10 great places to know it's more than rock 'n' roll

"Many legendary moments were captured at this tiny studio, and many artifacts remain in this ongoing recording studio and attraction — including Elvis Presley's mike," Epting says. "Magic moments include July 5, 1954, when a young Elvis recorded an obscure blues tune, That's All Right. Or when Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On here. Tours are given every day." 800-441-6249; sunstudio.com

Woodstock site Bethel, N.Y.

"A concrete marker sits near where the stage stood for this legendary 'Music and Art Fair,' three days of peace and love held in mid-August 1969. This seminal event included performances by now legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix and Crosby, Stills & Nash," Epting says. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opened here in 2006, featuring a performing arts center; and in 2008, a '60s museum will open that includes the culture, politics and music of that most controversial decade. 866-781-2922; bethelwoodslive.org

Buddy Holly Plane crash site Clear Lake, Iowa

"In February 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper boarded a single-engine plane after performing at the Surf Ballroom to fly ahead of a heatless tour bus in the dead of winter," Epting says. "The plane crashed, killing all aboard. Don McLean paid homage to the tragedy with American Pie (The Day the Music Died), and fans pay respects at the site by maintaining a makeshift memorial in the windswept field." 800-285-5338; clearlakeiowa.com

Dylan Drive Hibbing, Minn.

"Hibbing was home to Bob Dylan, born in 1941 as Robert Allen Zimmerman. Bob's family moved here in 1948, and for most of his life in Hibbing, he lived at 2425 7th Ave. East, now renamed 'Dylan Drive,' " Epting says. The house is private, but the Hibbing Public Library has a permanent Dylan exhibit that includes vinyl albums, his birth certificate and bedroom window. Eat at Zimmy's bar and restaurant and see more Dylan photos and memorabilia. 218-262-3895; hibbing.org

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