Things To Do In Ft. Worth For Cowboys And Cowgirls At Heart

Do you consider yourself to be a cowboy or cowgirl inside? If your answer is yes, then you will want to head to a bustling city called Fort Worth. The city is located in the US state of Texas which is the second largest state in the country by both area and population. Ft. Worth has a storied history as a major center of cattle driving and ranching.

Ft. Worth has received the nickname of Cowtown. The city’s motto is “Crossroads of Cowboy & Culture”. Here are the things to do in Ft. Worth for Western enthusiasts.

Ft. Worth Stockyards

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The Ft. Worth Stockyards is a historic district located to the north of downtown Ft. Worth. This district became a major center for livestock during the mid 19th century after the arrival of railroads. Cattle, sheep, and hogs were bought, sold, and slaughtered from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century in a large complex known as the stockyards.

Today, the district preserves the Western feel to it. The buildings in the district are of the Mission and Spanish Revival architectural styles. This district has brick walkways and wooden corrals. The district is home to Western-style restaurants, shops, and saloons. The signature feature of the Ft. Worth Stockyards is the Ft. Worth Herd. This is the world’s only cattle drive that happens twice per day.

Cowtown Coliseum

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The Cowtown Coliseum is located on East Exchange Road in the Ft. Worth Stockyards historic district. This is a 3,418-seat arena where the weekly rodeos play out. A few major rodeo events at the arena include the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Stockyards Pro Rodeo Series, and PBR Bull Riding. The rodeos at the arena happen every Friday and Saturday nights.

If you would like to see the schedule of rodeos and buy tickets for them, you can head here. The Cowtown Coliseum is a major breeding ground for some of the best athletes in the world of rodeo. The Cowtown Coliseum also houses the Bull Riding Hall of Fame where you can view and learn about the legendary bull riders and bulls who have made significant accomplishments in the rodeo sport of bull riding.

Stockyards Museum

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The Stockyards Museum is located inside the historic Livestock Exchange building on East Exchange Avenue in the Ft. Worth Stockyards historic district. This is a museum that explores the history of the Ft. Worth Stockyards as a large marketplace for buying, selling, and slaughtering livestock.

This museum is home to an expanding collection of artifacts, photos, and exhibits that cover different areas of its history including the Chisholm Trail, the livestock market/stockyards, and the Swift and Armour packaging plants. During your visit to this museum, you will get a sense of how Ft. Worth got its nickname of Cowtown.

The museum also has a livestock auction center inside the building where you can see the cowboys (and cowgirls) checking out the animals on the monitors. The admission to this museum is $2 per person. Those who are aged 12 and under will get free admission into the museum.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

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The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame is located on Rodeo Plaza in the Ft. Worth historic district. This museum showcases the men and women of Texas who have made significant achievements in competition, business, and support of rodeo. This museum also showcases what life is like for cowboys and cowgirls in Texas. There are currently over 140 hall of fame inductees at this museum.

Each of these inductees have their own booths for displaying personal memorabilia. The hall of fame inductees for 2020 are Charles & Kit Moncrief, Lari Dee Guy, The Priefert Family, R.H. Steve, and Aaron Watson. In addition to the hall of fame, other exhibits that you can check out at the museum include The Sterquell Wagon Collection, The John Justin Trail of Fame, and the 1933 Cadillac.

There is also a gift shop inside the museum called Western Gift Store. There is also a place within the museum called Jersey Lilly Photo Parlor. This is where you can have a Western-style photo of yourself taken with costumes and backgrounds resembling the Old West days. The admission price is $4 per person. These aged 4 and under get free admission. You can go here if you want to make a reservation.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is located on Gendy Street in Ft. Worth. This museum is dedicated to honoring and documenting the impactful lives of cowgirls in the American West. There are currently over 200 inductees into the hall of fame at this museum. The hall of fame covers a variety of fields that cowgirls were a part of.

These fields include pioneers, artists, businesswomen, educators, ranchers, and rodeo cowgirls. This museum is home to over 5,000 objects that belonged to the hall of fame inductees. Examples of these objects include Annie Oakley’s wedding ring and gun, Dale Evans’s Bohlin saddle, and clothing and saddle designed by Nudie Cohn. There are currently two exhibits at the museum.

These two exhibits are Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women, and The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice. The museum also houses a few galleries with photos of the cowgirls who were inducted into the hall of fame. There is also an onsite gift shop called The Shop at The Cowgirl where you can purchase souvenirs.

The ticket prices for the museum are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, military members, and first responders, and $6 for children aged 4 to 12. The admission is free for children aged 3 and under.

These are the Western-related things to do in Ft. Worth. The city is worthy of its Western heritage as demonstrated by its storied history and these attractions.

The Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel to book with during your Western inspired trip to Ft. Worth, I have your back. These are the two hotels that I would suggest you to book with.

Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

This hotel is located on Commerce Street in downtown Ft. Worth. There is complimentary breakfast available at this hotel. If you are hungry, there are plenty of restaurants downtown to choose from. The Capital Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and Bob’s Steak & Chop House. There is an onsite bar at the hotel. The hotel houses a indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.

The hotel’s rooms offers WiFi, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. Microwaves are available in the hotel’s suites. At least some of the hotel rooms and suites offer sweeping views of downtown Ft. Worth. The average rate for a standard room range from $123 to $331. If you are interested in booking a stay and/or checking out the photos, you can go here.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Worth Downtown

This hotel is located on Commerce Street in downtown Ft. Worth. There is complimentary breakfast offered at the hotel. There is also an onsite restaurant for the hungry called the Market Bistro. Thai Tina’s is the hotel’s onsite bar. If you are looking for free alcoholic beverages, you can find them at the Evening Reception every evening. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool.

A fitness center is also available for your workout needs. All of the hotel’s suites have a bedroom and a living room. At least some suites will offer sweeping views of downtown Ft. Worth. All of the suites at the hotel will offer WiFi, wet bars, mini refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers.

The average rate for a standard room range from $155 to $325. Feel free to go here if you are interested in booking options and/or photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you feeling like a cowboy or cowgirl inside? Feel free to leave a comment here.

New Orleans Attractions For Kids

New Orleans is a unique city in the United States. The city is known for its beautiful French and Spanish Creole architecture. New Orleans is most known for its world class party and revelry atmosphere, especially in the city’s famed French Quarter. In fact, the French Quarter has an open carry policy in which alcoholic drinks can be taken out onto the streets to drink around, provided they are in plastic cups.

Also, nightlife establishments in the French Quarter are known for having their doors open. So, with the city’s reputation for partying and reveling, does this mean that the city isn’t inviting for families? Not at all. There is still plenty of things for families to do in New Orleans. Here are some New Orleans attractions for kids that you should check out.

National WWII Museum

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The National WWII Museum is located on Magazine Street in downtown New Orleans. This museum is dedicated to World War II and the role that the United States played in it. During your time at the museum, you will learn about why the famous war was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.

Items displayed at this museum include, but is not limited to, uniforms, weapons, and vehicles that were used during the war by the warring rivals, the Allied and the Axis. You can learn about the personal experiences of not just the leaders, but also the everyday people, during the war. A few of the exhibits you can check out include The Arsenal of Democracy, The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, and US Merchant Marine Gallery.

There are also two onsite restaurants at the museum. They are called The American Sector Restaurant & Bar and the Jeri Nims Soda Shop. The admission price to this museum is $30 per adult.

Garden District

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The Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans is located approximately 4.6 miles to the southwest of the French Quarter via St. Charles Avenue which happens to have streetcars running on it. This is among the most beautiful neighborhoods in New Orleans. The Garden District is home to a large collection of historic mansions backed up by a scenic tree canopy of live oaks.

The Garden District was once home to New Orleans’s wealthiest residents during the 19th century. The entire neighborhood is now designated a landmark by the National Historic Landmark. The mansions in this neighborhood are built in the Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles.

If you prefer to explore the Garden District as a part of a guided tour, I would suggest that you book the New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour by Gray Line New Orleans. The price for this tour will be around $41 per adult. This tour will include exclusive access to one of the mansions, the Opera Guild Home, where you can tour inside.

Jackson Square

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Jackson Square is located on Pere Antoine Alley in New Orlean’s French Quarter, just west of the Mississippi River. This beautiful park is designated a landmark by the National Historic Landmark and is also registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Jackson Square was designed after the famous Paris square, the Place des Vosges.

The park has Parisian-style landscaping, walkways, benches, and iron fences. There is a statue dedicated to Andrew Jackson who was the president of the United States in the early 19th century. There are also four other statues in the neoclassical style at the park. Each of these four statues represents the four seasons. Within the park are three historic buildings.

The most recognizable of the three buildings is the Saint Louis Cathedral. This is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States, having been built in the early 18th century. The cathedral is renowned for its triple steeples that towers above the surrounding area. The other two buildings at the park are The Presbytere and The Cabildo.

These two buildings are located on opposite sides of the Saint Louis Cathedral. Both of these buildings are designed in the colonial Spanish architectural style with many elements of the neo-Renaissance architectural style. The two buildings were once home to the Louisiana Supreme Court from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century.

They are now museums as a part of the Louisiana State Museum network of museums.

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

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The event that New Orleans is most famous for is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is the time when there are different groups parading through New Orleans. Mardi Gras happens in the couple weeks leading onto Fat Tuesday every year. Mardi Gras World is located on Port of New Orleans Place facing the Mississippi River in the Lower Garden District area of New Orleans.

This attraction is basically a working warehouse where you can go behind the scenes of the preparation for Mardi Gras. You can get up and personal with the iconic parade floats and props that are used for Mardi Gras every year. You can observe as artists work to build and prepare these things. During your time at Mardi Gras World, you will also learn about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

The admission price for this attraction is $22 per adult.

