Expedia Viewfinder teamed up with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to showcase music-inspired attractions along the western portion of the Tennessee Music Highway; and this time, we're revealing stops around the middle stretch. (Although the whole route technically concludes in Nashville, we extended the journey up to Bristol, the birthplace of country music, to include even more attractions. This midsection stretches from Camden to Nashville and features music-themed points of interest that are sure to make some noise:
Patsy Cline Crash Site Memorial
While driving near Camden, stop at the Patsy Cline Crash Site Memorial. This location is where a private plane, carrying country musicians Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas, crashed in 1963. Today the site includes a boulder engraved with the crash victims' names. Pay your respects and reflect on country music's loss at this solemn spot.
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
From Camden, head over to Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills. A close friend of Cline's, the country music singer has opened up her Southern plantation for tours and overnight stays. Her land features camping areas, cabin rentals, and outdoor activities, but the museums are the real allure. Explore Lynn's memorabilia in the Coal Miner's Daughter Museum and don't miss Loretta's Fan & Doll Museum. On occasion, Lynn performs at the ranch, so plan a visit during one of her concerts.
Grand Ole Opry
Discover Nashville's pride and joy at the Grand Ole Opry. Considered the "show that made country music famous," this icon dates back to 1925 when the first performance aired as a radio broadcast. Music legends from Jean Shepard to Randy Travis have graced "country's most famous stage," and the theater continues to host weekly concerts that air over the radio. Fulfill the ultimate pilgrimage by visiting this music mecca and attending a show and taking a backstage tour.
Johnny Cash Museum
Finally, there's a place where "Ring of Fire" fans can rejoice. The recently opened Johnny Cash Museum, located on 3rd Ave. South in downtown Nashville, is dedicated to the life and career of the Man in Black. It showcases Cash's mementos such as Folsom Prison tin cups and his Martin guitar with a dollar bill slipped between the strings. From his marriage license to music awards, this collection offers a glimpse into the rebellious singer's stardom.
Stay tuned for our next post, which will highlight music attractions on the final leg of your journey to Bristol.
Written by Chloe Mulliner