Travel With Kids: Nashville

I knew I was going to like Nashville even before I got there. It is, after all, the home of country music. I halfway expected to hear my favorite songs playing out of the sky as I walked downtown.

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Nashville is a place where artists and creatives congregate - waiting for a big break or soaking in inspiration.

Amidst green rolling hills and blooming blossoms is a diverse city with congenial people. We opted out of most of the local "attractions" in favor of spending time with friends.

While in the area, however, we did have a chance to walk through the Opryland Hotel. It is elephantine in size and has the same extravagant "flavor" as Las Vegas resorts (minus the slot machines). There are a number of restaurants and shops inside, along with indoor waterfalls and plentiful plant life. Our girls ran through the corridors - pointing, laughing, and holding hands.

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My favorite area in the Nashville metro area was probably historic Downtown Franklin - which features a frozen yogurt shop, an old time toy store, a presbyterian church that is open 24 hours a day for prayer, and a grocery store with a vibe of coolness that seeps out to the road. I could have spent HOURS there with my eye behind the camera.

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Have you ever been to Nashville? What did you like/not like about it?

Just for kicks - name the first country song that pops in your head.

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19 comments on “Travel With Kids: Nashville”

  1. We love Nashville! I've been twice and had amazing times. The first time we stayed at the Opryland hotel at Christmas just after 9/11. The place was magical and kind of empty. It is a lovely early marriage memory.
    I also went there for a conference in nursing school. A different experience- but a blast.
    You made me really want to visit Franklin. What a neat town.
    I've got to admit it was "Wide Open Spaces." "She traveled this road as a child..."

  2. I have never been to Nashville, but think we will add that to our places to visit. We have been to Gailinburg and Chattanooga both were fun, but Nashville looks like it would be great.

    1st country song that I thought of was Big Green Tractor by Jason Aldean...Jake loves that they sing about a tractor.

  3. These are great photos of the girls. They are going to love looking back through these photos many years from now (and reading your blog) to remember this great adventure you all went on together.

  4. I would love to go to Nashville and your pics make it even more enticing. Hubby is from TN and went to school in Nashville but we always go to the other side of TN when we visit. Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire is one of my all time favorite songs and the first song that popped into my head! BTW, you look like you could be a country music star in that photo (:

  5. "I'm Gonna Love You Forever" - I just love all the words and images. Nashville is a beautiful city. One of my sons graduated fom Nashville Auto Diesel School, and I have attended two conventions there. It is about 8 hours from where I live. Glad you had a great time there.

    1. The USA is a diverse & beautiful country - full of brave, innovative, and kind people. I sincerely hope you get a chance to visit someday.

  6. I think the last time I went to Nashville I was a kid. I don't remember much about it. Looks like a fun spot though. We're debating about where to go for a family vacation in the fall. I'm for Tennessee. Stephan's for the beach. We'll see.

  7. My husband's aunt and uncle live in Nashville and are some of the most genuine, down to earth people I know. I used to work in a call center and seriously, everyone who called from Nashville was so nice. I need to visit there!

    The first song that popped in my head was "Strawberry Wine" by Deanna Carter.

    1. I love Deanna Carter! I actually had her "Did I Shave My Legs For This?" album in high school.

      "Strawberry Wine" is one of my country favorites...in part because it brings back memories of dating Tim and drinking strawberry wine at age 17. ;)

  8. I live about 10 miles from Franklin and we spend a fair amount of time there. It is a very nice downtown. Glad you enjoyed Nashville. I haven't been back to Opryland since it reopened after the flooding. It is quite a spectacle though. We like to take the girls when it is decorated for Christmas.

    1. I didn't know that you lived in the Nashville area! It's a beautiful place. I'd like to visit again someday!

  9. Even thought I'm not a huge country music fan I've always wanted to visit Nashville. There's just something intriguing about it all. ;D
    My daughter-in-law in a big country music fan. She's even converted (at times...LOL) our heavy metal rock and roll, rap singing son to country tunes. We bought him a Johnny Cash greatest hits CD recently.

  10. I'm so glad you got to hang out there!! did you get to the east side at all? LOVE nashville...and Franklin is great.

    Your girls look adorable btw!

  11. I've never been there, but have met SO many warm, friendly, wonderful people from Tennessee. My husband and I have always said to one another it must be such a great place to live. I don't know too many country music songs, but first one to pop in my head: Georgia On My Mind. Does that count?

    1. It's been one of our favorite places so far! Lots of things to do, lots of friendly people, miles of beautiful terrain, etc.

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