Bristol Motor Speedway is a race track that every race fan needs to visit at least once in their lifetime. With the Short Track U.S. Nationals just a few days away, this weekend is the perfect time to get the family in the car, truck or van and head to Tennessee. For those that are coming to Tennessee this weekend, we wanted to help you all out with some places to visit aside from the track while you’re in town.


Obviously Bristol, Tennessee is known for being the home of the mammoth facility that is Bristol Motor Speedway, but one thing many people don’t know about Bristol is that it is a music town. Bristol is actually considered as the birthplace of country music.


Just a few miles away from Thunder Valley is the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, commemorating the history of country music.


Tempers on the race track aren’t the only things that get hot in Bristol. The temperature is usually quite hot as well. One way to cool off before heading over to the track is by going deep inside the Bristol Caverns. The Bristol Caverns are less than seven miles away from The Last Great Colosseum. The Caverns are considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful attractions in Tennessee and even feature an underground river.


One thing that people love about coming to Bristol is being in a town that actually is in two states. Yes, Bristol is in Virginia and in Tennessee. If you take a stroll down the center of State Street, you too can actually be in two states at once as well.


History buffs might be inclined to check out the Sullivan County Courthouse in nearby Blountville, Tennessee. The courthouse was gutted by a fire during the Battle of Blountville in 1863 when a Union battalion began shelling the town with heavy artillery. The courthouse was eventually rebuilt in 1866 and monuments marking the battle can be seen today.


Whether you’re a fan of American history, you like exploring, or even none of the above, Bristol has plenty of things to offer.


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-By Rob Blount, Associate Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

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Things to Do in Bristol While in Town for Short Track Nats