NASHVILLE (press release)—The state of Tennessee has claimed five of the top six spots on USA Today’s list of “10 Best Musical Attractions,” voted by the publication’s readers.
Memphis’ Graceland and Sun Studio hold the top two spots, respectively. Grand Ole Opry ranked fourth most popular; Dollywood ranked fifth; and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis ranked sixth.
USA Today’s “10 Best” Readers Choice list is published annually and is compiled based on responses to an online vote conducted by USA Today and 10Best, which provides users with unbiased and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.
This announcement comes at the height of live music season in Tennessee with Nashville’s CMA Music Festival, Manchester’s Bonnaroo and Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival in full swing.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has adopted the slogan: “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee” to drive awareness for the Volunteer State as the global music destination of choice.
The state’s $16.7 billion tourism industry last year attracted more than 101 million visitors from around the world.