When the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stress of trying to find the perfect present for everyone. This year, instead of another toy or pair of socks, consider a one-of-a-kind experience that makes long-lasting memories. From a day with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to a luxury suite at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” check out our gift guide and give your loved ones an experience that can only be made in Tennessee.
If you’re looking for a gift a music fan will love, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the castle of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Graceland is a must-do for any trip to Memphis, and the VIP Graceland Tour makes experiencing Elvis up close truly special.
VIPs skip the crowds and tour Graceland in a small group with their own guide. These Elvis experts can answer any questions about the King and will share never-before-heard stories as they stroll through the mansion — still in its original 1970s glory, just like he left it. VIPs also get access to Elvis’ private jets and can return to the mansion for a self-guided iPad tour as many times as they like throughout the day.
Also included in the tour is a trip to Elvis Presley’s Memphis, the recently added 200,000-square-foot entertainment and exhibit complex, including Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, Presley Motors Automobile Museum and the Icon: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit. It’s an immersive experience for all things Elvis as you see artifacts and photos from the Graceland Archives, a collection of the King’s signature jumpsuits and his favorite cars.
Give the gift of a Tennessee tradition by making your loved one an Honorary Duck Master for a day. It‘s an experience that can only be had at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis.
Back in the 1930s, the Peabody Hotel’s General Manager Frank Schutt and friend Chip Barwick returned from a hunting trip and placed their live duck decoys in the Peabody fountain as a joke. In 1940, Peabody Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, taught the ducks to march through the lobby to the fountain every day. He became the first Peabody Duckmaster, a role he held for 50 years until his retirement in 1991. Today the ducks still march through the lobby at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day.
Now anyone can be a Duckmaster with the Peabody Hotel’s Ducky Day package. A great gift for kids and a unique weekend with the family, this package also includes one night’s accommodation at The Peabody along with the Honorary Duckmaster title, an official brass Duckmaster cane, a reserved table at the duck march, and other duck-themed souvenirs.
What would a trip to Tennessee be without a taste of Tennessee whiskey? For the whiskey aficionado in your family, the Taste of Lynchburg Jack Daniels Tour is a great way to drink in one of Tennessee’s most famous whiskey brands.
Tour participants hear the history of Jack Daniels as they walk through the distillery with their storyteller guide. After the tour, they head down to historic Barrelhouse 1-14 and taste whiskey drawn from individual barrels, an exclusive experience that was once reserved for official distillers and tasters. Five different whiskeys are sampled, including several from the Single Barrel Collection and even a few limited editions. From there, they’re treated to a Southern meal at Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House Restaurant, a Lynchburg legend since 1908.
For the family member or friend who wants to do it all, adventure awaits with the Nashville Total Access Attraction Pass. Passholders can put together their unique Nashville experience by choosing from a list of over 30 participating attractions to write their own entertainment ticket. The options are endless.
Included are the Country Music Hall of Fame, Hatch Show Print, Adventure Science Center and more for a well-rounded Nashville experience. For $75, the Total Access Attraction Pass includes entrance into four attractions of their choice, free admission to The Parthenon and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and discounts at many popular Tennessee shops. Think of it as the key to Music City.
Feel the rumble of the engines. Hear the roar of the crowd. For the sports fan on your list, The Bristol Club at Bristol Motor Speedway is a one-of-a-kind race-day experience. Rated the third-largest sports venue in the United States and recognized as “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” this speedway is known for its unpredictable races. You don’t have to be a die-hard NASCAR fan to appreciate the excitement at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Take the heart-racing, engine-revving action of the speedway, add a first-class VIP experience, and you’ve got The Bristol Club. Not only will your NASCAR fan enjoy this luxury suite with theater-style seating, they’ll also get to meet a few NASCAR drivers and other celebrities during their visit. On Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series days, they’ll even get to walk the track before the race starts.
Surrounded by the beauty of the Smokies, Dolly Parton’s Appalachian-themed amusement park, Dollywood, is full of the spirit of Tennessee. Thrilling roller coasters, daring water excursions and toe-tapping live music performances have won this theme park many Gold Ticket Awards, a celebration of the “Best of the Best” in the amusement park industry.
VIPs get a personal tour guide during their time in Dollywood. The tour guide helps plan out the day and can share the history of the park or stories about Dolly. When it’s time to take on the rides, VIPs head straight to the front of the line. Other perks include a home-cooked meal at one of Dollywood’s restaurants (don’t miss the cinnamon bread at The Grist Mill), valet parking and a gift from Dolly herself. For a personalized visit to the park, the VIP Dollywood experience is one your family will be talking about for years to come.
Tennessee has an experience for practically everyone on your holiday shopping list. Make your loved ones’ year with the gift of new memories and an unforgettable experience in Tennessee.