The United States' country music capital, Nashville, has a lot of fun sites and activities for residents and visitors alike, but it is also surrounded by history, recreation, shopping and much more--just a day trip away. These places, in all directions from Nashville, are a great way to spend a day.
Just three hours from Nashville, Graceland, the home of the late King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis, is located in the heart of Memphis, Tennessee, and attracts millions of visitors every year. Walk through the beautiful southern-style mansion--from the Jungle Room to the horse stables to the recording studio. For a little bit extra, you can tour Elvis' private jets, his cars and watch compelling documentaries about the King. Tour prices range between $34 and $70, offering different levels of tickets and different exhibits with each.
Graceland 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis, TN 38116 (901) 332-3322 elvis.com
Just 3.5 hours from Nashville in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Dollywood is a theme park named after country music star Dolly Parton. The park is located in the heart of the Smokey Mountains and has rides, concessions, shows and much more to keep you entertained all day. The park also has a water park and numerous dinner shows. Tickets price between $40 and $80.
Dollywood 1198 McCarter Hollow Rd Pigeon Forge, TN 37862 (865) 428-3386 dollywood.com
Mammoth Cave National Park
Just south of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Mammoth Cave is only 1.5 hours north of Nashville. The national park has more than 367 miles of explored cave (and much more unexplored) and is the world's longest cave system. Take a tour through the expansive and cavernous cave systems with a tour guide, learning about the geological phenomenon and history behind the attraction. Mammoth attracts millions of tourists every year. The rest of the park offers picnic areas, camping and activities for children. The tours price between $8 and $20, depending on how deep you go into the caves.
Mammoth Cave National Park 1 Mammoth Cave Parkway Mammoth Cave, KY 42259 (270) 758-2180 nps.gov/maca/