Welcome to Tennessee and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Welcome to Tennessee and the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl!

We’re excited to have Georgia Tech and Ole Miss student athletes, coaches, administration, students and fans visiting our beautiful state during the Music City Bowl festivities.

From the moment you arrive, you are greeted with our famous Tennessee hospitality. Get ready - you are about to experience the holiday celebration of a lifetime that will engage all of your senses.

Musical treasures. Storied history. Outdoor adventure. Amusement parks and aquariums. Offbeat excursions. Culinary delights. Legendary music venues. Iconic music artists - Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Tina Turner, Hank Williams…and so much more. 

See:   The beauty of our land from the grand and mighty Mississippi River to the rolling hills of middle Tennessee to the majestic Smoky Mountains – and all stops in between.

Hear:  Our music is America's story. Listen closely.  You'll hear it in the lyrics and melodies found in the home and birthplace of country, blues, bluegrass, rock and roll, soul and gospel. We are the world’s music destination.

Taste: Sink your teeth into some down-home cooking with Tennessee classics such as pit-smoked barbecue, famous country hams and flaky biscuits. Or treat yourself to our upscale or trendy urban restaurants with international cuisine and creative twists on traditional southern cooking – many named some of the best eateries in America.

Feel:  The beat of our music from the soul of Beale Street in Memphis to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry to the birthplace of country music in Bristol. The breath-taking excitement of rafting, zip-lining or hiking in the Smokies. The rush of adrenaline from a Dollywood rollercoaster or petting a stingray at the Tennessee Aquarium. The relaxation of driving down a Tennessee back road with the top down. The past – every stop along the way has a history and story from civil rights and presidential homesteads to the Civil War.

If you are making the trip to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl from Mississippi, make sure to stop in Memphis and get ready to go with the flow. It's a city of music and food, history and heritage, all of it moving to the rhythm of the mighty Mississippi River.

Get a taste of Memphis music and nightlife on world famous Beale Street or walk in Elvis' shoes in the famous Sun Studio and Graceland. Learn about the giants of soul at the Stax Museum of American Soul and take time to discover the National Civil Rights Museum located downtown. The history is rich and the streets are alive in Memphis.

As you make the drive along I-40 to and from Nashville, don’t miss area attractions such as –

·         Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, near Brownsville

·         Casey Jones Village/Brooks Shaw Old Country Store and Restaurant, Jackson

·         Tennessee Pewter, Somerville

·         West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center, Brownsville

·         Loretta Lynn’s Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum/ Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Hurricane Mills

·         The Renaissance Center, Dickson

If you’re making the trip from Georgia, make a stop in Chattanooga. Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee, along the beautiful Tennessee River, Chattanooga is one of America’s most breathtaking cities. Walk along the city’s vibrant riverfront and experience the Tennessee Aquarium, ranked number one in the country for guest satisfaction.  Visit the the South's most renowned and unique landmark, the Chattanooga Choo Choo and take in the Hunter Museum of American Art with stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains. And you’ll see why Chattanooga is known around the globe as the scenic city with stops at Lookout Mountain, Rock City and Ruby Falls.

As you make the drive along I-24 to and from Nashville, don’t miss area attractions –

·         Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Distillery, Lynchburg

·         George Dickel Distillery, Tullahoma

·         Antique and Craft District, Bell Buckle

·         Arrowheads to Aerospace Museum, Manchester

·         Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Manchester

·         Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro

·         Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum, Wartrace

Football is not the only attraction in Nashville during bowl week. Nashville knows how to get the party started when the sun goes down! From the lively honkytonks of Broadway to the intimate venues sprinkled around town, the music is always turned up! Sing along to your favorite classics and enjoy original songs by new talent. With all that music, you’ll have a special soundtrack all your own during your visit.

You’ll also want to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the Parthenon, The Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson), the Ryman Auditorium, historic downtown Franklin, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art and more.

Visit tnvacation.com today to plan your visit.