Written by Wildcat Dianne on 17 Oct, 2013
Finishing in second place in the Health Occupations Student Association Healthcare Issues State Exam in April earned me an all expenses paid trip to the National HOSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of June. Most of the time was spent at the…Read More
Finishing in second place in the Health Occupations Student Association Healthcare Issues State Exam in April earned me an all expenses paid trip to the National HOSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee at the end of June. Most of the time was spent at the Gaylord Opryland Resort competing in my event, sitting by the pool, reading, and relaxing before I had to return home to Florida and begin a six-week externship in order to graduate from Pensacola State College's Medical Assisting program.
But I was getting bored sitting by the pool and getting chlorine in my eyes or sunburned, and when our chaperone, Carol, and our very kind bus driver John offered to take us to Nashville to tour around the city on Saturday morning, several of us jumped at the chance for a free trip to town to relieve us from boredom at the hotel. Laura and Pam made plans to go to the Country Music Hall of Fame and others decided to go shopping for cowboy boots or other goodies while others like me who didn't want to spend $30 for a museum or the Hall of Fame thought a good walk around town was a good thing to do. So we jumped on the bus about 9 a.m. and off we were to downtown Nashville.
Nashville is Tennessee's capital city and is known as the "Music City" and is the center of country music of America. Nashville was founded by several members of the Overmountain Men in 1779 a was named for Francis Nash, who was a hero of the American Revolution. Located on the Cumberland River, Nashville became a strategic river port and eventually when the railroad came that way, a strategic rail port. This made Nashville an important conquest for the Union Army during the Civil War and in February, 1862, Nashville was the first big Confederate city and state capital to fall to Union troops. The Confederate Army under General Hood tried to retake Nashville in what became known as the Battle of Nashville from December 15-16, 1864 but failed miserably and Nashville stayed in Union hands.
Today Nashville still is an important government, shipping, and cultural center and is also home to the Tennessee Titans NFL Football team and the Grand Ole Opry.
As I said before, I decided to take advantage of the trip to downtown Nashville and spent the time walking around the shops on Broadway, 2nd Street, and other main drags of the Music City. Not a country music fan, I just went along for the ride and watched Carol search for cowboy boots for her grandkids. There are several cowboy boot shops in Downtown Nashville, and almost all of them had the Buy One Pair, Get 2 Pairs Free deal. Carol was able to get three pairs of boots for her grandkids and one of their friends. For those like me who do not like country music that much, there is the Hard Rock Cafe where one can eat and enjoy rock n roll culture in Nashville.
After a couple of hours of walking around Nashville, Carol and I decided to round up the troops and have lunch at the Hard Rock before getting back on the bus at 2 for the trip back to our hotel and our final awards ceremony before heading home to Florida the next morning. I wasn't too impressed with Nashville but it was worth a couple of hours of my time to tour around and see what it was all about. I am sure anyone who is a country music fan would love to go to Nashville, but I think I will stay by the pool next time. HA HA!
Written by MilwVon on 30 Dec, 2009
The George Dickel Company distillery is about 20 minutes from the more well known one of the area, Jack Daniel's. We thought we would add this to fill out our day trip from Nashville. I had researched their location and information necessary to…Read More
The George Dickel Company distillery is about 20 minutes from the more well known one of the area, Jack Daniel's. We thought we would add this to fill out our day trip from Nashville. I had researched their location and information necessary to add this tour to our day.When we arrived, we learned that they were not in production for the week between Christmas and New Year's and that while tours were being offered, there was really nothing much to see. Add to that, we were told "it's cold in there" which led us to believe they were trying to disuade folks from wanting to take the tour.We were happy to oblige since we had just had a wonderful experience up in Lynchburg, and understood "the process" so we didn't need to walk through a production facility to be told about what they do. It's all pretty much the same, the same as how they've been making American whisky for more than a hundred years.Their location was in a nice holler, which was very rustic and quaint. Like other bourbon and whisky making locales, they have a fresh water stream running through the property adding to the ambience of the area.If you are planning a trip into Tennessee's whisky making area and think you want to take in George Dickel's distillery in Tullahoma, TN, be sure to call ahead as their website (www.georgedickel.com) did not mention the production shutdown for the holidays. Their phone number is 931-857-3124.I should also comment that they do have a package and gift shop on the premises so you can buy whisky and/or tee-shirts and other apparel items if Dickel is your brand. Close
Written by bledpub on 09 Dec, 2008
We have returned once again from Thanksgiving in Nashville, although this trip was a little different. On this trip, we weren’t just vacationing, we were looking at the city with new eyes-the eyes of relocating. When I lived in the city at the age of…Read More
