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3 Trip Ideas for the Ultimate Music Lover

Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame (photo: Jamie)

From California to New York, there are some amazing destinations in the United States for music lovers to explore.

You’ll find everything from country music to jazz.

If you’re the ultimate music lover, check out these three destinations with happening music scenes. Then, plan your trip today.

Country Music Trip to Nashville, TN

If you’re a country music fan, a trip to Nashville is something you have to experience at least once.

It's home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the CMA Music Festival. Nashville is also only three hours from Memphis, where you can tour “Graceland,” Elvis Presley’s mansion.

During your trip, you might even spot some famous artists that live in Nashville, such as Sheryl Crow, Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, and so many more.

Hundreds of honky-tonk bars are scattered across Nashville.

They’re a great place to go to listen to aspiring musicians and have a good time.

Additionally, Nashville’s WSM radio station hosts a live, Saturday night broadcast at the 4,400 seat Grand Ole Opry House.

Of course, there are several other awesome live music venues, too, including Ryman Auditorium, The 5 Spot, Exit/In and 12th& Porter.

Jazz Fest in New Orleans

Jazz Fest in New Orleans (photo: Tulane PR)

Jazz Music Trip to New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is most famous as the birthplace of jazz music.

However, it also has an eclectic music scene featuring gospel, funk, hip hop, rock, and heavy metal.

People flock to the area to listen to brass marching bands and the blues, especially during Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest.

As a matter of fact, the 10-day “Jazz Fest” attracts 650,000 people each year.

Some stellar artists that have come out of New Orleans include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, BB King, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Willie Nelson, Fats Domino, and Paul Simon.

You can listen to their music or check them out at one of the museums in New Orleans.

It is a diverse place that offers all sorts of cultural music experiences.

Just rent a car from Budget to explore everything New Orleans has to offer.

Superhumanoids at SXSW

Superhumanoids at SXSW (photo: Gerald Rich)

Live Music Trip to Austin, TX

Austin is dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the World” because there are more live music venues per capita than famous places like Nashville.

Plus, you can find venues to listen to any type of music you want.

Nightclubs and other live music venues scatter the downtown streets, and you can even find live performances in places like the supermarket or the airport.

Some of the most popular live music venues include the White Horse, Sahara Lounge, Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, and Elephant Room.

In addition, to live music venues, there are several other music attractions for tourists to enjoy.

For instance, the South by Southwest (SXSW) music event is a blast.

There is also the Texas Music Museum and the Paramount Theatre.

There is so much to see and do in Austin that you’ll never be bored.

These are just a few destinations music lovers will enjoy.

Other cities with awesome music scenes include Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and Branson.

What is your favorite music destination, and why? Leave a comment below.


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Nathan Mulligan

Monday 15th of August 2016

Fats IS from New Orleans.. But Aretha Franklin is from Memphis. Ella Fitzgerald is from Virginia and got her start singing in NYC. Paul Simon is from New Jersey, bb King is from Mississippi, James brown is from South Carolina, Wilkie Nelson is from Texas and Bob Dylan is from Minnesota...


Sunday 29th of June 2014

Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada has an excellent indie music scene, and is also at the heart of east coast pub folk music as well!

Jen Seligmann

Monday 16th of June 2014

These are all great places for music and why I want to visit each of them one day. I also think NYC is a great city for music as it offers everything from big music venues hosting the worlds top performers to tiny little jazz bars where you can discover new talent, and everything in between.

Nick Paton

Thursday 12th of June 2014

I would love to see some Jazz in New Orleans, I'm not even a huge fan but you better believe that when the sax comes out, things are getting funky!

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