Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. The origin of Cheekwood, as a concept, is traced to a family story involving Mabel Cheek making sure her husband, Leslie Cheek, Sr., kept his word to build a bigger house that could hold a gilt mirror, too tall for their current home in the 1920s.
There’s no greater country drive than the roughly 440-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, which wends its way north from the Mississippi River to the Alabama border and onward to Nashville. Could you drive it in a day? Maybe. But it’s better to break the trip in two and overnight in Tupelo, where the two-room shotgun house where Elvis Presley was born is now a mini-museum. —P.B.