50 States, 50 Landmarks

From coast to coast, the United States of America brims with diversity. Check out our picks for the top landmark from each of the 50 states, in order of statehood.

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Parthenon in Nashville
Parthenon

Parthenon

See this symbol of ancient Greece -- in Nashville’s Centennial Park. This full-scale replica of the Parthenon was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood. Nashville’s reputation as the “Athens of the South” (the city is home to many colleges and universities) sparked the idea for the replica. 960 1280

David Joyce, flickr  

Music City Walk of Fame

Music City Walk of Fame

Take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Since the Walk was established in 2006, it’s grown to include nearly 50 names -- including 2009 inductee Josh Turner. 960 1280

Sameer Vasta, flickr  

Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum

Nashville is home to the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the US. The Lane Motor Museum features more than 330 automobiles -- such as this 1923 model built by Czechoslovakian manufacturer Tatra as one of the first “people’s cars” envisioned by designer Hans Ledwinka. 960 1280

dave_7, flickr  

General Jackson Showboat

General Jackson Showboat

Relive America’s riverboat days aboard the General Jackson, one of the largest showboats in America. Take in views of the Cumberland River from any of the 4 massive decks, and enjoy live country music from a 2-story Victorian theater. The riverboat is named for US president Andrew Jackson. 960 1280

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development  

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

See this African elephant at the Nashville Zoo, just 6 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. The 200-acre grounds are home to other endangered animal species as well, including the hyacinth macaw parrot, the Puerto Rican crested toad and the Bengal tiger. 960 1280

Brandi Korte, flickr  

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore a uniquely American musical sound at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The $37,000,000-facility illustrates country music’s evolution over 2 centuries. Hear the museum’s historic sound collection, which includes 98% of all country music tracks ever made before World War II. 960 1280

Cliff, flickr  

Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion

This Italian villa-style summer home was built in 1849 by one of the wealthiest women of the antebellum South. Adelicia Acklen lived here almost until the end of her life, in 1887. Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee. 960 1280

Jim.cassady, flickr  

The District

The District

Discover Nashville’s live music scene in the District. The downtown area, around Broadway and 2nd Avenue, is home to many bars, restaurants, dance halls and concert venues. Live music performances go until 3 a.m. on weekends. 960 1280

Timothy Wildley, flickr  

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

Pay a visit to country music’s most famous stage -- otherwise known as the Grand Ole Opry. The weekly performances have been going strong since 1925. Big-time names such as the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts have performed here. 960 1280

Cliff, flickr  

The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Tour one of the best-preserved homes of a US president. After retiring from public life, Andrew Jackson lived on this sprawling 1,000-acre plantation home known as the Hermitage. See Jackson’s personal artifacts inside, such as pistols, watches and swords. 960 1280

lumierefl, flickr  

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State Museum

Visit one of the largest state museums in America. Spanning over 60,000 square feet, the Tennessee State Museum explores the state's history, from pre-colonial days to modern times. The museum houses an impressive Civil War collection, one of the largest in the nation. 960 1280

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau  

Frist Center for Visual Arts

Frist Center for Visual Arts

There’s always something new to see at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. The art-exhibition center sees new art flow into its Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks. Exhibitions focus on visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major US and international artists. 960 1280

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau  

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974. It then fell into disrepair -- until singer Emmylou Harris held several concerts in the 2,362-seat venue. Since its renovation in 1994, Ryman has hosted many world-class performers -- from Aretha Franklin to Annie Lennox. 960 1280

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Printer’s Alley

Printer’s Alley

Welcome to Printer’s Alley, the famous area in downtown Nashville that’s home to numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In the early 1900s, Printer’s Alley was a prominent hub for newspapers, print shops and book publishers. 960 1280

Andy Gasparini, flickr   

Hatfield-McCoy Patriarchs
Hatfield-McCoy Patriarchs

Hatfield-McCoy Patriarchs

Meet the patriarchs from each side of the infamous feud: “Devil Anse” Hatfield (left) and “Randall” McCoy (right). Devil Anse would lose a brother and nephew to the violence, Randall would lose 5 children. Numerous other kin died on both sides. The root cause of the conflict was money, jealousy -- and a desire for revenge. 960 1280

