Where is it? Bristol
What is it? A museum, radio station and live music venue (and Smithsonian affiliate) that honors the beginning of commercial country music
Why go? In 1927 the Bristol Sessions were recorded here in Bristol, a town, literally on the Tennessee/Virginia border (the state line runs through main street). The museum is an interactive wonder where you can touch, listen and learn about the roots of "hillbilly music." The gift shop is a must-stop.
The 432-mile length of Tennessee stretches from the Appalachian Mountains to the mighty Mississippi River; in between is a state chockfull of beauty and fun. The Volunteer State is home to mountains and rivers, and its four major cities—Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga—have distinct personalities and tastes. You'll eat barbeque and hot chicken, listen to blues and country, hike and study at universities, make music and make art—and, of course, drink Tennessee whiskey.
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