Tennessee offers passport marking country music destinations

Published 9:27 am Thursday, January 2, 2020

NASHVILLE (AP) — A new passport will let tourists in Tennessee check off their visits to 22 of the state’s most iconic country music destinations.

The state Department of Tourist Development will be including the County Music Passport in an insert in the 2020 Tennessee Vacation Guide to be released Jan. 8. The passports are also now available at Tennessee’s 16 welcome centers.

The initiative focuses on country music locations featured in Ken Burns’ latest PBS documentary on the music genre.

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Limited prizes will be offered for participants who make it to five, 15 or 22 of the sites, including a custom Hatch Show Print and the “Ken Burns Country Music: An Illustrated History” book with the first 100 signed by Ken Burns and author Dayton Duncan. A branded Tennessee Music Pathways guitar is available for visiting all 22 sites.

The passport guides visitors through their own country music pilgrimage, including stops at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills and Memphis’ Sun Studios.

The passports expire in October 2022.