West Virginia Division of Tourism  

Tug River Valley

Tug River Valley

The Tug River separated the Hatfields from the McCoys, as well as West Virginia from Kentucky. Hatfield (of West Virginia) built one of the most successful timber businesses in the valley. McCoy (of Kentucky) was not as lucky. Animosities grew in 1872 when Devil Anse Hatfield won 5,000 acres of land in court that had previously belonged to Randall McCoy’s cousin. McCoy was furious. 960 1280

Natalie Young   

Floodwall, Tug Fork River

Floodwall, Tug Fork River

This floodwall in Matewan, WV, notes the years of the feud: 1878-1890. The first real violence between the families was the murder of a veteran Union soldier, Asa Harmon McCoy. Initially, Devil Anse Hatfield’s uncle was a suspect. Thirteen years later, in 1878, tensions between the Hatfields and McCoys grew over the disputed ownership of a hog. The McCoys lost based on the testimony of a local man, Bill Staton -- he was later killed by 2 McCoy boys. 960 1280

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library, Wikimedia Commons  

Hatfield-McCoy Love Match

Hatfield-McCoy Love Match

This feud wouldn’t be complete without a tragic love story. Randall McCoy’s daughter, Roseanna, fell in love with Devil Anse Hatfield’s son, Johnse, at an Election Day event in 1881. Soon after, Roseanna became pregnant with Johnse’s child. But Johnse didn’t stick around for long. Roseanna’s baby died of measles at 8 months; 6 months later Johnse married Roseanna’s first cousin. Roseanna died several years later -- no one knows of what -- but some say she died of a broken heart. Here, a shot of the baby's gravesite in Pike County, KY. 960 1280

Vicki Pinson   

Election Day Fight

Election Day Fight

Tensions between the families exploded in August 1882 on this spot -- in Pike County, KY, at the intersection of Rt. 1056 and Rt. 319. On Election Day, Ellison Hatfield (brother of Devil Anse) was stabbed 26 times by 3 McCoy boys, then finished off with a bullet to the back. More blood would soon be spilled. 960 1280

Natalie Young   

Pawpaw Massacre

Pawpaw Massacre

Ellison Hatfield died an agonizing death after 3 long days -- and soon the 3 McCoy boys would pay the price here, along the Tug River, off Route 1056 in Buskirk, KY. They were tied by Hatfield kin to pawpaw trees and shot multiple times. Witnesses described their bodies as "bullet-riddled." The Hatfields weren't through with the McCoys ... 960 1280

Natalie Young  

New Year's Night Massacre

New Year's Night Massacre

In the dark, remaining hours of 1887, members of the Hatfield clan surrounded Randall McCoy’s cabin in Hardy, KY, and set it on fire. Randall escaped, but 2 of his children were murdered and his wife was beaten with a rifle butt. (All that remains of the cabin is this well.) The horror of that night led Randall’s cousin (the guy who lost 5,000 acres to the Hatfields years before) to hire a posse led by "Bad" Frank Phillips -- and bring the Hatfields to justice in Kentucky. 960 1280

Natalie Young  

Old Courthouse and Jail

Old Courthouse and Jail

In 1888, 7 Hatfields stood trial in this courthouse on Main Street in Pikeville, KY. All were sentenced to life imprisonment. But someone had to pay the ultimate price. That scapegoat turned out to be an 8th Hatfield, Ellison Mounts. Despite a mental impairment, he was hanged before a crowd of thousands in Pikeville. The year was 1890, and the Hatfield-McCoy feud had finally ended, leaving 12 people dead. 960 1280

Tourpikecounty.com  

Hatfield Cemetery Entrance

Hatfield Cemetery Entrance

So, which family won the feud? That question was settled -- once and for all -- nearly a century later, in 1979, when both sides appeared on the game show Family Feud ... the Hatfields beat the McCoys 301-227. Later, in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, both families symbolically authored an official truce. Today, an annual reunion is held the second weekend in June in Pikeville, KY, Matewan and Williamson, WV. Pictured here is the Hatfield Cemetery, located along West Virginia Route 44. 960 1280

