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It’s barely dawn on a Saturday morning and you already have the car packed with everything from yard games to spare ribs. You’ve somehow managed to fit into a faded college sweatshirt from sophomore year and soon will hit the road to your old stomping grounds for a day of food, fun and football. It must be tailgating season.

We’ve searched stadium parking lots (and waterways) across the country to bring you some of the most unique tailgating scenes to put on your bucket list this fall.

University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) – The Grove
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty! Like many schools around the country, Ole Miss claims to have the best tailgating scene around, and 1 trip to Oxford may leave you convinced. The reasoning? The Grove. This 10-acre quad/park at the heart of campus transforms into downtown tailgate town on Rebel’s game days. A sea of blue and red cover this grassy area as fans dressed in their Sunday’s best parade from tent to tent sampling delicious food and drink. It is a true taste of southern hospitality that can’t be missed. READ MORE

Elvis Presley performs for crowd in 1957

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Put on your blue suede shoes and celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! This week, fans of all ages flocked to Memphis, TN, for the annual Elvis Week celebration. And this year, fans are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll! On July 5, 1954, Elvis recorded “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio in Memphis, which brought rock ‘n’ roll to life, and transformed the music industry forever.

In 1957, just 3 years after recording “That’s All Right,” Elvis is pictured above performing on an outdoor stage to the adulation of a large crowd.

Pay homage to the King, and travel to Memphis, where you can book a stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, tour Sun Studio and visit Elvis’ home and gravesite at Graceland — Memphis’ most popular tourist attraction, welcoming more than 600,000 visitors a year!

And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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A trip to Memphis isn’t complete without visiting Mud Island, located a mile from downtown. Take the monorail, a ferry, drive or just walk across the footbridge to hear bands play at the 500-seat amphitheater; explore the history of the lower Mississippi valley at the Mississippi River Museum; go biking or paddle boating in Mississippi River Park; or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants located on the island.

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Dolly Parton at Dollywood's Splash Country

Dolly flipped the switch, and RiverRush welcomed its first riders at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

“There’s a lot of fun in store at my Dollywood’s Splash Country in 2013,” Dolly Parton said. “Growing up, playing in the creeks and streams here in the Smoky Mountains, I could only dream of something like a water coaster. But look at us now!”

Thanks to cutting-edge hydromagnetic technology and linear induction motors, RiverRush defies logic. Guests ride a 4-person boat 237 feet in the air and race down a 25-foot, 45-degree drop. Moving water continues to propel them up hills, through twists and tunnels, hairpin turns, rapids and 3 more scream-inducing drops along the 1,176-foot track.

Named America’s Must-See Waterpark in 2009 by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Dollywood’s Splash Country also features Fire Tower Falls, the state’s tallest twin-speed slides, a 25,000-sq-foot wave pool, a 1,500-foot lazy river and more than 25 speed slides and white-water rafting adventure rides.

In preparation for the highly anticipated RiverRush, Dollywood’s Splash Country introduced Time Saver, a convenient line reservation system. The system reserves a rider’s spot in select lines, freeing them to experience other attractions. A waterproof wristwatch device indicates when it’s time to return to the ride.

Dollywood’s Splash Country, located next to Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN, is open 10am-6pm daily through Labor Day.

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