Multiple Regions- Southern Music (From Branson-AR-TN)
We start this Southern music tour in Branson, Missouri, the live entertainment capital of the world! Begin your morning discovering the uncharted waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment center, Branson Landing. It is located on beautiful Lake Taneycomo in downtown Branson and over 100 specialty stores and restaurants to choose from. Take the afternoon to shop, dine and see the spectacular synchronized light show complete with music and fire. Return to your hotel to freshen up for the night. Meet in the lobby and visit Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show. Enjoy a mouth-watering four-course dinner and an action-packed extravaganza. Return to your hotel for the evening.
After a belly-fillin' breakfast board the bus to depart Branson and arrive shortly at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas (approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes). Have lunch along the way at Ferguson's Country Store in St. Joe. The Ozark Folk Center is America's only facility that preserves the Ozark heritage and presents it as living history. Tour the grounds for demonstrations on pottery making, basket weaving, blacksmithing and other folk art. You can learn how to play the dulcimer, autoharp or fiddle. Check into the Dry Creek Lodge to freshen up. For dinner this evening, eat at the Skillet Restaurant for country cooking at its best. Tap your toes to a traditional American mountain music concert this evening. Return to the Dry Creek Lodge for an overnight stay.
Have breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant and depart the Ozark Folk Center to tour the "Folk Music Capital of the World". Browse the downtown stores for collectibles and arts and crafts. Depart Mountain View for Memphis, Tennessee (approximately 3 hours, 49 minutes). Upon arrival to Memphis, drop by the Memphis Rock'n'Soul Museum. Seven galleries examine the history of Memphis music and its impact on the culture. Check into your hotel for the evening and enjoy some finger lickin' bbq.
You can't visit Memphis without a tour of Elvis Presley's Graceland. Take a guided tour of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's 14-acre estate. Experience his journey to superstardom and see exhibits of authentic clothing, artifacts, awards and personal mementos. Dine in Graceland Plaza's Chrome Grille, Rockabilly's Diner or Shake, Spit and Dip. Next, experience Memphis' rich musical heritage aboard the Backbeat Bus. Ride in vintage '50s style while seeing the sights and hear music live by the Backbeat entertainers. Freshen up before heading out to Historic Beale Street, where the blues were born. Dine on world-famous BBQ and dance the night away to the sounds of the delta. Return to your hotel for the night.
Today, we are traveling to Music City, Nashville, Tennessee (approximately 3 hours, 13 minutes). Head downtown to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for a tour and lunch at the Sobro Grill. Interactive exhibits, old film clips and mementos of the stars showcase the glamour and behind-the-scenes workings of the music industry. After lunch, visit the historic Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Browse the downtown area for western wear, music at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and various other stores. Meet in lobby for dinner and a performance of the Grand Old Opry. Return to hotel for the night.
Begin on a musical note at the Nashville Nightlife Breakfast Theater. The venue features a Southern breakfast and musical stage show highlighted by Opry performers. The next stop on our Southern music tour is the Willie Nelson and Friends Showcase Museum. This museum features Willie Nelson's albums, guitars, personal items and tributes Grand Ole Opry stars. Get your dancing shoes on for an evening at the Wildhorse Saloon. Listen to contemporary country music and take dance lessons. Return to your hotel.
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