David Gore  

Devil Anse Hatfield Statue

Devil Anse Hatfield Statue

The centerpiece of the Hatfield Cemetery is this life-size statue of Devil Anse, who died of pneumonia at the age of 81. The statue was commissioned by his 13 children shortly after his death in 1921, and erected in 1926. It’s made of Carrara marble from Italy, with Devil Anse’s likeness based on old photographs and physical descriptions of the patriarch's 5-foot-9-inch frame. 960 1280

David Gore  

Matewan Historic District

Matewan Historic District

This street sign in Matewan, WV, bears the names of the 2 families. In the decades following the famous family feud, Matewan’s historic district was the site of another violent chapter: the Matewan Massacre, a 1920 shootout between local miners and the law. This time, a Hatfield was on the side of the law: Matewan’s police chief was Sid Hatfield. The district also includes the Matewan Depot, where you'll find old photographs of the Hatfields and McCoys. 960 1280

David Gore  

The Matewan Depot

The Matewan Depot

Explore the Hatfield-McCoy feud at the Matewan Depot. The small museum showcases various photographs from both families, as well as other key figures from the conflict such as “Bad” Frank Phillips -- the leader of the posse that brought the Hatfields to justice. The museum also includes a miniature replica of the cabin where the hog trial was held. 960 1280

Natalie Young  

Coal House

Coal House

Also get your bearings at the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (about 20 miles from Matewan). It's housed inside the Coal House, a black building in Williamson, WV, built out of West Virginia coal. Inside, you’ll find an original legal summons once issued against Devil Anse Hatfield. Across the street, spend the night at the historic Mountaineer Hotel, where icons past and present, from JFK to Loretta Lynn, have stayed. 960 1280

Wesley Blaine Wilson  

Pikeville Historic Mansion

Pikeville Historic Mansion

While touring Hatfield-McCoy sites on the Kentucky side, spend the night at Pikeville Historic Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Nearby attractions include Dils Cemetery, which is the final resting place for several members of the McCoy clan, including family patriarch Randall, his wife Sarah and daughter Roseanna. 960 1280

Pikeville Historic Mansion  

Hatfield-McCoy Trails

Hatfield-McCoy Trails

Channel your inner Hatfield-and-McCoy rage on an ATV and rip across one of the largest off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world. The Hatfield-McCoy Trails cut through 9 West Virginia counties, across 500 miles. 960 1280

West Virginia Division of Tourism  

Wingo's Grill

Wingo's Grill

Near the Pawpaw Massacre site, you’ll find Wingo’s Grill. The restaurant, based in Matewan, WV, specializes in vinegar-based, slow-cooked barbecue. Pull up a seat and enjoy some good mountain cooking. 960 1280

Natalie Young  

Morrison's Drive Inn

Morrison's Drive Inn

And when night falls, kick back at Morrison's Drive-Inn in Logan County, WV. Since 1948, the restaurant has been servings its famous hot dogs, earning it the distinction as the "No. 1 Hot Dog in the State of WV." It was also ranked one of the top 32 hot-dog spots in America by Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine in March 2011. 960 1280

David Gore   

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The Kennedy Clan

The Kennedy Clan

The Kennedy Family in Hyannis Port, MA, 1948. L-R: John F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Patricia Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy (kneeling). JFK was the second of 9 children. 960 1280

Photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.  

JFK National Historic Site

JFK National Historic Site

See JFK’s birthplace in Brookline, MA. The Kennedy family moved into this 7-room, 2-and-a-half-story home in 1915; 2 years later John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in an upstairs bedroom. The home is closed during the winter, and reopens for summer. 960 1280

Sebastia Giralt, flickr  

PT 109

PT 109

Lieutenant junior grade John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific, 1943. For heroic actions waged after his ship was rammed by a Japanese destroyer, Kennedy received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. Hollywood later brought this story to the silver screen, in 1963’s biopic PT 109. 960 1280

  

JFK Island

JFK Island

This small island, in the Pacific Ocean, is the area where the 26-year-old JFK aided his injured crew after his boat, the PT-109, was rammed by a Japanese destroyer. Colloquially known as Plum Pudding Island, the tiny tropical island was later named JFK Island in honor of JFK’s heroism that day in 1943. 960 1280

