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The Solo Traveler’s Guide to Visiting US Music Cities

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Are you a music lover looking for a great solo travel destination? Look no further! Here are ten must-visit destinations in the United States for solo travelers looking to explore the country’s vibrant music scene.

Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee

Beale Street Memphis Tennessee music venues

Beale Street is a true gem of Memphis, Tennessee, and one of the most important pilgrimage sites for music lovers all over the world. The street is dotted with historic music venues and clubs, offering live music every night of the year. The legends of American music such as B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, and Johnny Cash started their careers here, and their legacy remains alive today. Visitors can taste Southern cuisine and visit some of the most famous bars in the music industry, such as the world-famous B.B. King’s Blues Club, which offers live music performances, a full bar, and the best barbeque in the city. For those interested in exploring the background and history of blues, the Stax Museum of Soul Music and the Blues Hall of Fame Museum are within walking distance of the strip.

Austin, Texas

Austin Texas live music venues

Austin is famous for its music scene, and for a good reason. With over 250 performance venues and a strong reputation for live music, the city never fails to impress. Austin hosts two of the largest festivals in the country, South by Southwest and Austin City Limits. Visitors can experience all music genres, from country and blues to rock and electronic, and everything in between. Austin offers an abundance of opportunities to explore the city’s music scene, including the Continental Club, Antone’s, and the Cactus Cafe. The venues are the heart of the music scene, and solo travelers can expect a warm and welcoming environment and a chance to enjoy some of the best live music in the world.

French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter New Orleans jazz music Preservation Hall

A trip to New Orleans without exploring the French Quarter’s music is an incomplete journey. The city’s music heritage is rich, with jazz, blues, and Cajun music flowing through the streets. Those wandering the streets of the French Quarter have the opportunity to experience live music at any time, from Preservation Hall’s historic jazz performances to the more contemporary Snug Harbor’s live music shows. Music lovers seeking a taste of the local music scene should head to the legendary icon of New Orleans, Cafe Du Monde. With jazz musicians playing in the restaurant every day, it’s a perfect spot to take a break and experience one of the unique slices of culture the city has to offer.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville honky tonk bars

Renowned as Music City, Nashville is the birthplace of country music and the home of the Grand Ole Opry. The city has a lively entertainment scene with artists playing in bars and clubs each night of the week. The downtown area is famous for its honky-tonks: the epitome of what makes Nashville such a fantastic music destination. Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World are iconic bars where many famous artists started their careers. Visitors can also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to experience the world’s most profound repository of country music history.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Colorado

Red Rocks Amphitheatre Colorado music venue

The Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a breathtaking venue nestled between two stunning sandstone formations, making it one of the most breathtaking music venues in the world. The panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, coupled with the fresh mountain air, make it a unique and memorable experience for solo travelers seeking a different experience from typical music scenes. The stage has been graced by music legends such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and U2. Visitors can hike in the surrounding park or attend outdoor movies screenings and concerts during the summer.

Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon Street New Orleans party destination

New Orleans’ Bourbon Street is the ultimate party destination if you’re looking for a wild but unforgettable experience. The strip is lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants, including the famous Pat O’Brien’s with world-renowned piano sing-along performances. Visitors can also catch jazz and blues acts from the balconies hanging over the street. The atmosphere on Bourbon Street is electric, and you’ll be dancing to the music until the early hours of the morning.

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is not typically known for its music scene: however, the city’s legacy has played a significant role in music history. The city’s world-renowned venues, such as the Fillmore, have attracted the top performers in the music industry, such as Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead. Visitors can also head to the Haight-Ashbury district, which played a significant role in the hippie counterculture and rock scene in the 1960s. The neighborhood was the birthplace of Janis Joplin and has developed a reputation over time as an evocative artistic and performance area.

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Graceland is a significant pilgrimage site for those who appreciate the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, visitors can experience the singer’s legacy by exploring the mansion and seeing his collection of costumes and memorabilia. The mansion’s audio-guided tour leads you through Elvis’s life while taking in the impressive collection of his cars, motorcycles, and private airplanes.

Seattle, Washington

The grunge scene has influenced music culture worldwide in the 90s Seattle, with Solo travelers looking for a great music scene can explore the city’s iconic music venues such as The Crocodile and The Showbox. Visitors can also pay their respects to the legendary Jimi Hendrix, who is buried in a cemetery in Renton, a suburb of Seattle. Fans may also visit the Museum of Pop Culture, which houses the Jimi Hendrix exhibit that celebrates the superstar’s life and musical achievements.

Famous Jazz Clubs, Harlem, New York

Visiting Harlem is a must-do for solo travelers seeking to explore jazz music’s rich history. The neighborhood is the birthplace of some of the jazz industry’s greats, including Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. The Apollo Theater is a cornerstone of music performance history and has been showcasing African American performers for over 85 years. The jazz venues in Harlem are legendary and have hosted many famous artists, and visitors can experience live jazz performances at the famous Lenox Lounge or Minton’s Playhouse.

Author: Caroline Hunter

Author: Caroline Hunter

Caroline Hunter is the ultimate travel chameleon - she can switch from a rugged backpacker to a glamorous hotel-goer in the blink of an eye. With a decade of solo traveling experience, she's collected tips and tricks from every corner of the globe. And now, she's generously sharing her secrets with us mere mortals who still struggle to pack a suitcase without forgetting something crucial. So, whether you're a fan of roughing it or prefer to indulge in luxury, Caroline's got you covered.

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