Part II of my Road Trip from Massachusetts to Texas! Read Part 1 here, or check out my review of 400 Degrees Chicken here!
The second "day trip" day I decided on was Nashville, TN.
Then I assumed we could just do "Elvis Stuff" not realizing that was MEMPHIS... okay. Anyway. What to do in Nashville? This was the question I asked myself as we set out from the far corner of Tennessee, where we'd stayed over night, and headed to the Country Music Capitol of the World.
|The Grand Ole Opry.|
Now that you've seen this picture, you really don't need to go.
Note to self: The Grand Ole Opry is probably much more interesting when you have tickets to go to a show at the Grand Ole Opry. We took some pictures and then were on our way.
The history of Cheekwood is actually pretty interesting--and I admittedly had no idea about it until locating the link to the website--but the Cheek family was an early entrepreneurial family and their son was the creator of Maxwell Coffee. The mansion was bought with the Maxwell House fortune, and eventually the grounds were converted from a private home to a public art museum. Pretty neat!
|Art inside the one section you could take pictures|
|The grounds, before it got too dark|
Then it was off to the city proper, to sample my favorite meal of the trip (which I am STILL CRAVING): Nashville Hot Chicken. Read about it on my blog post if you want the details ;)
We ducked into the first souvenir shop we saw, took some pictures, and rushed back to the car. Then it was off again, with Texas in our sights.
|I guess Elvis visited Nashville sometimes|
We ended up spending one more night on the road, around Little Rock Arkansas. Nothing really happened here of note, though. We got ihop, and made a pit stop at the most sketch-tastic truck station ever. I saw a display of souvenirs and looked for an Arkansas shot glass (I HAVE to!) but they had EVERY STATE EXCEPT ARKANSAS. So weird. Sadly, I did not get a shot glass. Oh well.
Finally, we hit Texas. And I had one thing on my mind: In-n-Out! The famous Cali burger chain has branched out to Texas, and the Dallas area is the closest one we'll find, so we had to make it a stop on the very last bit of our trip. You may remember (but probably don't, it was when this blog was a baby) the time I had In-n-Out in LA and fell madly in love with their Animal Style burger. I've been dreaming of my grand return ever since. It was just as good as I remember, and you best bet I'm making that drive again sometime.
Cory was not so impressed. "Meh," he said, "it's a burger."
I, however, was super thrilled. Totally worth the digestive hell I went through later.
|Finally at our final destination, looking tired!|
|Just a touch too small...|
head on over to my other blog to hear the tale of our... ENGAGEMENT!! :D
Travel Tips (aka DON'T MAKE MY MISTAKES)
-Skip the Grand Ole Opry unless you actually have tickets to a show. It's too out of the way and there really is nothing near it and NOTHING to do on site.
-Get to Cheekwood before dusk, preferably way before dusk, so that the museum is free! Otherwise you DO get a cool light show and access to a bar, but it's $20.
-See some live music in Downtown Nashville -- this was my big regret, we heard so many awesome bands coming from the bars, but had zero time to check them out. Plus they were all in bars and drinking when we still had a few hours of driving to do was not so cool.
-Memphis probably would have been more fun
-Eat more Nashville Hot Chicken.
-Eat more Nashville Hot Chicken.