America is truly a wonderful place to be a music lover. This country has so many mind-blowing venues to explore, from outdoor amphitheatres nestled in the mountains to spectacularly decorated indoor spaces with well-preserved ancient architecture and incredible history. Here’s our list of the top 12 must-see venues across the country.

Telluride Town Park – Telluride, CO

Telluride is undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous outdoor venues in the country. The mountainous scenery is not just jaw-dropping, but ideal for a whole variety of activities, such as skiing and snowboarding. You can watch concerts and festivals while heading up the mountain in a chair lift. I mean, come on.

Photo by Kiran Herbert for The Mischief Collective

Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

Red Rocks is quite possibly the most mind-boggling place in the country. The fact that the monstrous Red Rocks just sort of exist in nature is almost too wild to comprehend. An on-site museum allows you to peruse dinosaur fossils and other ancient artifacts, as well as posters from their many concerts over the years at this legendary venue. If you’re able to score a backstage pass, you can leave your mark in the famous “hidden tunnel” underneath the venue, which has been signed by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles to Phish.

Papadosio 2015 – Jake Plimack Photography

The Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA

The views from The Gorge simply can’t be beat. Often serving as a home to bands like Phish and Dave Matthews Band, the venue, located smack-dab in the middle of nowhere, offers pristine views of the Columbia Gorge canyon. Sometimes nature just really nails it.


Phish 2011 – Photo by Kunj Shah

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Live Oak, FL

The Spirit of the Suwannee is a magical place with so much heart and soul. Nestled in Spanish moss along the Suwannee River and totally off the beaten path, you’ll feel refreshed and reconnected. Playing home to beloved festivals such as Bear Creek (RIP), Wanee, AURA and Hulaween, the Spirit of Suwannee has gained a special reputation with a unique community vibe, though it remains something of a hidden gem.

Patrick Hughes Photography

Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

This place is like being in Aladdin, on acid, in space. Huge, beautiful and seriously trippy room.

Via Aragon Ballroom Facebook

The Beacon Theatre – New York, NY

The Beacon is one of the oldest and most historic venues in NYC. Everyone from the Rolling Stonesto Jerry Garcia to Michael Jackson has graced these majestic halls. Though it has been renovated in recent years it maintains a regal old school theatre vibe with exquisite ornate detail. Attending a show here can feel like a night out at the opera in the 1920s.

Umphrey’s McGee 2015 – Jake Plimack Photography

Check out the other 6 music venues here:

Top 12 Music Venues In The US To See Before You Die | L4LM.

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