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
There’s still time to squeeze in one more road trip before Labor Day, but there’s no rush for trips in the south. This part of the country is at its best in fall, when temperatures are mild and crowds thin out. There are dozens of great stops in this region, but if you’re headed to any of these cities, you’ll find great hotel options. Stay
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
I have a secret obsession with things that glow in the dark. Twenty years ago, my bedroom was decorated with plastic stars that dimly glow. These days, I stick to more natural things, like glowing lava and phosphorescent plankton. Someday I can’t wait to see the glowworms of New Zealand and I want to head back to Thailand if only to swim in glowing waters
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