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Elvis' Airplanes are Now Departing Graceland for...Your Backyard?

January 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

One of the USA's most visited private homes is losing its most famous lawn ornaments.

Say so long to the two private jets in the side yard of Elvis' Graceland; both airplanes lost the battle to stay their ground—which we reported on back in July, 2014—and are already on the auction block.

Despite Priscilla's protests, Elvis Presley Enterprises (operators of Graceland) are evicting the planes, which no longer fly but do admit visitors for an additional fee. Walking through the Lisa Marie (a Convair 880) and Hound Dog II (a Lockheed JetStar) was our favorite part of making it to Graceland in Memphis.

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How to Get Tickets to the 2015 Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville

December 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | ()

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Festival is returning to Nashville in 2015 with more stand-up, improv, and comedian panels. Tickets for the six day fest, taking place April 14 - 19, went on sale Friday.

Last year's inaugural festival drew more than 20,000 fans to Nashville for 29 shows, and other special events. Hannibal Buress, Joel McHale, Anjelah Johnson, Frank Caliendo, Jeanne Robertson, Lewis Black, Doug Benson, Tig Notaro, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Eric Andre, and Kevin Smith are among the performers who have already joined the 2015 lineup, with more acts to be announced soon.

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How to Get Tickets to Graceland's Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | ()

On Friday, Nov. 21, Graceland will hold a holiday lighting ceremony that would make Elvis proud.

The event will include everything from a Santa in a red jumpsuit to a life-size nativity scene that is part of the Presley family's traditional Christmas décor. All of the night's festivities will be hosted by John Stamos, who will be joined by patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. Stamos is also the voice of the new Graceland iPad Tour.

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Chances are You've Never Heard of One of the USA's Most Popular Museums

November 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

Looking for something to do—how about a visit to a new museum? Dubbed the “mini-Smithsonian”—at least by its founders—the Discovery Park of America sits in rural Tennessee, but apparently visitors have had no problem at all finding it.

Officials over at the museum kind of expected around 150,000 people tops to check things out in the first year. Well, the museum celebrated its first birthday over the weekend, and over 270,000 people have already visited.

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Training Camp Travel: Tracking the Tennessee Titans in Nashville

August 5, 2014 at 11:25 AM | by | ()

Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:

Every team has a chance of winning it all when the season starts up, and that includes the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately for fans of the team they’re probably a little bit of a long shot, as some odds makers are putting them in at 100:1 when it comes to winning the Super Bowl early next year. Nonetheless the games must be played, and the fans will show up. All the fun begins with training camp that is now underway.

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Check out quarterback Jake Locker—playing under the final year of his contract—as the team hits the practice field under the direction of new coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team can be found at Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, so no need to head too far out of town to check things out. Several practices are done and finished, but there are still public options available on August 6, 11, and 12—tomorrow’s practice begins at 9:20am and the others take place in the afternoon at 2:50.

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Are Elvis' Airplanes On the Move Once Again?

July 16, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

If you’ve been putting off that pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis, TN you might want to head down sooner rather than later, as it sounds like there’s going to be some moving and shaking around the grounds with redevelopment.

Nothing is official as of yet—and Priscilla Presley is even telling people to calm down—but there’s some talk that his two private jets on display are about to be evicted.

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How Nashville Airport is Bettering Your Pre-Flight Beer

June 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

Here’s something we can’t help but love, as there’s one airport that’s all about the pre-departure beverage. We’ve all had a beer—or two—before takeoff, but now the folks at Nashville International Airport are taking it to the next level.

No longer are you just limited to enjoying your craft draft at the bar, but now you’re free to take it anywhere in the terminal. It’s not quite a full-fledged beer garden at the airport—more on those tomorrow—but it is an awesome option for those looking to enjoy a beverage outside the usual setting.

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What $100 Million Will Buy You at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

April 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | ()

There’s all kinds of things that may come to mind when one thinks of Nashville, but one of the first that pops into one’s head has to be country music. At least that’s what the city is banking on, as they’re cashing in their savings and spending a whole bunch of money to update and improve one of their most visited attractions.

Over the last few years around $100 million has been spent to expand and upgrade the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and that means more room for exhibits, artifacts, and visitors. Just this week the final expansion opened up to the public, and museum officials are hoping this will bring even more to town and to the museum to check things out.

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'Nashville' Fans Can Board a New Bus Tour of the Music City

December 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM | by | ()

Music fans have always been drawn to Tennessee, but now TV fans have a reason to visit, too.

As the second season of ABC's series Nashville hits the halfway mark, fans continue to tune in for the drama, and a look at the city's most famous landmarks.

Gray Line is taking advantage of the fandom surrounding the show with a newly launched Nashville Bus Tour.

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Dolly Parton Doles Out $300 Million on New Roller Coasters and More

August 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM | by | ()

Harry Potter and Mickey Mouse better watch their backs, as there’s a theme park planning quite a big expansion. Dollywood is preparing to go all in with their offerings, as it sounds like they’re looking to throw down around $300 million to improve, expand, and upgrade.

All the goodies aren’t happening all at once, as the big influx of cash will be spent somewhat slowly—like over the next ten years or so. Namesake Dolly Parton recently spilled the beans, as she revealed that the theme park would be finally expanding into a full-fledged resort. She expects that a 300-room hotel and more will be just part of the new look of Dollywood—something they’re calling Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.

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Kristen Stewart's Southern Road Trip Ended at a Nashville Tattoo Parlor

June 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | ()

Kristen Stewart isn't spending the summer moping around after her breakup with Robert Pattinson; instead the Twilight star took a road trip through the south with friends.

Last week Kristen was spotted at the Hooters in Amarillo, TX where she posed with fans and reportedly had the restaurant's Daytona chicken wings and a beer for dinner. And, based on the photos she took with fans on the way out, Kristen seemed to be in an uncharacteristically good mood.

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Wish You Were Here: Memphis Airport's BBQ-palooza

April 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM | by | ()

Step off the plane at Memphis International Airport and, while you're still in the jetbridge, before even entering the terminal proper, the tangy sweet smell of BBQ sauce assaults your olfactory. There's no escaping the scent; Memphis' airport is home to no fewer than three barbecue restaurants—two locations of Jim Neely's Interstate BBQ, and one Corky's BBQ.

Upon landing from our Delta flight in from Atlanta (another airport that smells of yummy eats), we made a bee-line for the Interstate BBQ and their BBQ pulled pork sandwich and then played the tourist with some browsing in the airport's dedicated Elvis souvenir shop. Oh, and what was playing over the airport's sound system? Elvis' greatest hits, naturally.

Wish you were here!

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