials.

Las Vegas

This famous American destination just couldn’t be left off the list! Where else are you going to be able to see the like of stars such as Rod Stewart, Elton, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez all in one place? They all perform on a regular basis making this a vast musical place to visit.

Vegas is amazing, with its glitz and glam who can blame the stars for wanting to perform here. This isn’t the only thing that you can see in Las Vegas though. There are also many acts that you can see such as the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil which are masterpieces in their own right.

There are also attractions such as the famous Bellagio, Caesars Palace and the Axis Auditorium that should be seen when visiting. Not to mention the fact you can take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and along the strip.

You can arrange a day trip where you sing songs around a campfire during the day and then return to Vegas to see it in all its glory at night.

What musical destinations would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments section below.