Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Memphis)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a real gem of a museum which really took me by surprise because I just wasn't sure what to expect. It is a treasure trove of lessons on musical history. As we strolled through we learned about gospel music in the local churches and how that mixed with some country music led to the birth of rock and roll. Through video and audio presentations it was easy to see and hear how … [Read more...]

Country Music Hall of Fame (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

A visit to Nashville is not complete without checking out the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Approaching the building, you will see that it looks like the keys on the piano.  I wish we could have taken pictures inside of some of the amazing stuff we saw, but sadly the Hall of Fame does not allow photography.   Walking through the exhibits we learned about the history of country music and the legendary artists. Did … [Read more...]

Grand Ol’ Opry and Opryland Hotel (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

You absolutely cannot explore Nashville without a pilgrimage to The Grand Ol' Opry. Sadly, it wasn’t open when we arrived and there weren’t any shows for us to see that evening, but it was fun just to stop by because it’s such an iconic part of the Nashville music scene. You can take a daytime tour where you can go backstage, but be sure to check the days and hours. A few years after our visit, we read about … [Read more...]

The Hermitage (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

The Hermitage is the beautiful homestead of the 7th president of the United States and Tennessee’s favorite son, Andrew Jackson. These 1,000 acres were transformed from frontier forrest to a prosperous farm that sadly deteriorated into post civil war dilapidation.  Finally rescued it is now preserved as a public museum and a National Historic Landmark. As a president Andrew Jackson was both loved and hated and … [Read more...]

The Parthenon (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

My kids and I have never been to Greece, but we can say we visited The Parthenon — in Nashville near the Vanderbilt University campus. This incredible structure is a full-scale replica of the original and was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. You might recognize it from the movie The Lightening Thief as they used to to film many of the scenes here. Unfortunately, we got there too late … [Read more...]

Rotier’s (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

When we travel, I always look for restaurants that really cater to the local flavor, have a loyal following, and something unique that's a must try and Nashville was no exception.  The place everyone seemed to rave about was  Rotier’s Restaurant—a hole in the wall and a Nashville institution know for their delicious burgers served on french bread.  Apparently this place gets super crowded but since we arrived … [Read more...]

Tennessee State Capitol Building (Nashville)

Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

The Tennessee State Capitol Building sadly was one of our  least favorites of any we've seen on any trip.  I think the building has the potential be be something really special but as it is right now it's in desperate need of some TLC. The colors were super drab, and there were few decorative details except in the legislative chambers.  It was super disappointing because our travel buddies Yvonne and her kids had … [Read more...]

Wild Horse Saloon (Nashville)

Wild Horse Saloon (Nashville)

Often times traveling with kids can present a challenge when you are searching for some fun activity in the evening especially when you're in a city that has a lively music scene for which it's famous for.   We were thrilled to discover that the Wild Horse Saloon was a family friendly place so we put on our cowboy boots and headed over after dinner. Driving past all the neon signs and hearing the live music on the … [Read more...]

Dollywood (Pigeon Forge)

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

I’d promised my kids a trip to Dollywood Splash Country after they’d seen some show about it on TV about the top 10 water parks in the country and it's all they could talk about they were so excited. Sadly, it did not live up to everyone’s expectations which is what usually happens with these large over hyped activities.  As we do at every water park, we staked out our chairs and the kids were off and running. … [Read more...]

Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show (Pigeon Forge)

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

Pigeon Forge, in addition to lots of family fun amusements, also has a crazy array of wonderful and weird dinner shows. You just  cannot visit here without seeing at least one of them. We thought about the Hatfields and McCoys’ dinner show, which I am sure was just a hoot but instead opted for the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show. It was a rainy evening so it was perfect since it was all … [Read more...]