Washington, DC's U Street Tour

Washington, DC's U Street was dubbed "Black Broadway" in the 1950s for its numerous theaters and nightclubs frequented by jazz musicians. Today the area continues a tradition of arts and music.

You Might Also Like

Michael Jackson's childhood home
Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson's childhood home

Michael Jackson and his famous siblings were raised in this modest house on 2300 West Jackson St., in Gary, IN. 960 1280

Jim Albright  

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

Motown Hittsville, U.S.A.

The Jackson 5 -- consisting of Michael and his brothers, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon -- signed their first record deal in 1968 with Motown Records. 960 1280

Victor Dvorak  

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Michael Jackson and President Ronald Reagan

After lending his hit song 'Beat It' to a campaign against drunk driving, Michael Jackson received the Presidential Special Achievement Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1984. 960 1280

Reuters  

Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs in Japan during his "Bad" Tour.

Michael Jackson performs on stage during his 'Bad' World Tour in Tokyo on Sept. 14, 1987. The tour drew 4.4 million people over 123 concert dates. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in New York

Here's a general view of the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn, NY. This is where Martin Scorsese directed the music video for Michael Jackson's 1987 single, 'Bad.' 960 1280

Getty Images  

Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

Neverland, Michael Jackson's estate

In 1988, Jackson bought this 2,700-acre home in California's Santa Ynez Valley and called it Neverland. The singer turned the estate into a fantastical fiefdom complete with a zoo, Ferris wheel and bumper cars. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

Michael Jackson and Fisk University President Henry Ponder

On March 10, 1988, Michael Jackson poses with Henry Ponder, president of Fisk University, who presented Jackson with an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the 44th anniversary dinner of the United Negro College Fund in New York. 960 1280

Hulton Archive/Getty Images  

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

Michael Jackson performs at Super Bowl XXVII

On January 31, 1993, Jackson performs during halftime at Super Bowl XXVII -- between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills -- at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. 960 1280

Zoonabar/Flickr Creative Commons  

A resort in the Dominican Republic

A resort in the Dominican Republic

To some fans' surprise, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley at a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic in May 1994. 960 1280

  

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Favela, Rio de Janeiro

Michael Jackson dances in a Brazilian favela in Rio de Janeiro for his music video, "They Don't Care About Us," directed by Spike Lee. It was the 4th single from his album, 'HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1.' 960 1280

  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Michael Jackson, a multi-platinum recording artist, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 19, 2001. 960 1280

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum  

Photos

Cabin Replica Dollywood

Cabin Replica Dollywood

Childhood Cabin
“Back through the years … I go wonderin’ once again … back to the seasons of my youth.” Dolly grew up “dirt poor,” one of 12 children. But her childhood in a 1-bedroom Tennessee cabin was rich with music. Both of Dolly’s parents belonged to a Pentecostal church, and Dolly often performed spiritual songs as a kid. Relive that world in this cabin replica at Dollywood.
960 1280

Cabin Replica - Courtesy of Dollywood  

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium
The day after she graduated high school, Dolly headed to Nashville, America’s country music capital. At Ryman Auditorium (the Grand Ole Opry’s home at the time), Dolly got this advice from Johnny Cash: “Go where your heart takes you.” Dolly poured her heart into songs like “Love and Learn.”
960 1280

Thinkstock  

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry

Grand Ole Opry
By her early 20s, Dolly had already made 2 studio albums and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry’s roster of singing legends. More than 40 years later, Dolly remains an active member and performs here several times a year.
960 1280

Joe Shlabotnik, flickr  

Austin, TX

Austin, TX

Austin, TX
This much fun couldn’t be legal! In 1982, Dolly headed to Austin, TX, for movie-making magic. As “Miss Mona,” Dolly won the heart of local sheriff Ed Earl (played by Burt Reynolds) in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
960 1280

Thinkstock  

Dolly Parton walk of fame star

Dolly Parton walk of fame star

Hollywood Walk of Fame
Speaking to her crossover appeal, Dolly got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. By then, Dolly had already starred in the mega-hit 9 to 5 as secretary-hero Doralee Rhodes, who tells her boss, "I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!” Dolly also sang the movie’s title song, which was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 2 weeks.
960 1280

