Thursday, August 8, 2013

family road trip.

On our way home from Michigan, we decided to break up the loooong drive and make a few stops along our way. Our first stop was good ol' Nashville, Tennessee.

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In all my years of travel and away football games in college, I never once got the chance to visit Nashville (shocked?) so I was super excited to finally get a chance to see it.

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Since we only had a short time to see as much as possible, we decided to take a trolly tour around the city.

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I can't remember the name of this tour group (oops) but they were pretty good. The tour lasted about an hour and a half and took us to tons of different places. It was a hop on and off trolly but we decided to stay on for the whole tour before getting off and exploring on our own.

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[the most photographed spot in Nashville]
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After our tour, we headed straight for some good ol' Nashville BBQ. Now I am sure there is one particular place that has the very best BBQ in town, but since nearly every single restaurant in the city was advertising "Nashville's Best BBQ" and we were all starving, we just randomly picked one. It was good, but nothing to write home about.

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After that we wondered around the city in search for the perfect cowboy boots. Turns out, nearly every single place that isn't advertising the "best BBQ" is selling cowboy boots.

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I was so excited to see these signs that said "Buy one, get two free" until I realised just how expensive genuine cowboy boots really are!!

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Needless to say, we left Nashville bootless and I decided I was okay with that. I mean, who really needs three pairs of cowboy boots anyway? Right? Right?!?

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Our last stop for the day was a dark bar with good music and cold drinks. Just like I imagined it would be!

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The next morning we headed straight for the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, TN.

#familyvacation2013 #jackdanielstour

And if there is one thing I could recommend to anyone traveling in this area, it would be to take an afternoon (or morning) and do this tour!! It is completely free and very, very good.

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We weren't able to take pictures in most of the buildings, but they literally take you through every step of the process from start to finish.

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And if you ever do decide to go on this tour, ask for Ron. He was excellent!

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Jack Daniel looks extra small next to this teen! #tallboy #jackdanielstour #familyvacation2013

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And of course, no family road trip would be complete without one meal a Steak 'n Shake... 

First (and probably only) visit to Steak n' Shake  #familyvacation2013 #cantholdhimdown

...and a swim in the hotel pool!

Fun in the hotel pool  #brothers #nashville #bestpartofbeingakid

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