Bristol is a Virginia city in the Appalachian Mountains with the same-name twin in Tennessee. The border between the two states runs right down the middle of the main street, State Street. Bristol is surrounded by picturesque South Holston Lake and the Holston River. Little Creek and Beaver Creek flow through the city. Bristol is recognized as the "Birthplace of Country Music" and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is the place to learn about people who contributed to the birth and development of country music as a new music genre.

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1.Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music Museum
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The Birthplace of Country Music is the museum in Bristol, Virginia, that showcases Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia’s key role in the birth and further development of country music. The museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, opened in 2014. Besides the museum, it includes the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and a number of educational and community outreach programs. The museum occupies 24,000 square feet on two levels. In addition to core exhibits which focus on the 1927 Bristol Sessions which recorded some of earliest American country music, and a Special Exhibit Gallery with rotating exhibits, the Museum also has a performance theater, a learning center, the radio station and The Museum Store. The Core Exhibits are hands on and interactive and have a number of artifacts from the 1927 Bristol Sessions.

101 Country Music Way, Bristol, VA 24201, Phone: 423-573-1927

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2.Benjamin Walls Gallery

Benjamin Walls Gallery
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Benjamin Walls Gallery in Bristol, Virginia, is the signature gallery of internationally renowned Bristol-born fine art photographer Benjamin Walls. Wells is an environmentalist, artist and entrepreneur whose art won him six international awards. He exhibited his photos in 50 museums in 12 countries and five times at the Smithsonian. Collectors of his art include Grammy-award winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, politicians and Hollywood producers. He has helped raise more than $300,000 for charity. Besides selling his photos and books, Benjamin Walls sister company now offers luxury trips to destinations such as Cuba, East Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

701 State St, Bristol, VA 24201, Phone: 877-989-2557

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3.Quaker Steak and Lube

Quaker Steak and Lube
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Quaker Steak and Lube is the Pennsylvania-based chain with over 60 restaurants all over the country, famous for their wings, burgers and steaks. The Quaker Steak & Lube® Bristol restaurant is a lively spot located near the Virginia-Tennessee border. It opened in 2014 and it quickly became famous for the best wings in the area. The wings come with 20 sauces with different level of hotness. In style with all Quaker Steak and Lube restaurants, the décor is automotive, with classic yellow car and a bunch of bikes hanging above guests. The menu is extensive and there is always something happening at The Lube - their trademark Bike Night, live music and plenty of TVs for those big game nights.

629 State St, Bristol, VA 24201, Phone: 276-644-9464

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4.McAlister's Deli

McAlister's Deli
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McAlister’s Deli is a family-friendly counter-serve chain of restaurants famous for their sweet tea and fabulous sandwiches such as 13-layer McAllister Club. Their Bristol location in the Euclid Avenue Shopping Center is modern and bright, offering the McAlister’s classic extensive menú with a wide range of fresh sandwiches, wraps, salads, huge stuffed baked potatoes, soups, side dishes, desserts and a range of their signature specialty flavored sweet teas. The restaurant has a pickup window. Customers can use their smart phone app to order online or call the restaurant with their order and then come and pick it up at the window.

1321 Euclid Ave Ste 1, Bristol, VA 24201, Phone: 276-644-0695

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5.Krystal

Krystal
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Krystal is a fast food restaurant chain with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It has been established in 1932 and has been serving southern favorites ever since. Krystal is famous for its small, square grilled hamburgers stuffed in fresh-steamed buns, chili cheese pups, corn dogs and breakfast with fresh eggs, sausage and grits. Krystal is popular for breakfast crowd – it opens at 7 am, but also with late night after-party crowds, since they stay open until 3 am. Krystal Bristol location is bright and modern, with large windows overlooking the street, perfect for people-watching. Krystal also has a drive-through option for those in a hurry.

1400 Euclid Ave, Bristol, VA 24201, Phone: 276-645-0360

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