Top Summer Getaways for Music Fans

Elvis with Rolls Royce in front of his villa 'Graceland' in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Elvis with Rolls Royce in front of his villa 'Graceland' in Memphis, Tennessee. 

With summer Fridays coming up, consider one of these iconic destinations known for their rich musical history. 

Asbury Park

Asbury Park was just another New Jersey beach town until Bruce Springsteen made it his home. The anti-Hamptons getaway is rife with must-hits, like the Paramount Theatre (where The Boss stages surprise shows) and Jack Antonoff’s Shadow of the City music festival.

Where to stay: The Asbury hotel, where Danny Clinch recently showcased his photographs (theasburyhotel.com; $132/night).
Where to eat: Porta, a lively hangout known for its Neapolitan pizza (pizzaporta.com).

Memphis

Left as it was when Elvis Presley resided in the sprawling mansion, Graceland exists as a sort of time capsule, offering an inside look at one of music’s most enduring figures. After touring the grounds, head over to Sun Studio -- home to some of Presley’s biggest recordings -- and then to Beale Street, where the Peabody hotel hosts its famous daily duck march.

Where to stay: The recently refurbished Peabody Memphis hotel (peabodymemphis.com; $219/night).
Where to eat: Central BBQ, for its world-famous wings (cbqmemphis.com).

Muscle Shoals

Muscle Shoals, Ala., is situated on the Tennessee River and home to “The Swampers” -- a group of ace session musicians that has wowed the likes of Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon. After touring legendary producer Rick Hall’s FAME Studios, where the Swampers got their start, watch the sun set over Joe Wheeler Lake.

Where to stay: Book a suite at the Victorian-style Hotel Finial (hotelfinial.com; $111/night).
Where to eat: Rattlesnake Saloon, an outdoor watering hole with live music (rattlesnakesaloon.net).

Detroit

Take a tour of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s residence and first headquarters, which came to be known as “Hitsville U.S.A.” following the success of acts like The Supremes. Once you’ve had your Motown fix, pick up some LPs at Jack White’s Third Man Records store and visit the Masonic Temple that White saved in 2013 and hosts an ongoing Dada exhibit.

Where to stay: Aloft Detroit (aloftdetroit.com; $195/night).
Where to eat: Mario’s, the Italian supper club (313-832-1616).

This article originally appeared in the June 3 issue of Billboard.

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