These are some of the New Orleans attractions for kids that you can visit as a family. Just because New Orleans may be better suited for those aged 21 and up, doesn’t mean that families aren’t welcome in the city.

The Hotels

Are you seeking a place to stay overnight at while in New Orleans? If so, I am more than happy to help you out here. Here are two hotels that I would suggest you to book with.

Comfort Suites New Orleans

This hotel is located on Bullard Avenue just north of the interchange with Interstate 10 in the northeast part of New Orleans. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. If you are looking for restaurants to dine at, a few nearby restaurants include Bullard Seafood & Grill, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co, and Waffle House. There is a fitness center available for you to exercise in.

There is also an outdoor swimming pool available seasonally. All of the hotel’s suites have living rooms in them. WiFi, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers are also available in all the suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $89 to $166.

InterContinental New Orleans

This hotel is located on Saint Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans. There are two onsite restaurants at this hotel. One is called Pete’s and the other is called Trenasse. There is also a rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of New Orleans. There is also a fitness center available at this hotel.

The rooms and suites at the hotel is designed with a mixture of classic and contemporary New Orleans decor with rich wood furnishings and artistic accents. Some rooms and suites will offer a balcony with breathtaking views outside. At the very least, there will be WiFi, Keurig coffee makers, and minibars in the rooms and suites at this hotel. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $122 to $688.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on taking a family vacation to New Orleans? Feel fr

Great Things To Do In Nashville For The Music Lover

If you are a fan of music, especially country music, you most likely have heard of Nashville, even if you have never been there before. That is because the music is at the heart of Nashville’s appeal as a destination. You may notice that Nashville is nicknamed the Music City. There are valid reasons for Nashville having the nickname.

The connection between Nashville and the music is strong. So, if you are a music fan, Nashville is a destination that should be on your go-to list. These are great things to do in Nashville that revolves around the music. This is aimed at helping you to get the most out of your time in Nashville.

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Grand Ole Opry House

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The Grand Ole Opry House is Nashville’s most iconic attraction. So, visiting this attraction should be the first thing that you do during your time in Nashville. This is the venue where the iconic country music performances, known as the Grand Ole Opry, takes place. The Grand Ole Opry is where country music got its first start and became famous around the world.

As a result, the Grand Ole Opry House is currently the most famous venue in the world of country music. This venue is located on Opryland Drive just west of State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. Even though there is no telling who will perform during your visit there, many established and rising country music stars are known to perform there.

A few of them include Carrie Underwood, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, and Brad Paisley. The Grand Ole Opry country music performances normally happens on Tuesday, Fridays, and Saturdays from February through October at the Grand Ole Opry House.

The tickets go for around $75 per adult. The tickets also come with free shuttle services from the hotels to the venue. If you decide to take advantage of the free shuttle services, this will be provided by Gray Line of Tennessee.

Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Nashville’s downtown. This historic attraction was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry country music performances. As a result, the Ryman Auditorium was where country music was popularized.

Even though, for the most part, the Grand Ole Opry has since moved to its permanent home at the Grand Ole Opry House, they still perform at the Ryman Auditorium from November through January on Fridays and Saturdays. This attraction now functions as a museum while also continuing to function as a venue for music performances from various genres of the music.

During your time at the Ryman Auditorium, you will immerse yourself into a unique theater experience called the Soul of Nashville. This theater experience combines a variety of visual tools to tell the story of the history of this attraction and the impact that it had on American music in general in an exciting way.

These visual tools include holograms, special effects, multidimensional film images, and archival footage. Another notable feature of this attraction is Air Castle Studio. This is where you can go and learn about and then try your hand at recording a song. You can either choose from a menu of songs or you can create and bring your own songs with you.

In the Ryman Auditorium’s Hatch Show Print Gallery section, you can view the unique posters advertising the events that took place at this attraction These posters were crafted by hand. There are also exhibits showcasing the history of this attraction with artifacts and memorabilia. As for visiting this attraction as museum, the price of admission is $23 per person.

As for the Grand Ole Opry country music performances at the Ryman Auditorium, which is called Opry at the Ryman, the price for a ticket is the same as what I mentioned in the Grand Ole Opry House section of this post. If you are interested in any other music performances that take place at this venue, you can check here for the calendar to find out which music performance happens when.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Nashville. As the name of this museum indicates, this museum is all about country music. There is a gallery full of bronze plaques in the hall of fame section of this museum.

These show off all types of people, from musicians to broadcasters to songwriters, who have been recognized for the significant contributions they made to the world of country music. The hall of fame induction began in 1961 with the first inductees being Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Fred Rose. The most recent inductees, from the class of 2019, are Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn, and Ray Stevens.

The museum section of this museum include more than 40 years worth of collections involving country music. These include, but is not limited to, sound recordings, country music books, periodicals, photographs, and fan club newsletters.

A few of the exhibits available at the museum include Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors, and Still Rings True: The Enduring Voice of Keith Whitley. There are two souvenir stores located onsite. They are Circa The Museum Store and Hatch Show Print Store. Onsite dining options include 222: A Southern Eatery, Red Onion, and Bajo Sexto Taco.

The admission price for this museum is $26 per adult.

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

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The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is located on Gay Street in downtown Nashville. This museum is dedicated to musicians of all genres. Unlike the Country Music Hall of Fame, the inductions into the hall of fame at this museum only began in 2007. That makes for a young hall of fame at this museum.

A few of the inductees at the 2019 hall of fame induction include Bob Taylor, Eddie Bayers, Paul Franklin, and Michael Rhodes. This museum is renowned for its large collection of instruments that had been used on hundreds of iconic songs. A few of the exhibits at the museum include Motown, American Studio, and Stax Recording Studio. You can also purchase souvenirs from the Museum Gift Shop located onsite.

The admission price for this museum is around $25 per adult. The admission also includes access to the museum’s GRAMMY Museum Gallery.

These are the great things to do in Nashville if you are a fan of the music. This list isn’t necessarily comprehensive, but it will provide you with the best that Nashville has to offer as far as the music is concerned.

The Hotel To Stay At

For the hotel to stay overnight at, here is the hotel that I would suggest you to stay at. As much as Nashville is renowned for the music, Nashville is renowned for this one hotel in particular.

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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This resort hotel is located on Opryland Drive just west of State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. It is just north of the Grand Ole Opry House, making this the most convenient hotel for reaching Nashville’s most iconic attraction. This is a unique Nashville hotel. It is a large, beautiful hotel surrounded by 9 acres of indoor gardens, winding rivers, and waterfalls.

All of this is under the hotel’s iconic glass atrium which keeps the hotel’s temperature at a consistent 84 degree (F) year-round. One of the hotel’s biggest amenities is a combined indoor and outdoor water park called SoundWaves. One interesting thing about SoundWaves is that even when you’re indoors, you can still “sunbath”.

That is because the glass atrium was designed to allow the sun to shine indoors. It makes you feel like you are out in the sun without being outside. Another amenity worth mentioning is the golf course known as Gaylord Springs Golf Links. It is about five minutes away from the hotel, yet it is still a part of this hotel. You can arrive at the golf course via the hotel’s shuttle services if you wish to go golfing.

The golf course is a par-72, 18-hole course surrounded by breathtaking limestone bluffs and protected wetlands. There are a ton of onsite restaurants and bars to choose from at this hotel. Cascades American Cafe, Fuse Sports Bar, and Ravello are just a few of the options available at this hotel. A full service spa called Relache Spa is offered at this hotel.

In additional to the hotel’s water park, SoundWaves, there are three regular swimming pools. One is indoors and the other two are outdoors. They are all heated. There is also a fitness center available for your workout. Some of the hotel’s room and suites offer stunning views of the hotel’s indoor landscape of gardens, rivers, and waterfalls.

All of the rooms and suites will have at least WiFi, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $240 to $465. Be aware though that there will also be surcharges in order to access certain amenities at the hotel.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you a fan of the music looking for a place to check out? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Great Things To Do In Nashville Beyond The Music

What comes to mind whenever you think of Nashville? If you answer with “the music”, that is understandable. In fact, Nashville is most notable for its strong connection to the music, especially country music. It is no wonder that Nashville is nicknamed “The Music City”. As a result, there are numerous world class attractions in Nashville that are related to the music.

So, does that mean that Nashville doesn’t have any compelling attractions that aren’t related to the music? The answer to this question, I can assure you, is a resounding no. Here are some great things to do in Nashville that are outside of the music.

The Parthenon

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The Parthenon is located inside of Nashville’s Centennial Park. It is on the United States National Register of Historic Places. This is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The Parthenon is designed in the Greek classical architectural style. The Parthenon functions as an art museum. The signature feature at this art museum is the Athena Parthenos statue.

This is basically a statue of Athena, a goddess from the Greek mythology. The statue is made of a composite of gypsum cement and ground fiberglass. At the art museum, you can view a collection of over 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists. During the summer, there will be Greek performances playing out at the art museum such as Medea and Antigone.

The admission prices for this art museum are free for members, $6 per adults, and $4 for these aged 4 to 17 and these aged 62 and above.

Belle Meade Plantation

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The Belle Meade Plantation is located on Leake Avenue in Nashville. This beautiful attraction was a renowned thoroughbred stud farm for a century from 1807 until 1906. During that time, it was considered to be the best thoroughbred stud farm in the United States. This attraction once bred and housed renowned racing horses such as Iroquois, who became the first American-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby.

This attraction was also noted for its use of African American slave laborers during much of its history. This attraction is now a museum. It is built in the Greek revival architectural style. During your time at this museum, you can tour and learn about the history of this plantation and the African American slave laborers who played a role in the plantation’s operations.

The mansion itself as well as the cabin, dairy, carriage house, stable, and mausoleum outbuildings can be toured. There is also a winery, visitors center, and a ice cream and fudge store located on property. There is actually an onsite restaurant called The Harding House. However, this restaurant is currently undergoing renovation and is thus closed at this time.

This museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. The admission price to this museum is $24 per adult.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage is located on Rachels Lane in Nashville. This breathtaking plantation was once the home of Andrew Jackson who was the seventh president of the United States from 1829 until 1837. This plantation was used to grow cotton. As was the case with the Belle Meade Plantation, this plantation was noted for its use of African American slave laborers during its history.

This plantation is now a museum. This museum is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. During your time at this museum, you can tour and learn about Andrew Jackson’s life and what life was like in the South part of the United States during the 19th century for everyone from aristocrats to enslaved persons.

The museum has original furnishings from the time that Andrew Jackson lived there. The admission price is about $22 per adult.

Nashville Zoo

The Nashville Zoo is located on Nolensville Pike in Nashville. One attraction inside the zoo that is worth noting is the Grassmere Home. This gorgeous home was once a 300-acre slave holding farm owned by Michael and Elizabeth Dunn in the 19th century. As a part of admission to the zoo, you can tour this historic house and learn about its history.

At the zoo, there are over 6,230 animals from over 339 species. A few of these animals you can encounter at the zoo include spider monkeys, white rhinoceros, Masai giraffes, and clouded leopards. There are countless animal exhibits at the zoo for you to check out. These include Critter Encounters, Lorikeet Landing, Kangaroo Kickabout, and the new Tiger Crossroads.

You can also ride the Soaring Eagle zip line in order to get breathtaking views of the zoo. There will be animal performances for you to watch at the zoo as well. The admission price at the zoo is $20 per adult.

Lane Motor Museum

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This museum is located on Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. If you are a fan of foreign cars and motorcycles, you will want to check out this museum. This museum contains the largest collection of beautiful European cars and motorcycles in the United States. There are over 500 cars and motorcycles in total with 150 of them being displayed each day.

Along with the European collection of cars and motorcycles, you can check out a collection of cars and motorcycles from North America, South America, and Asia. The ages of the cars and motorcycles range from the 1920’s to the present day. In addition to the cars and motorcycles themselves, you can also view art and memorabilia at the museum.

The admission prices to this museum as of 2019 are $12 for adults, $8 for these aged 65 and above, and $3 for these aged 6 to 17. Members as well as these aged under 6 get free admission to this museum.

These are some great things to do in Nashville that doesn’t have anything to do with the music at all. So, if you are looking for something more to do in Nashville than just the music or if you don’t want anything to do with the music at all, you will want to check these things out.

Hotels to Stay At

If you would like somewhere to stay overnight at in Nashville, I am more than happy to help you out here. Here are two hotels for you to book your stay with.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Nashville – Opryland

This hotel is located on McGavock Pike west of the interchange with State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway) in Nashville. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. As for the restaurants, a few nearby options include Old Hickory Steakhouse, Caney Fork, and The Nashville Palace. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center for you to use.

All of the rooms and suites at this hotel comes with WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $159 to $245.

Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland

This hotel is located on Rudy Circle northwest of the interchange of McGavock Pike and State Highway 155 (Briley Parkway). This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. If you are hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Cascades American Cafe, Aquarium Restaurant, and Rudie’s Seafood & Sausage. There is an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center available at this hotel.

All the hotel room and suites offer WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $147 to $238.

So, what are your thoughts? Is there anything you are looking forward to checking out when you visit Nashville? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Eureka Springs, The Prettiest Town In Arkansas

Tucked away in the northwestern corner of the American state of Arkansas is Eureka Springs. Eureka Springs is a scenic, winding town located in the Ozark Mountains which covers the northwestern part of Arkansas as well as the southwestern part of the state of Missouri. The entire town is registered on National Register of Historic Places as the Eureka Springs Historic District.

The town’s founding was based on the Native American legend that the area’s springs housed healing powers to cure various ailments. That ended up attracting people hoping to find a cure to their illness from the springs. Here in this post, you will find at least a few things to do in Eureka Springs in order to have a great visit there.

Go For A Drive

One thing that Eureka Springs and its surrounding area is renowned for is its natural setting, being located in the Ozark Mountains. This is an opportunity for you to explore the area by road. There are a number of routes that you can drive on in the area. The best route you can drive on is The Pig Trail.

The Pig Trail runs on the same route as State Highway 23 for around 19 miles starting in Fayetteville and making its way through the Ozark Mountains. This offers a variety of majestic views including rivers, waterfalls, forests, and mountain views. You will also pass through the town of Eureka Springs and the Ozark National Forest on the journey.

Visit The Historic Downtown

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Eureka Springs is home to a historic downtown. Downtown Eureka Springs is a hilly and winding area that runs along the Main and Spring streets. The best way to experience downtown Eureka Springs would be to go for a walk. That will offer you the chance to enjoy the steepness of downtown and marvel at the beautiful Victorian-style architecture in which buildings are made of stones.

While walking downtown, you can also soak in the views of the surrounding beauty of the Ozarks. Staircases are also a sight to behold downtown. So, be on the lookout for these. There are many unique shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars to be found in downtown Eureka Springs. So, stop by at any of these places at your leisure.

If you are looking for a place to relax in peace downtown, you can do so at the Basin Spring Park. This park is charmingly tucked into downtown Eureka Springs. The park was where one of the springs was located. It was the site on which Eureka Springs was founded in the mid 19th century.

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The spring itself is technically still there, but it is located beneath the park now. There are a couple statues in the park worth checking out. The park is populated with benches for you to sit on. There are also live music performances going on in the park’s bandshell.

Blue Spring Heritage Center

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The Blue Spring Heritage Center is located on Country Road 210 about 15 minutes drive northwest from downtown Eureka Springs. This breathtaking natural attraction was a stopover for the Cherokee Indians during their journey westward during the 1830’s. Their journey was known as the Trail of Tears. One of the natural attraction’s highlights is the spring known as Blue Spring.

The spring pumps out over 38 million gallons of water daily and they flow as river and waterfall towards the trout lagoon. The water has a clear blue look to it. Another highlight at the Blue Spring Heritage Center is the Blue Spring Shelter. This is an area of giant bluff shelters. This area has historic significance for Native American tribes extending as far as 10,000 years ago.

Various Native American tribes still visit this area today and performs ceremonies during their visits there. The Blue Spring Heritage Center contains paths through gardens of native plants, woodlands of hardwood trees, meadows, and hillsides for you to hike on. There are also benches and gazeboes should you want somewhere to relax during your time there.

The admission prices here are as follows: $9.75 for adults, $6.50 for these aged 6 to 17, and free for these aged 5 and under.

Onyx Cave

The Onyx Cave is located on Onyx Cave Lane about a 15 minutes drive northeast of downtown Eureka Springs. This stunning cave is home to a variety of wildlife and rock formation. Over 20 different gemstones call this cave home and you can collect some gemstones during your time there and take them home. You will be given a special keepsake bag for you to store your gemstone collection in.

There is a new activity available in this cave called Axe Throwing. This fun activity is played in a similar manner to playing darts. It goes something like this: you are given an axe and then you try and throw the axe at a certain spot on the circle thing. You can use this activity to test out your skills or start up a game.

There is a gift shop located in this cave so that you can buy souvenirs. There is also a new booth serving snow cones. There is at least one outdoor deck in the cave offering gorgeous views of the surroundings. There are torchlights spread out through the cave to help light the area up. The temperature in the cave is 57 degree (F). This is always the case regardless of the temperature outside at the time.

The admission price is as follows: $10 for adults and $6 for these aged 4 to 13. These aged 4 and under get free admission.

These are just a few of the things to do in Eureka Springs in order to have a great experience there. Regardless of if this is your first time visiting Eureka Springs or if you are making a return visit, you are destined for a great visit to this pretty town in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.

Eureka Springs Hotels

Are you ready to find a hotel to stay overnight at during your Eureka Springs vacation? No problem at all, I am here to help you with your hotel options. Here are two hotels I would encourage you to book at.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

This hotel is located on Prospect Avenue just west of downtown Eureka Springs. This beautiful palatial hotel sits on an overlook high above the town of Eureka Springs. This hotel opened in 1886, having been open for more than a century. The hotel is surrounded by manicured gardens, making for a beautiful setting.

There are a few onsite restaurants. They are The Crystal Dining Room and Skybar Gourmet Pizza. A sweet treats shop called Crescent Confections is also located onsite. As the hotel’s name indicates, there is a spa called the New Moon Spa at the hotel. There is also an outdoors heated swimming pool and a hot tub available.

In addition to hotel rooms and suites, there are also cottages available for these of you who desires a more rustic experience at the hotel. All hotel rooms and suites include WiFi and a coffee maker while small refrigerator and microwave are also available in the hotel’s suites.

As for the cottages, all of them offer a full kitchen, a dining room, at least one bedroom, and WiFi. Certain cottages also offers a large deck for breathtaking views as well as a hot tub. The average rate for a standard room at this hotel ranges from $159 to $492.

Best Western Eureka Inn

This hotel is located on East Van Buren Street just south of downtown Eureka Springs. A restaurant called Gazebo Restaurant is located onsite. The hotel offers an outdoor heated swimming pool, which is currently the largest in Eureka Springs. A fitness center is also offered at this hotel for use. The hotel also allows pets to be inside it.

All hotel rooms offer coffee makers and mini refrigerator. WiFi is also available in every hotel room. The average rate for a standard room range from $87 to $135.

Get Spooked – The Best Haunted Tours in America for 2019

Are you the type of person who finds the thrill of being frightened? Do you desire to seek out some dark secrets? If this is you, then you have indeed came to the right place. We are about to approach Halloween soon. So, I figured that i would take the opportunity to talk about the best haunted tours in the United States that you can take in 2019.

When people think of Halloween, they will certainly think of all these vivid orange pumpkins that glows creepily at nightfall. They will probably also think of the trick and treat in which children dresses in costumes go around the houses and seek out all those tasty candies. However, if you prefer more of an adventure, then these haunted tours will certainly do for you this year.

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New Orleans Vampire Tour

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Are you ready to face your blood thirsty foes? If you are, then good. Because in this haunted tour, vampires could very well be lurking around somewhere. The New Orleans Vampire Tour is hosted by Haunted History Tours of New Orleans. The haunted tour will meet up at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter area of New Orleans. The haunted tour will leave at about 8:30pm.

Once the haunted tour starts, your haunted tour guide will be carrying around a lamplight. You will be cautiously exploring the French Quarter area of New Orleans in the darkness of night. You will be paying a visit to the famous sites to learn about true-to-life vampire-style crimes. In the course of this haunted tour, you will be heading to a creepy tavern that legends has that was a popular hangout spot for the vampires.

You will be heading to sites that were filming locations for the 1994 movie titled “Interview with the Vampire” made by Warner Bros. You will also be stopping at the Boutique Du Vampyre which, according to legends, is where the vampires go shopping. The items crafted here are from local artists. As you wander around as part of the haunted tour, you might spot vampires.

But, are those vampires real or fake? Good question, but that is for you to figure out. The New Orleans Vampire Tour will last for about two hours and will cost about $24.99 per person.

Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour

Do you believe in ghosts? Or are you a fan of a movie or video game about ghosts such as Ghostbusters or Luigi’s Mansion? Well, this is a spooky, but fun haunted tour located in Charleston, South Carolina where you might spot some ghosts. The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour is hosted by Tour Charleston. The haunted tour will meet at Buxton Books and Tour Charleston Headquarters in Charleston’s historic downtown.

The haunted tour will start at one of the night times. You will want to bring a flashlight for better navigation during the darkness. The biggest highlight of this haunted tour will be a visit to the Unitarian Church Graveyard. The graveyard is not normally open to the public at night, but, as a part of this haunted tour, you will be given a special access to the graveyard at nightfall.

The graveyard is a few centuries old, having originally been built in 1772 which happens to be a few years before the United States even became an independent country. There has been tales of ghosts resembling people who were buried there, haunting people at night. So, be on the lookout for them while at the graveyard.

In addition to visiting the graveyard, you will be walking around Charleston’s historic downtown and listening to stories being told about ghosts and Charleston’s spooky past. You will walk by a variety of buildings, squares, and landmarks where the former residents used to hang out a long time ago. If you look around carefully, they still might be there, in ghost form.

The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour will take about one and a half hours to finish. The price for this haunted tour will be about $25 per person.

Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah

Are you into bar hopping? How about hearing creepy stories about a sinister past? If you are into both of these, then you are in luck here. This haunted tour offers a combination of these two things. The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah is hosted by Creep Crawl Haunted Pub Tours and takes place in Savannah’s historic downtown area starting in the evening.

The haunted tour will meet and start at the Six Pence Pub. This will be your first pub as a part of this haunted tour. In addition to this pub, you will be visiting about 3 or 4 more pubs. During your visit at all of the four or five pubs during this haunted tour, you will be hearing stories about the pubs’ creepy past. You will also be given a special cup which you can take home with you as a souvenir.

You can have your special cup filled with an alcoholic drink. You will be responsible for the expense of alcoholic drinks. During your visit to each of the pubs, you will be given the opportunity to use the restroom if you need to do so. In addition to visiting each of the pubs, you will be visiting the Colonial Park Cemetery during this haunted tour.

The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah will last for about two and a half hours. The price for this haunted tour will be about $24.99 per person. It is important to note that you must be at least 21 years of age or older in order to participate in this haunted tour.

These are the three best haunted tours that you can take in 2019. As I mentioned earlier in this post, Halloween is right upon us. So, if you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this week other than or in addition to participating in the trick and treat or carving out these vivid orange pumpkins to make them spooky at nightfall, then the way for you to celebrate is to take these three haunted tours.

Just so you know, these three haunted tours aren’t necessarily limited to just the day or even the week of Halloween. So, if for some reason you can’t make it to one of these haunted tours on the day or week of Halloween, then no problem. You can still take one of these any other time of the year provided that the weather is good at any given time for the haunted tour to happen as scheduled.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you brave enough to go on one of these haunted tours? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Three Best Places to See the Fall Foliage 2019

September 23rd is the official start of the autumn season here in the United States. The autumn season means we get to see brilliant leaves, observe the spooks of Halloween, and eat a slice of the pumpkin pie. With the Autumn season officially underway, you may be wondering where would be the best places to see the fall foliage this autumn? This is where I step in and help you figure all that out.

Breckenridge, Colorado

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Breckenridge, Colorado is a charming mountain town located in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. During autumn, the Breckenridge area is brimming with the famous golden aspen trees that dots the rocky mountains during this time of the year. There are endless opportunities to take in the breathtaking golden aspens.

