If you’ve ever dreamt of perfecting your hip-slide across the hood of a certain bright-orange Dodge Charger, head straight for Cooter’s Place (2613 McGavock Pk., 615/872-8358, Mon.–Thurs. 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., free), a gift shop and museum dedicated to the Dukes of Hazzard television show.
The museum features a mind-boggling array of toys, ornaments, and model cars manufactured in the 1970s and ’80s to profit off the Dukes’ wild popularity. You can also see one of the bright-orange Dodge Chargers that became the Dukes’ icon.
In the gift shop, buy a pair of “official” Daisy Dukes, or any number of General Lee souvenirs. Cooters is operated by Ben Jones who played Cooter, the affable sidekick mechanic, in the original television series. In recent years, Jones has been one of the forces behind DukesFest (www.dukesfest.com ), a wildly popular annual celebration of fast cars and the General Lee held at the Nashville Motor Speedway.