On my first trip to Nashville, I followed the stereotypical tourist trail. I licked my fingers clean from Southern food, and after spending all day downtown, I cozied up on a bar stool to listen to live music every evening. It was fun, but only for a few nights. After that, I was in desperate need of some variety. Nashville delivers, as long as you
Tennessee is one of my favorite states and a destination that’s often overlooked. The region has incredible food, fun outdoor adventures, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. While Nashville gets plenty of publicity, these other cities shouldn’t be missed. Kayak through Downtown Chattanooga Chattanooga is the perfect trailhead to adventure because the city beckons to outdoor lovers. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard
A lot of times, my city breaks all seem to be variations on the same. You eat some good meals, spend half a day at a museum, and join a walking tour past fountains or skyscrapers or monuments. Unless you really have time to dig in, it’s hard to get to know what makes the city special. Maybe that’s why I liked Chattanooga so much.
I don’t want to give you the wrong impression, but I’m a beer drinker. Alaskan Amber is my drink of choice, but whenever I’m traveling, I love to sample the local beer — especially craft or microbrews. Except as much as I love solo travel, I hate drinking alone. I can go to restaurants alone, head to coffeeshops alone, and join activities alone, but a bar?
I didn’t plan to go to Chattanooga this year, but when a town is named “best town ever” by Outside Magazine, it catches my attention. Chattanooga earned that honor not once, but twice . And I still wasn’t planning on going to Chattanooga until I went to Knoxville and Nashville in June and remembered how much I love Tennessee. Frankly, Chattanooga is more up my alley than both of
One thing that became abundantly clear on my trip to southern California is just how varied the United States is. I didn’t expect to like Los Angeles — after all, I dislike San Francisco — but even within a single state, there’s so much diversity that it felt like different worlds. I stand corrected on my take of California and have proved to myself yet again
I loved learning more about Memphis’ music and pop culture, but no matter how much fun I was having, my attention span can only handle so much information about one topic. Luckily, there are a lot of things to do in Memphis beyond music and the blues. 5 Things to Do in Memphis TN (Not Related to Music) National Civil Rights Museum The Memphis National Civil
In Memphis, checking out some good music is a no-brainer. Beale Street is worthy of its fame, and I was thrilled that live music wasn’t limited to just weekend nights. While I can heartily recommend checking out a blues club or two on your visit, I also really loved learning more about the different styles of music and how it has impacted Memphis’ history. Memphis
I was the most non-committal person ever when it came to booking travel over a long weekend in March. At first, I wasn’t going to go anywhere, but I had already “wasted” a long weekend over President’s Day in order to move into my new townhouse and it seemed a shame to stay home again when I had another 3-day weekend at my disposal. So