Take a Road Trip to Experience Country Music Heritage

In an increasingly polarized time, the country can still agree on at least one thing: Dolly Parton is a treasure. The queen of country music earned widespread acclaim in 2021 for two new albums, a book, her first perfume and—oh yeah—the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which she helped fund. While it will be tough to top those accomplishments this year, it’s still a wonderful time to spend a few days learning more about Parton and the musical heritage of her neck of the woods, both in her home state of Tennessee and in neighboring Alabama.

Best Driving Vacations 2022:Four Stunning Road Trips from Columbus

Stop 1: Nashville

Travel from Columbus: 380 miles, 5 hours and 42 minutes

Start your music-themed trip with a six-hour drive to Nashville. Spend a day in the downtown area, walking to destinations such as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the National Museum of African American Music and the Musicians Hall of Fame. You can also stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame, which pays tribute to performers across multiple genres who’ve made significant contributions to the music industry.

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