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  • Writer's pictureRachel Baker

Tennessee Travel Guide

Nashville has been on my list of places to go for a while. It just seemed like such a fun city and it did not disappoint! My boyfriend Kevin and I flew into Memphis, stayed there for a couple nights, then drove to Nashville. The drive was about three hours so it was not too bad.

Memphis Highlights


This was one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing. I am a big fan of old music so it was really cool to see the home of Elvis Presley. We did the Elvis Experience Tour which included the mansion tour and access to the museums and the airplanes. We spent about a half day exploring all the that. I really enjoyed it all and I would highly recommend visiting Graceland on your trip to Memphis.

The Arcade

This restaurant was a really fun stop on our trip. The Arcade is the oldest continually running restaurant in Memphis and was a favorite of Elvis. It feels like you stepped back in time when you walk into this diner. The had good classic diner food and it was very affordable!

Peabody Ducks

This was one of the most unusual things I have experienced. The Peabody hotel is a very nice old hotel in downtown Memphis and every day they have a duck march. It's exactly what it sounds like, ducks marching through the lobby! It was fun to see and we enjoyed a drink in their lobby bar. The hotel has a fun atmosphere and was a nice place to hangout and warm up from the cold.

The Guesthouse at Graceland

We stayed at this hotel while in Memphis and it exceeded my expectations. It was such a nice hotel with a fun atmosphere. They had live music every night and even a late night PB&J buffet! This hotel is right across the street from Graceland and only about 15 minutes from downtown memphis. The hotel had a shuttle to downtown and the airport too.

Nashville Highlights

While in Nashville we stayed at the Springhill Suites Downtown. It was a great location and was in walking distance of Broadway st., The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Bridgestone Arena. They also has a rooftop bar with a great view. The hotel was very nice and I would definitely recommend it.


One of my favorite spots we went to was Pinewood Social. Super cool place with really good food and a fun atmosphere. They even have a bowling alley with a vintage look. We didn't get to bowl because it was booked up so if you want to bowl make sure to make a reservation in advance.

Another fun spot was ACME Feed & Seed. This was an old building turned into three stories of restaurants. We ate on the lower level and enjoyed listening to a live band. This restaurant is located right in the heart of downtown on Broadway.

The yummiest thing I ate on the trip was a donut from Five Daughters Bakery. It was different than any donut I have had before. Make sure to go here on your trip to Nashville!! It is located in the 12 south area which is super cute and has lots of little boutiques and murals.

To get around the city we used the Greyline Hop on Hop off bus. This was nice because it took us to most of the main attractions of the city. We did have to Uber to get to the 12 South neighborhood but it was a short drive.

We went to the Johnny Cash museum which was pretty small but full of cool stuff and was very informative. We also visited the Country Music Hall of Fame. Right across the street from the Cash museum is the GooGoo store. A unique Nashville chocolate store. I had never heard of this place but we ended up buying a whole big box of chocolates to take home with us.

My Favorite Murals

All of these murals are in the 12 South neighborhood. The "I believe in Nashville" mural is right next to the Draper James store. Which was a cute store but way too preppy for me! The "Nashville looks good on you" wall is behind the Frothy Monkey. We wanted to try this coffee shop but the line was super long so we skipped it. The "looking pretty music city" Mural is on the side of the Madewell store. And yes we did have to wait in lines to take photos in front of all of the murals!

If Tennessee is not on your travel bucket list it should be! I hope this post helped you with what to do, where to stay and what to eat.

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