Beyond music festivals and live concerts, the world is filled with attractions deserving of a spot on any music lover's bucket list. We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to vote for their favorite musical attractions from a pool of 20 museums, memorials, historic studios and epic record stores.
After four weeks of voting, one legendary attraction won the title of Best Musical Attraction by a landslide: Graceland. Each year some 600,000 people visit the former home of Elvis in Memphis, making it one of the most-visited private homes in the country and a clear favorite with our music-loving readers.
The Elvis love continues in the number two finisher. Sun Studio, also in Memphis, snagged the runner-up spot for Best Musical Attraction, likely because it's one of the most famous recording studios on the planet and the place where The King recorded his first song.
Tennessee proved its place as a bucket list destination for music lovers with four out of the top five winners.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Musical Attraction are as follows:
- Graceland - Memphis
- Sun Studio - Memphis
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - Cleveland
- Grand Ole Opry - Nashville
- Stax Museum of American Soul Music - Memphis
- Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
- Motown Museum - Detroit
- EMP Museum - Seattle
- Joshua Tree National Park - California
- Hansa Studios - Berlin
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Ben Kaye and Adam Kivel (Consequences of Sound) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of America's live music scene.
Additional nominees for Best Musical Attraction included Abbey Road in London, Amoeba Music in Hollywood, Apollo Theater in New York, Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica, The Dakota/Strawberry Fields in New York, Elliott Smith Memorial Wall in Los Angeles, Hotel Chelsea in New York, Kurt Cobain House/Viretta Park in Seattle, Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Georgia.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo