While I continue planning for my June Alaskan adventure, I’m taking a mini-vacation next weekend to Nashville, Tennessee. As a huge music fan, I’m excited to check out the country music culture that permeates the city. I’m not a hardcore fan of today’s country music stars, but you have to appreciate legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley – I can’t wait to visit the studio where these greats recorded and see some of their artifacts.
Does anyone have any other recommendations for places to check out in Nashville? Leave a comment and let me know!
Here are some of my favorite travel links for the month of April.
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Summaries of some of my favorite museums in Chicago. No matter what kind of art or visual creations you’re into, there’s a Chicago museum for you. Check out the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found, vibrant Mexican art, bizarre modern art, or classical Impressionist paintings.
April travel links of interest:
One of my favorite things in the world is when wasted, abandoned land is turned into useful park space, like with the High Line in New York City. That’s why I really enjoyed this post by John at Travel Rinse Repeat. There’s a park in Virginia that was built on an old landfill. It’s now a skate park, a fishing hole and a running trail. The best part is that they didn’t shy away from its past – they even named it Mount Trashmore!
When you really stop and think about where our food comes from, things get weird. Nobody farms anymore. But somebody has to grow our food, right? Ayngelina writes about the Maui Agricultural Festival while raising the issues of aging farmers, local vs. imported food, and educating the public on the origins of their food.
While we’re on the subject of Hawaii, the last remaining state I have yet to visit, take a look at this video from Mark at Migrationology, who always puts together entertaining visual clips. That horned lizard might be my new favorite animal. What a beautiful place. Okay, that clinches it – when can I book my flight?
Check out this crazy photo gallery if you haven’t seen it. People in Vietnam carry insane amounts of crap on their bikes. One guy even carries a stack of six other bikes. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen the photographs!
“Hipster” might be the most misunderstood word in the English language. Count Travel + Leisure among those who don’t get it. They counted down America’s Most Hipster Cities, but their list is way off the mark. The most bizarre choice was New Orleans at No. 4. Of all the large American cities I’ve visited, New Orleans is far and away the least hipster. Honestly, it doesn’t even belong in the Top 100. I walked all over that city and literally could not find the hipsters. Simply having cafés, music and bars does not make a city “hipster.”
Travel + Leisure, allow me to recommend an article I wrote a few years back called “What is a hipster?”