Traveling from La Crosse, Wisconsin —–> Nashville, Tennessee
Travel Day 1
Champaign, Illinois – halfway point
We stayed in a nice hotel but always stayed adventure ready! There are a ton of options right off the highway here.
Kentucky Oaks Mall – Paducah, KY
A great stop to stretch your legs, shop and eat before making the last stretch for Tennessee. We had to get Chick-fil-a for the “Southern” experience.
Arrived in Nashville, TN
Explore the Airbnb. I recommend staying in an Airbnb. It makes the sleep better, you spend less on food by grocery shopping at the start of the trip, and you feel like you are at a home away from home.
Full Day 1
This is one long street of multi level bars, restaurants and tourist shops! Our first day was St. Patrick’s day so we enjoyed a spot on a rooftop with a green beer!
Our favorite daytime bars included:
We visited a great place recommended by Kenz’s friend (follow her food blog)!
Frothy Monkey is the name of the cute coffee and breakfast place we ate at. Any place with an artsy instagrammable photo-op is a place I want to be.
This spot is right out back of the Frothy Monkey at 12South, their original location.
That same day we also took a nice easy hike and had a picnic afterward at Harpeth River State Park- Hidden Lake.
The great thing about Tennessee is that the state parks are free for everyone. We went on the Hidden Lake trail and it offered an easy hike that gave us tall overlooks and low walks right along the beautiful hidden lake.
We visited in March, which was a perfectly good time. We didn’t have to get wet but it’s a possibility in the warmer months. Another reason it was a good time of year is our group were pretty much the only ones in the park, very secluded.
A touristy shopping day
We were able to check out one of my dads favorite shows, store. American Pickers, Antique Archaeology store.
Along this same street (Marathon Village) that this shop is on, there are many other antique shops, a Jack Daniels Store, Grinders Switch Winery, and a few other tasting rooms, most of which offered free samples of Whiskey!
Also this cute photo-op:
We then ate some Hattie B’s Hot Chicken and everyone needs to try this when in Nashville.
The next recommendation always gets mixed reviews. My favorite go to thing to do while traveling is shop, whether its at a popular fancy mall or a local shop. Now i’m not the type of person that buys a shirt that says “I WENT TO NASHVILLE” but there are a lot of cool ways to remember the trip through shopping.
- Nashville has huge Guitar Center’s and other music stores such as Gruhn Guitars.
- Opry Mills Shopping Center has great fancy stores that will allow you to feel boujee for a day.
- Small souviner shops on Broadway Street to bring back something for family.
My personal favorite store we visited, Kate Spade. This was where my obsession for Kate Spade and the finer things (lol) started.
A new part of town (The Gulch)
The first place I have to tell you about has the besttttttt coffee in Nashville. Biscuit Love. My usual favorite an iced Carmel latte was amazing. Along that same road are a few other cute shops. Kittinish, by Jessie James Decker had a few wonderful pieces of decor.
Another location at The Gulch is “the wings” photo opportunity. There are also some surrounding wall murals that make for great pictures too.
The famous wings…
Search this to find the exact location.
302 11th Ave S in The Gulch
The parking lot across the street from the wings also has a parking deal, where you get an hour free (which is usually all you need on this strip).
We then went to Centennial park, walked around, and saw the Parthenon, the other statues and surrounding sites. It costs money to get it to the Parthenon, not too much, we just chose to look at the beautiful building from the outside.
A short walk from the park there is No Baked, an edible cookie dough shop. A must when spending a day in the park! They also have a cookie dough and ice cream mixed milkshake, very good!
A great night-time idea is catch a concert at Bridgestone Arena. My friends and I saw Travis Scott and since the arena is right at the end of Broadway Street, the bars are all right there!
Afterward we had some fun at Tootsie’s, a world-famous country bar!
The fun and adventurous day.
Many big cities now have scooters you can rent for really cheap. We used Lime! New users get a free activation the first ride and it has the cheapest rate in Nashville. There are also a few other companies that have these scooters but this company had the cheapest in Nashville, they also have all ability access scooters and discounts for low-income riders, which is great!
How To Lime
Download the Lime app
View nearby scooters, e-bikes and pedal bikes
Scan the QR code or enter number to unlock
Lock up safely when finished
Another great spot to visit is 5 Daughters Bakery. Such delicious donuts, and a great post scooter snack.
The last night we got out of our Uber on Broadway and were given a BOGO deal for The Valentine. This bar was so much fun and had some of the best non-country music and cheaper drinks!
Then off we were on the long trek all the way home.
I will be sharing my TN travel video shortly. Stay tuned.