Notices

Kiwi girls going from Houston - Nashville

Old Nov 14th, 2017, 06:47 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Kiwi girls going from Houston - Nashville

Hi everyone!

My friend and I are coming all the way from New Zealand to Nashville next June!
We fly in to Houston and have 6 days to get from there to Nashville.
We are after any suggestions of places to go between Houston and Nashville, as well as places to explore in Tennessee.

I was wondering if you guys had any ideas of where we should stop on the way?
We are HUGE country music fans and would love to see as much country music, scenic routes, iconic southern state places as possible.
My friend is also a huge quilting (sewing) fan so any must stop quilt shops would also be great!

I was thinking of going from Houston to Louisana, Alabama then to Nashville.
However I'm not too sure if those places have much to offer or if you guys would recommend another route?

Any suggestions for places to stay, eat, visit etc. from Houston to Nashville would be much appreciated.
Also if you have any suggestions for places to go while we are based in Nashville, TN. Happy to drive a few hours if theres awesome places to visit in Tennessee?

Thanks!
greengirl96 is offline  
Old Nov 15th, 2017, 02:37 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,722
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Driving is going to eat up a lot of your time.
Consider stopping in
New Orleans and
Memphis.
Sassafrass is offline  
Old Nov 15th, 2017, 08:47 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,561
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Louisiana not having much to offer?

Depends upon what you want offered. But there's no more iconic city in the deep South than New Orleans. You could spend your whole travel time in and around there and then drive/fly to Nashville.

Never heard of a must-stop quilt shop.
BigRuss is offline  
Old Nov 15th, 2017, 04:56 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,525
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Branson, Missouri is a reasonable 600 miles (11 hours driving) from Houston... and that is a country music spot.


From there you would likely cut back down to Memphis and then head to Nashville on a direct path from there.

It is 21 hours of driving, and less than 1100 miles to go from Houston to Branson, Missouri, to Memphis, TN, to Nashville.

The first day, drive to Branson.


2 nights in Branson,


Then drive 5 1/2 hours to Memphis.


2 nights in Memphis...


and then go to Nashville at your leisure.


(maybe find some small, significant country music community to visit for a day prior to starting the last 3 1/2 hours to Nashville )


But Branson, Missouri is definitely a town/destination that Kiwi girls into Country Music should at least consider...
NorthwestMale is offline  
Old Nov 15th, 2017, 05:00 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,525
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
From Nashville, maybe plan one night in Knoxville and cover the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and perhaps Pigeon Forge as well.
NorthwestMale is offline  
Old Nov 15th, 2017, 05:47 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Posts: 311
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I don't know country music, but wouldn't Dollywood be a must see? And I thoght Branson was for a bit "older" crowd? Seems like a bit of a detour for old school country. I'd spend more of that time in New Orleans and Tennessee (Memphis, Smokies) before heading to Nashville.
paulg is offline  
Old Nov 22nd, 2017, 11:54 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,525
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
... older than what?

The OP doesn't state an age.


From her name, maybe she's twenty-one...

But if she's coming half way around the world to immerse herself in country music...

Branson certainly merits inclusion.
NorthwestMale is offline  
Old Nov 22nd, 2017, 12:56 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,722
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
OK, being reasonable. The OP has only six days to get from Houston to Nashville.

Spend as much time as you can "in" places, rather than time driving. No matter how you go, you will end up with nearly two days total driving and get plenty of scenic driving, so definitely do not go out of your way to do a long 11 hour drive to Branson.

New Orleans and Memphis are perfect for your interests. Spend 3 nights in New Orleans, gives you 2 days there. Memphis is kind of love it or hate place, but does have many interesting things and great bar-b-que, and of course, music, so at least 1 day, 2 nights.

I will try to think of another good stop.
Sassafrass is offline  
Old Nov 22nd, 2017, 01:31 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,561
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Branson is off the path and it's old country music, not modern Nashville. And if greengirl96 is actually 21 (which would make it difficult for her to hire a car), then she'll be bored to tears in the tacky haunt for oldies that Branson is.
BigRuss is offline  
Old Nov 22nd, 2017, 11:05 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,711
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would go to New Orleans and then drive to Muscke Shoals, Alabama. The music history there is RICH and varied...I can write more later as it’s 3 AM and i am trying to sleep! I live in Nashville so can help you there as well. Will touch base soon!
Skiergirl is offline  
Old Nov 24th, 2017, 09:45 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 14,742
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Muscle Shoals is a good idea. Or Memphis.

New Orleans because it is such an iconic city.
tuscanlifeedit is offline  
Old Mar 8th, 2018, 05:55 PM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thank you everyone for your replies!! Sorry for the delay in getting back - posted on too many websites.
Yes 21 and I'm going with my mum! So happy to do current and older country music.

Our plan is to fly into houston, stay one night: Any recommendations on what to do there for the one day and night?
Drive to New Orleans, stay for 2 nights. Suggestions where to stay, eat, visit etc?
Drive directly to Nashville and will stay somewhere for one night - any ideas of good towns to stay between New Orleans and Nashville?

Thank you!!
greengirl96 is offline  
Old Mar 9th, 2018, 09:45 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,275
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Austin is known for having a great live music scene. There's also a charming little town called Gruene that has Texas oldest dance hall and has live country music. It's called Gruene Hall. Be sure to eat at the Grist Mill if you go. It's right on the river, picturesque.

http://gruenehall.com/

The Gristmill River Restaurant & Bar in Gruene Historic District
volcanogirl is online now  
Old Mar 9th, 2018, 09:49 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,275
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Houston has a huge quilt festival every year. Looks like it's not when you're in town, but the link has some good info. on downtown hotels and restaurants.

http://quilts.com/assets/htown-dining-entertainment.pdf
volcanogirl is online now  
Old Mar 9th, 2018, 09:49 AM
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,275
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Astros games are always fun; the ballpark is cool with a train running around the top. If you like museums, the MFAH and Menil Collection are wonderful. Also a vibrant theater scene - Jones Hall, The Alley, Wortham. If you just want to relax, go to Kemah and enjoy dining outside by the water.
Attached Files

Last edited by volcanogirl; Mar 9th, 2018 at 09:52 AM.
volcanogirl is online now  
Old Mar 9th, 2018, 09:42 PM
  #16  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 2,525
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I would opt out of Houston and spend that short while in GALVESTON instead.

Glen Campbell really put Galveston on the music map and the place is worth seeing if you are visiting from around the world.

Last edited by NorthwestMale; Mar 9th, 2018 at 09:45 PM.
NorthwestMale is offline  
Old Mar 10th, 2018, 02:40 AM
  #17  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,275
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Kemah that I mentioned above also has a Rock the Dock outdoor concert series in the summer. It's a fun area; they usually have fireworks too. It's also fairly close to the NASA space center if that interests you.
volcanogirl is online now  
Old Mar 11th, 2018, 02:26 PM
  #18  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,686
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There's a huge, HUGE quilt shop 2 hours from Nashville (60,000 sq ft or 5574 sq meters). If your mom wants to buy some fabric, have her choose the pattern she wants to make before she leaves home because it's hard to choose with so much there. But don't forget to write down how much yardage she needs.
Hancock's of Paducah
3841 Hinkleville
Paducah, Kentucky, USA 42001
sundowner is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
WarrenWST
United States
4
Aug 24th, 2017 02:36 PM
nikkiseashore
United States
17
Jan 16th, 2017 11:40 PM
Alohaheidi
United States
4
Jun 15th, 2016 08:49 AM
Adelebiv
United States
3
Aug 29th, 2013 09:11 AM
AshStar
United States
7
Jul 12th, 2013 10:38 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO