Want to Plan a Music-Themed Vacation? Then You Need to Visit These Spots

Sure, you can read about where something happened or maybe watch it on TV or research it online, but there’s nothing better than actually being there.  The impact of standing in the exact spot, seeing, touching, smelling, feeling the atmosphere, is intoxicating.  This could be the best thing about travel.

For example, I’ve been to both Tienanmen and Red Square. I’ve been to the DMZ between the two Koreas.  I’ve crawled through tunnels built by the Viet Cong, counted swings of Foucault’s Pendulum in Paris, stood on a sand dune in the Sahara Desert, peered into Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island and walked the Berlin Wall.

And then there are music trips.  The Dakota and CBGB in New York.  The Sunset Strip and Melrose in LA.  Broadway in Nashville.  Berwick Street and Portebello Road in London.  The list goes on.

If you’re looking to create a vacation that involves taking in some sites and sounds, a good place to start is this article from the Grammy people which details some must-visit music destinations.  Still on my bucket list are:

  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Sun Studio
  • Graceland
  • Stonehenge

For more, go here.  (And make sure you flip through the picture gallery, too.)



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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