Spring break is coming up, and that means University of Colorado students are busy hatching vacation ideas.

Do you really want to go on the same boring vacation? What if you could travel to some cool parts of the country, take a rock 'n' roll road trip and check out some music history?

Here's the your guide to some interesting musical adventures made just for spring break 2010.


It's spring and that means the sun should be starting to peak out in Seattle.

The West Coast city's been home to everyone from Nirvana to Jimi Hendrix, so there's lots of sites to take in.

Experience Music Project and Hall of Fame: Located at the Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave., the EMP is the ultimate music experience. Music fans can see what it's like to be a rock star, check out moments in music history and view the current exhibits.

This spring, EMP features a Jimi Hendrix exhibit and an exhibit of rock photographs.

Pioneer Square: Located in the southwest sector of downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square is known as the city's club zone. This is the place where the grunge scene was born.

One of the key clubs to visit for your music history lesson is the Central Saloon (207 First Ave. South). Yep, that's the place where Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains played some of their first gigs.

Music fans will also want to check out Jimi Hendrix's gravesite at Greenwood Memorial Park, and the Kurt Cobain Memorial at Viretta Park.

New York City

New York's home to rock 'n' roll. There's lots of music landmarks to see, but the best way to check out the sites is via a tour company.

Rock Junket (rockjunket.com) offers tours that visit the musically historic East and West Villages, and a Beatlemania tour.

The Experience Music Project in Seattle.
The Experience Music Project in Seattle.

However, the prime tour to check out is the company's "Rock, Punk and Glam" tour. This adventure lets music fans check out the sites of CBGB's, the Fillmore East, Joey Ramone's and Iggy Pop's former digs -- and Madonna's first NYC apartment.

Chelsea Hotel: Locataed at 222 W. 23rd St., the Chelsea's known as one of the most famous rock 'n' roll locales around. This is the place where Madonna used to call home -- and the place where Sid Vicious' (Sex Pistols) girlfriend Nancy Spungen was stabbed.

John Lennon's New York: Fans of the late Beatle visit Central Park's Strawberry Fields memorial to see the million dollar landscaping Yoko Ono installed. They also visit the creepy Dakota apartment building where the Beatle was murdered (1 W. 72nd St.)

Los Angeles

Music history was made at downtown Los Angeles bars. Everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Green Day played early gigs at these clubs, and that's why a tour of the club scene would make a cool road-trip.

The Coconut Teaszer played host to bands like Green Day and Rage Against the Machine; Neil Young and the Ramones played the Roxy Theatre; the Whiskey a Go Go featured everyone from Guns N' Roses to Hendrix and the Viper Room is where actor River Phoenix died.

Incidentally, Colorado's The Photo Atlas plays the Viper Room (8852 W. Sunset Blvd.) on March 25. That's during spring break, so you can check out the club and see one of Colorado's best indie acts.


Why should you head to Cleveland for spring break?

You're going to want to check out the very awesome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located at 1 Key Plaza.

This uber rock museum features seven floors of exhibits, five movie theaters, interactive listening stations and very cool displays.

The rock museum's now features photos of Madison Square Garden concerts, Bruce Springsteen and Motown exhibits and a Michael Jackson Memorial Wall.


Call it kitsch or call music history, Elvis Presley's Graceland is the ultimate musical shrine.

Sure it's outlandish, but it gives you a glimpse of the early days of the music industry. A visit to Graceland features a tour of the outrageous mansion, the Elvis Presley Car Museum and the new "Elvis Presley: Fashion King" exhibit.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: A reason to visit Cleveland.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: A reason to visit Cleveland.

Graceland's (3734 Elvis Presley Blvd.) located in Memphis. That's Mecca for blues and soul fans, so you could really make this a spring break musical road trip.

Memphis also features cool music exhibits at the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum (191 Beale St.) and the Center For Southern Folklore (119 S. Main St.).

More road trips

Here's a couple of musical college towns you can check out during spring break.

Athens, Ga., has a prime music scene that's spawned everyone from R.E.M. to The Whigs. You can check out venues like the 40 Watt Club or The Melting Point.

The South By Southwest music festival will be over, but there's still plenty of musical action to hit in Austin, Texas.

This is the town that breeds bands like Ghostland Observatory and Band of Heathens. It's worth a road trip to check out all the Austin clubs on the famous Sixth Street.