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Bay of Pigs Invasion

Bay of Pigs Invasion

In April 1961, President Kennedy authorized the Bay of Pigs invasion, an attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro's Cuban government. In this photo, a Cuban tank is positioned near the area where 1,500 anti-Castro rebels came ashore. 960 1280

Reuters  

Kennedy Compound

Kennedy Compound

President Kennedy with his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, John Jr. and Caroline, in Hyannis Port, MA, August 1962. The Kennedy Compound comprises 6 acres of waterfront property, and was once the home of JFK’s father. The grounds also served as a base for JFK’s 1960 presidential campaign. 960 1280

Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.  

Cuban Missile Crisis ... and 13 Very Tense Days

Cuban Missile Crisis ... and 13 Very Tense Days

President Kennedy wrote "Missile Sites" on this map of Cuba and marked them with "X"s when he was first briefed by the CIA on the Cuban Missile Crisis on Oct. 16, 1962. JFK's brother, Bobby, later wrote a memoir about this flashpoint moment, when the US was pushed to the brink of nuclear war, in Thirteen Days. 960 1280

Reuters/Brian Snyder BS/YH  

'Ich bin ein Berliner'

'Ich bin ein Berliner'

On June 26, 1963, Kennedy visited West Berlin and gave a historic speech to a massive audience of 450,000 people promising American support to West Germany, in the wake of the Soviet Union erecting the Berlin Wall 22 months before. The speech is known for its famous phrase "Ich bin ein Berliner!" (“I am a Berliner!”) 960 1280

Photograph by Robert Knudsen, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.  

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

President Kennedy and daughter Caroline aboard the "Honey Fitz" off the coast of Hyannis Port, MA, Aug. 31, 1963. Caroline later named her firstborn son, John ‘Jack’ Schlossberg, in honor of her father. 960 1280

Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.  

JFK’s Final Moments

JFK’s Final Moments

President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy and Texas governor John Connally ride through Dallas moments before Kennedy was assassinated, Nov. 22, 1963. Kennedy was shot twice, Connally in the chest, wrist and thigh. A 10-month investigation led by the Warren Commission concluded, in September 1964, that a lone gunman was the culprit; but 50 years later, many doubts remain in the American public’s mind. 960 1280

Reuters  

Dealey Plaza -- and the Grassy Knoll

Dealey Plaza -- and the Grassy Knoll

Dealey Plaza, a 15-acre public park in Dallas where the JFK assassination occurred. The northwest side of the plaza is home to the infamous "Grassy Knoll," from which, the House Select Committee on Assassinations determined there was a “high probability” that a second assassin also fired at JFK but missed. Dealey Plaza was named a National Historic Landmark in 1993. 960 1280

iStockphoto  

Sixth Floor Museum

Sixth Floor Museum

Explore the details of JFK’s assassination, as well as his legacy, at the Sixth Floor Museum. Located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building, the museum houses a collection of 40,000 items related to JFK’s assassination. The museum also has a webcam that features a live view from the sniper spot. 960 1280

NK Eide, flickr  

JFK Eternal Flame

JFK Eternal Flame

An eternal flame marks JFK's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Just 11 days prior to his assassination, JFK had visited the cemetery for Veterans Day services, and remarked, “I could spend eternity here.” JFK’s family honored his wish; his wife, Jackie, and 2 infant children, would later join him at this burial site. JFK’s brothers, Senators Robert Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy are buried a few yards away. 960 1280

iStockphoto  

Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center

“I look forward to an America which will reward achievement in the arts as we reward achievement in business or statecraft,” said JFK less than a month before his death. Today, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1971, stands as a living memorial to America’s 35th president. The center is the nation's busiest performing arts facility and annually hosts approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totaling nearly 2 million. 960 1280

iStockphoto  

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, located on Columbia Point in Boston, is the official repository for original papers and correspondence of the Kennedy Administration. At the dedication ceremony in 1979, JFK Jr. read from the Stephen Spender poem, “I Think Continually of Those Who Were Truly Great.” 960 1280