Hiking is one of the best methods for exploring the golden aspen foliage. For hiking, you will want to consider one of the trails in the Boreas Pass located just outside of Breckenridge.

The Boreas Pass area is a great place to hike as you will go through a canopy of aspen trees brimming with golden leaves while at the same time offering a sweeping view of the soaring peaks which, if you are lucky, will be capped with snow. You will also go high enough in the Boreas Pass area in order to be able to take in the spectacle views of the town of Breckenridge.

Hotel – Residence Inn Breckenridge

If you are in need of a place to lay your head overnight, here are a couple hotels I would encourage you to check out. The first is Residence Inn Breckenridge. This hotel is located on 600 South Ridge Street, just south of the downtown area of Breckenridge.

The Residence Inn offers complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub among its amenities offering. This hotel is welcoming to pets. So, if you are planning to take your pet with you, this is a great hotel for you. All rooms and suites here comes fully equipped with a kitchen/kitchenette, allowing you to cook your own food.

The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $199 to $781. If you are interested, you can head here to explore your options for booking a stay and/or to check out some photos.

Hotel – Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center

The second hotel is Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. This is a full service resort style hotel. Beaver Run is located at 620 Village Road to the southwest of downtown Breckenridge. There are a lot of options here for rooms and suites to choose from.

There are a broad range of exciting amenities here including, but is not limited to, indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, an arcade room, multiple full service restaurants and bars, a clothing and accessory store, tennis courts, and a skiing school. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $134 to $429 here. If you wish, you can go here to book a stay and/or check out the photos.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a scenic town located in the stunning Great Smoky Mountains National Park area. Even though the area is a beautiful place year round, it is especially beautiful during the autumn when the leaves turn into a vibrant mixture of reds, oranges, and yellows.

One of the best ways you can take in the breathtaking views is to go for a drive on U.S. Route 441 until you get to Clingsman Dome Road then head on that road which will lead you to the parking area. At this point, you will be at the highest elevation in the Smokies at around 6,643 feet high.

There will be a short, but steep hiking path that will lead you to the Clingsman Dome Observance Tower. For taking the drive and then making it to the observance tower, you will be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the Smokies and the fall foliage that dominates the scenery.

Hotel – Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg

Should you need a place to stay overnight, here are two hotels you can book a night in. The first hotel is Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg. This hotel is located at 539 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. It is a resort-style hotel that offers compelling amenities such as indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a couple full service restaurants and bars, a massage spa.

There are a range of room and suite options including a special, secluded bungalow called Jimmy’s Hideway, all available for you to book. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $179 to $375. You can check out booking options and/or view some photos here.

Hotel – Gatlinburg Inn

The second hotel is Gatlinburg Inn. This is a historic hotel located at 755 Parkway in the heart of Gatlinburg. The amenities offered here includes an outdoors swimming pool, free breakfast and charming front porch rockers for enjoying the views. There are also many historical photos of Gatlinburg Inn inside the hotel for your viewing enjoyment too as well.

The average rate for a standard room ranges from $145 to $236. Feel free to head here to book a stay and/or check out the photos.

Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor, Maine is a picturesque seaside town located on Mount Desert Island right off the coast of Maine. The natural beauty of the area speaks for itself. I recommend going for a hike on one of the many winding trails in Acadia National Park which for the most part is located on Mount Desert Island.

You will want to aim for the summit of Cadillac Mountain which, at 1,527 feet high is the highest point on Mount Desert Island. You will be treated with stunning views of the mountain, rocky coastlines, charming towns like Bar Harbor, the ocean and of course the colorful fall foliage that dominates the scenery.

Hotel – Best Western Acadia Park Inn

If you are yearning for a place to stay overnight, may I suggest two of the area hotels for you to book a night? The first hotel is Best Western Acadia Park Inn. This hotel is located at 452 Maine Route 3 to the northwest of Bar Harbor.

There are plenty of worthwhile amenities at the hotel for your enjoyment, including a playground, a S’Mores fire pit, park-style BBQ and picnic tables, a badminton area, and more. The average rate for a standard room ranges from $180 to $255. Go here if you are interested in exploring your booking options and/or to check out some photos.

Hotel – Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina

The second hotel I would suggest is Harborside Hotel, Spa and Marina. This is a oceanside hotel located at 55 West Street in downtown Bar Harbor. As the hotel name indicates, a massage spa and a marina are among the amenities that are offered here at this hotet and are worth checking out.

The average rate for a standard room here ranges from $351 to $574. Feel free to go here to book your stay and/or view some photos.

These are the three best places to see the fall foliage this autumn season. I cannot predict with 100 percent precision as to the best time to see the fall foliage as this depends on a variety of weather factors. However, the best time to go and see the fall foliage is usually from late September through early November.

What are your thoughts? Are you planning on checking out some fall foliage this fall? Feel free to leave a comment here.