PHOTO: Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre. (Photo via Flickr/Quan Ha)
With winter on the way out and spring and summer concert season on the horizon, March is the perfect time to begin planning your next trip to take in a memorable show.
Whether you prefer to jam out under the stars, unwind on a grassy hill or see your favorite artists up close, there are plenty of unique concert venues to choose from all over the U.S. But here are four that are truly one-of-a-kind.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Where: Morrison, Colorado
Located in Red Rocks Park just a few miles west of Denver (which can be seen in the distance), Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre absolutely must be on every music lover's bucket list. Like its name suggests, this open-air arena, which first opened more than a century ago, is surrounded by three massive rocks.
Visitors can enjoy a scenic pre-show dinner at the Ship Rock Grille and explore the nearby Trading Post, which has housed the Colorado Music Hall of Fame exhibit since 2015.
Notable acts coming to Red Rocks in 2017 include Snoop Dogg, Chance The Rapper, Chris Stapleton, Tom Petty and Norah Jones, among others.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Where: Columbia, Maryland
While Columbia, Maryland's Merriweather Post Pavilion can't match Red Rocks in terms of character, this outdoor venue can host more than twice as many people thanks to its expansive lawn area.
Named one of the top five amphitheaters in the U.S. by both Billboard and Rolling Stone, Merriweather was originally supposed to be the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra but is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as a premier destination for some of the biggest names in music.
Dave Matthews, John Legend and Luke Bryan are just three of the stars scheduled to perform under the lights at Merriweather Post Pavilion this summer.
Where: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
Take a two-hour drive northeast along Interstate 95 and you'll find yourself within the range of Pennsylvania's Tower Theater. Located just west of Philadelphia, this indoor theater has been a popular venue for some of the industry's top acts for decades, with many bands recording live albums inside.
The intimate setting has played host to the likes of The Rolling Stones and David Bowie over the years and continues to lure top-flight performers.
Where: Los Angeles, California
Set in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl is easily one of the most iconic concert venues in America. Known as the largest natural outdoor amphitheater in the country, the Hollywood Bowl can seat more than 17,000 guests.
Originally opened in the 1920s, the venue had its signature band shell replaced just over a decade ago in an effort to improve the sound even more.