Whether you're a pop lover, heavy rocker or a jazz aficionado, the States' rich musical history and culture truly has something for everyone. From punk origins in New York and the roots of country legends in the Deep South to live music in Austin and mega pop residencies in Vegas – getting your music fix while travelling is easy. Here are some of our fave musical stop-offs!
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New York's East Village
The East Village is the perfect starting point if you want to explore the city's rich rock and roll history – finding out how the neighbourhood became the birthplace of punk rock. From The Ramones to The Clash, it's a part of the city sometimes ignored by visitors in favour of the more traditional attractions – but if you ever wished you grew up with CBGB round the corner, this one's for you. If you're looking to see more of New York City, check out one of our New York City Tours.
Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville
Considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, everyone's heard a Johnny Cash track. And the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville will quickly make you an expert in all things Cash. With costumes, films, hand-written notes, it's a must visit for any music fan.
Sun Studio, Memphis
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Opened in 1950 by rock'n'roll pioneer Sam Phillips, Sun Studio is one of the USA's most iconic recording studios. With artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis having all recorded at the studios, it has an amazingly rich history and plenty of stories to tell.
Jazz clubs, New Orleans
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When visiting the birthplace of jazz, you just have to see it live. The Big Easy showcases the genre like no other city, from traditional jazz to more modern, fusion styles. Grab yourself a bowl of gumbo and soak up the atmosphere of buzzing Bourbon Street.
The live music capital of the world – Austin, Texas
Whatever you're into, the Live Music Capital of the World is a huge playground of live music, with over 250 venues and performances every night of the week. Iconic Austin venues to check out include The Continental Club, for roots, rockabilly, country and swing; and Broken Spoke, which has hosted the likes of Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. The perfect place to practise your Texas two-step!
Las Vegas shows
What's a Vegas visit without a show or three? Get all the hits with residencies from the likes of Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie at Planet Hollywood. If you buy tickets online in advance, they tend to be a fair bit cheaper too – so why not get in touch with your future Trek squad and start planning ahead! And if you miss out on the big-hitters, don't worry! There's always something going on in Vegas – check out Fremont Street for free daily music and light shows.
Hollywood's Hard Rock Cafe, Los Angeles
It's definitely a tourist favourite – but for good reason! Hollywood's Hard Rock Cafe is conveniently located on Hollywood Boulevard itself. So once you've found your favourite rock and roll stars immortalised on the famous pavements, pop in for one of Hard Rock's epic burgers and take in the memorabilia-filled walls. And don't forget to grab yourself a souvenir!
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