Reuters/Adam Hunger   

Montreal’s President Kennedy Avenue

Montreal’s President Kennedy Avenue

That greatness translated into widespread international appeal. Following JFK’s assassination, the world joined the United States in mourning. This included Canada, where the predominantly Roman Catholic Montreal named the street west of Saint-Urbain Street as Avenue du President-Kennedy, in honor of America’s first Catholic president. 960 1280

Kenn Chaplin, flickr  

John-F.-Kennedy-Platz

John-F.-Kennedy-Platz

Eight days after Kennedy’s assassination, a square in front of city hall in West Berlin was renamed John F. Kennedy Platz. It was here that JFK had delivered his rousing speech to Berliners, proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner.” The renaming of the square is noted in this large plaque, at the entrance to the old-time city hall. 960 1280

Henry Lee, flickr   

Yad Kennedy in Jerusalem

Yad Kennedy in Jerusalem

And on a lone hill, on the southwest edge of Jerusalem, the Yad Kennedy memorial was dedicated in JFK’s honor on July 4, 1966. The flat-topped memorial offers up a powerful image: 53 concrete “ribs,” separated by high, narrow windows, depict the huge stump of a tree cut down in its prime. 960 1280

JerandSar Gimbel, flickr  

John F. Kennedy Memorial in England

John F. Kennedy Memorial in England

“This acre of English ground was given to the United States of America by the people of Britain in memory of John F. Kennedy.” Those words, etched across this limestone memorial, were dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II in May 1965, in Runnymede alongside the River Thames. JFK’s widow, Jackie, attended the dedication. 960 1280

Wyrdlight, Wikimedia Commons  

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park

“This is not the land of my birth, but it is the land for which I hold the greatest affection.” JFK was speaking about Ireland, which he visited in June 1963 -- he would later call his 4 days there the best 4 of his life. Visit Kennedy’s ancestral homeland, in New Ross, Co Wexford, and you’ll find the 623-acre John F. Kennedy Memorial Park. 960 1280

Sean Rowe, flickr   

Kennedy Memorial in Dallas

Kennedy Memorial in Dallas

When news hit of JFK’s assassination, Dallas became the undeserved target of a shocked nation’s grief. Cars bearing Dallas license plates were turned over and Dallas became known as the “City of Hate” for years to come. In 1970, wounds began to heal when this memorial to Kennedy was erected in downtown Dallas. Now, on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, local artists have put together the Dallas LOVE Project, a collection of 30,000 works of art throughout the city that show Dallas as “a city where love thrives.” 960 1280

ciocci, flickr   

Parthenon

Parthenon

See this symbol of ancient Greece -- in Nashville’s Centennial Park. This full-scale replica of the Parthenon was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Tennessee’s statehood. Nashville’s reputation as the “Athens of the South” (the city is home to many colleges and universities) sparked the idea for the replica. 960 1280

David Joyce, flickr  

Music City Walk of Fame

Music City Walk of Fame

Take a stroll along the Music City Walk of Fame in downtown Nashville. Since the Walk was established in 2006, it’s grown to include nearly 50 names -- including 2009 inductee Josh Turner. 960 1280

Sameer Vasta, flickr  

Lane Motor Museum

Lane Motor Museum

Nashville is home to the largest collection of European cars and motorcycles in the US. The Lane Motor Museum features more than 330 automobiles -- such as this 1923 model built by Czechoslovakian manufacturer Tatra as one of the first “people’s cars” envisioned by designer Hans Ledwinka. 960 1280

dave_7, flickr  

General Jackson Showboat

General Jackson Showboat

Relive America’s riverboat days aboard the General Jackson, one of the largest showboats in America. Take in views of the Cumberland River from any of the 4 massive decks, and enjoy live country music from a 2-story Victorian theater. The riverboat is named for US president Andrew Jackson. 960 1280

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development  

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

See this African elephant at the Nashville Zoo, just 6 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. The 200-acre grounds are home to other endangered animal species as well, including the hyacinth macaw parrot, the Puerto Rican crested toad and the Bengal tiger. 960 1280