Pamla J. Eisenberg, flickr  

Natchitoches, LA

Natchitoches, LA

Natchitoches, LA
In 1989, Dolly starred in another smash-hit film, Steel Magnolias, which was filmed here, in Natchitoches, LA. As beauty salon owner Truvy Jones, Dolly offers tell-it-like-it-is, one-liners: “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.”
960 1280

Louisiana Office of Tourism   

Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood’s Splash Country

Dollywood’s Splash Country
Dolly’s pride in her east Tennessee roots has enriched her local community. In 1986, Dolly opened Dollywood, which is now the No. 24 theme park in the US and employs 3,000 people -- including many senior citizens. Among its attractions is Splash Country waterpark (pictured here), which opened in Pigeon Forge, TN, in 2001.
960 1280

Dollywood  

Tour bus

Tour bus

Dolly’s Tour Bus
When this tour bus was built for Dolly in 1994, it cost an impressive $750,000. Step inside, at Dollywood, and be amazed: 2 bathrooms, a full bath and shower, plus 3 other beds -- now that’s traveling in style.
960 1280

Dollywood  

Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

Eagle Mountain Sanctuary

Eagle Mountain Sanctuary
The beauty of her native Tennessee has inspired many of Dolly’s songs, so it’s only fitting that Dolly is a big conservationist. Since 1994, Dollywood has been home to a 30,000-square-foot aviary, which houses America’s largest presentation of non-releasable bald eagles.
960 1280

Dollywood  

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede
Mega-music star, hit-movie actor … and powerhouse business leader. Dolly has invested much of her earnings into business ventures -- with direct benefit to local communities. Here’s Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner theater in Branson, MO, which employs nearly 300 local people.
960 1280

Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction   

Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame

Country Music Hall of Fame
The “Queen of Country Music” officially got her crown in 1999, with her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. That night, with her brother and sister cheering her on, an emotional Dolly thanked many people, including “Mr. Grand Ole Opry,” Porter Wagoner.
960 1280

Tim Hursley  

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Songwriters Hall of Fame
Dolly wrote her first song at the age of 5. Through the years, her songs have been covered by many other big names, from Whitney Houston (“I Will Always Love You”) to Bob Dylan (“Jolene”). Some 3,000 self-penned songs later, Dolly was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.
960 1280

WireImage.com / M. Sullivan  

Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center
“Dolly has a way of making everyone feel like they’re the only one in the room.” In 2006, country singer Reba McEntire introduced her friend Dolly Parton, who was being honored at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for her prolific songwriting … and a “voice that can bring you joy and hope when it isn’t breaking your heart.”
960 1280

Thinkstock  

Dolly Parton on Broadway

Dolly Parton on Broadway

Broadway
These days, Dolly is Broadway-bound. The singer’s rise from backcountry girl to country music superstar is now being developed into a Broadway musical. And Dolly’s writing it. This won’t be her first foray into the big lights of Broadway. In 2009, 9 to 5: The Musical debuted.
960 1280

Getty Images   

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede

Pirates Voyage
Dolly loves Myrtle Beach, SC, too. After operating as Dixie Stampede for years, Dolly’s dinner theater attraction here was renamed Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure in June 2011. Locals showed their love of Dolly’s continued support by declaring June 3, 2011, Dolly Parton Day.
960 1280

Dollywood  

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains
“Oh, these Northern nights are dreary, and my Southern heart is weary … the Smoky Mountains memories keep me strong,” Dolly once sang. Beyond song, Dolly showed her support for the mountains she loves when she joined Tennessee leaders in rededicating the Smoky Mountains National Park, on its 75th anniversary, in 2009.
960 1280

BlackburnPhoto, flickr  

Dolly Statue Sevierville

Dolly Statue Sevierville

Dolly Statue
So, in a career that’s garnered her 10 Country Music Association awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 45 Grammy Award nominations and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award … what is the one honor that Dolly cherishes the most? This statue outside the Sevierville, TN, courthouse. Because, she’s said, it came from the people who knew her best.
960 1280

Tennessee Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau  

The Hot List

Travel the world. Enter Daily to Win $10,000!  

Will Blake or Janel be the next Travel Channel Star?

Join the conversation on Social Media!
Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.