Brandi Korte, flickr  

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore a uniquely American musical sound at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The $37,000,000-facility illustrates country music’s evolution over 2 centuries. Hear the museum’s historic sound collection, which includes 98% of all country music tracks ever made before World War II. 960 1280

Cliff, flickr  

Belmont Mansion

Belmont Mansion

This Italian villa-style summer home was built in 1849 by one of the wealthiest women of the antebellum South. Adelicia Acklen lived here almost until the end of her life, in 1887. Today, Belmont Mansion is the largest house museum in Tennessee. 960 1280

Jim.cassady, flickr  

The District

The District

Discover Nashville’s live music scene in the District. The downtown area, around Broadway and 2nd Avenue, is home to many bars, restaurants, dance halls and concert venues. Live music performances go until 3 a.m. on weekends. 960 1280

Timothy Wildley, flickr  

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

Pay a visit to country music’s most famous stage -- otherwise known as the Grand Ole Opry. The weekly performances have been going strong since 1925. Big-time names such as the Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts have performed here. 960 1280

Cliff, flickr  

The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Tour one of the best-preserved homes of a US president. After retiring from public life, Andrew Jackson lived on this sprawling 1,000-acre plantation home known as the Hermitage. See Jackson’s personal artifacts inside, such as pistols, watches and swords. 960 1280

lumierefl, flickr  

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State Museum

Visit one of the largest state museums in America. Spanning over 60,000 square feet, the Tennessee State Museum explores the state's history, from pre-colonial days to modern times. The museum houses an impressive Civil War collection, one of the largest in the nation. 960 1280

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau  

Frist Center for Visual Arts

Frist Center for Visual Arts

There’s always something new to see at the Frist Center for Visual Arts. The art-exhibition center sees new art flow into its Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks. Exhibitions focus on visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major US and international artists. 960 1280

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau  

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, from 1943 to 1974. It then fell into disrepair -- until singer Emmylou Harris held several concerts in the 2,362-seat venue. Since its renovation in 1994, Ryman has hosted many world-class performers -- from Aretha Franklin to Annie Lennox. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Printer’s Alley

Printer’s Alley

Welcome to Printer’s Alley, the famous area in downtown Nashville that’s home to numerous bars, nightclubs and restaurants. In the early 1900s, Printer’s Alley was a prominent hub for newspapers, print shops and book publishers. 960 1280

Andy Gasparini, flickr   

In 1963, nearly 300,000 protestors headed to the nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was a step in the right direction for passing the Civil Rights Act of1964. 960 1280

Library of Congress  

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his memorable 'I Have a Dream' speech at this spot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963. 960 1280

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On March 30, 1965, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King led protestors in a march from Selma, AL, to the capitol in Montgomery to fight for black voting rights. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. slept in Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, on the night before he was assassinated while standing on the hotel's balcony in 1968. 960 1280

Reuters  

The Lorraine Motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, which chronicles the civil rights movement and provides opportunities to learn more about peace and justice in our world. 960 1280

Reuters  

Visitors pay their respects to Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King at the crypt at the King Center in Atlanta. 960 1280

Reuters  

Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage in Montgomery, AL, between 1954 and 1960. Today, you can take a tour of the church and parsonage, both National Historic Landmarks. 960 1280

Library of Congress  

Two great civil rights leaders are celebrated at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit. 960 1280

Reuters  

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati celebrates our country's civil rights heroes from the days of slavery and the Underground Railroad to modern times. 960 1280

Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions  

In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. This action rocked the country and sparked another battle in the war for civil rights. Today, the public can step on the bus where it all began at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. 960 1280

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The Rosa Parks Museum tells the tale of the 'victory ride' and the 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system that happened after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. 960 1280

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Rosa Parks passed away in 2005 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. preached about nonviolence and peace from the pulpit of the original Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which was across the street from the new sanctuary on the grounds of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. 960 1280

  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

In October 2011, after more than 2 decades of planning, the MLK Memorial opened in Washington, DC. Critics were unhappy with “drum major” quote abbreviation (pictured); the Department of Interior has since announced the quote will be removed. 960 1280

PBS NewsHour, flickr