We have returned once again from Thanksgiving in Nashville, although this trip was a little different. On this trip, we weren’t just vacationing, we were looking at the city with new eyes-the eyes of relocating. When I lived in the city at the age of 18 things were different. For one thing, that was ten years ago. New buildings have gone up, old buildings have gone down, country music has had a turnover, and Opryland wasn’t quite as much of a distant memory. On the other hand, I was young, single, and had no cares in the world. I wanted to live downtown, I wanted things to be exciting, and I didn’t care if I had any money. Up and coming neighborhoods were the trend. Now that I have a child, I have a totally different viewpoint. We can’t just pick a house that we like and take it. There are other things to consider: does it have a yard, is it safe, are there any good daycares close by, what is the school system like…We actually have to be picky. It’s scary. So on this trip, we went armed with some house rental ads from Craigslist and went looking. First up was Inglewood. This is one of the "up and coming" neighborhoods of East Nashville. The house was 4 bedrooms, a family room, and cost $900 per month. We never did find the house. The ones presumably around it, however, all had bars on the windows. Not for me.The next neighborhood was around Tennessee State. The neighborhood was hopping, the street wasn’t as busy, and the houses were a little more kept up. But we still couldn’t find the house. On Day 2, we ate Thanksgiving dinner at the Renaissance Hotel downtown. See review for further explanation. I woke up with a sinus infection and the subsequent driving around gave me a headache. On the plus side, we did manage to find two houses. The first house we found was in Berry Hill. Finally, a neighborhood we could actually see ourselves living in. The house was nice, but has been up for rent for over a month. Picky landlords or perhaps a problem we’re not seeing? Who knows. The other house was close to that one but nearer to the railroad tracks and Nolensville Road than we would have liked. To get to the next house we had to drive through Belle Meade. We decided that was the neighborhood that fit us the best. Maybe in ten years when we are millionaires. Unfortunately, although we drove up and down the street that the house supposedly set on, we didn’t find it either. A trend, you think?The next house was located in Pegram. It was out in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, I thought we had gotten turned around and were back in Eastern Kentucky. The house, at $800, set on a lot that sloped straight downhill. And the house wasn’t in very good condition either. On the other hand, it was close to the new "Nashville West" shopping center. The center had a Wal-Mart AND a Target. Whoo hoo!I was sick the next day so I stayed in while the others took on Black Friday. No good deals to be found. The Wal-Mart store didn’t carry the items that the advertiser boasted of. Damn. Later that night, however, my husband and I got a break from our son and went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. It was expensive and bland. I think next time I will just stick to the cheesecake. I like Green Hills mall though because walking around it makes me feel like I have money. (I don’t, so don’t get the wrong impression.) Afterwards, we went to the movies and saw the new "Twighlight" film to try to get a better understanding of the obsession my office seems to be in. (Note: we still don’t get it.) The cinema at Green Hills is going to need refurbishment soon. Just saying. On our last night we decided to check out the Opryland Hotel to see if they had done any decorating since we had been disappointed with downtown Nashville’s lack of festivity. We were appalled by the $18 it cost to park (used to be free, but I guess that was a long time ago) so we parked at Applebees across the street and walked. Our son seemed to be impressed with the lights and trees inside, but pushing around a stroller with 15,000 people is not fun. We have now turned into the people that annoy us. Close
Written by zabelle on 21 Apr, 2007
Monell's1235 6th Ave NorthMonell's is as close to a Nashville institution as you will ever find. They are home to meat and three on a daily basis for lunch and dinner. (that is your meat choice with three sides) On the weekend, they open up…Read More
Monell's1235 6th Ave NorthMonell's is as close to a Nashville institution as you will ever find. They are home to meat and three on a daily basis for lunch and dinner. (that is your meat choice with three sides) On the weekend, they open up for breakfast. We came here on a Saturday morning in December and we were lucky enough to find parking on the street, but it is very limited. When you arrive, you are assigned to a group, since dining is family style, you won’t be seated until the table is almost full. Pitchers of orange juice, water, and of course sweet tea, will begin to flow as well as cups of good hot coffee. And let me warn you that even in December there was a large crowd here. In turns, platters will be passed of scrambled eggs, biscuits and sausage, gravy, bacon, ham and sausage, stewed apples, fresh jam, flapjacks, grits and much, much more. It does not all arrive at once, it is very well timed so that everything gets served warm. If you are not in the mood to be friendly at breakfast then you will not fit in here. It is polite to ask to have the food passed and, of course, in your turn, talk to the person next to you to whom you are passing. We had a table full of delightful companions and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and a very filling Southern breakfast.The tables are spread through several different rooms and have upwards of a dozen wooden high-back chairs at each table. The rooms are decorated with wall murals. It is all very Southern, very gracious, and very delicious.Lunch and dinner are also served family style.PralinesMillenium Maxwell HotelWhen we arrived at the Millennium Maxwell, our room was not ready yet. It was just a little late for lunch but we hadn’t eaten so we put our bags into storage and went into Pralines where a lunch buffet was being served.I went right up and took a little of everything. There were cold salads, soup and some hot entrees. It wasn’t a great selection but it was adequate. Cindy took her time getting to the hot food and by the time she did there wasn’t much left. This place is incredible, they brought her the menu and told her to order off the menu for the same price we were going to pay for the buffet. She ended up with a very nice steak with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables.We finished up with cups of coffee and some very fine cake, Cindy opted for the German chocolate and I had the carrot. They were both large and moist and well-worth the calories and carbs. Pralines serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.Maxwell’s LoungeAfter a day that involved traveling from CT and then spending two hours touring the Tennessee State Museum, we were ready to chill. The thought of leaving the hotel to find some dinner didn’t appeal to us, so we just headed into the bar to get a couple of drinks and snacks.Little did we know that drafts were $2 until 7pm. I have to say, our waitress was great telling us when it was almost time to go back to regular prices so we could order a second round. We decided to split an order of buffalo wings and a plate of loaded nachos along with our mugs of beer.The beers were cold and fresh, the wings were nicely spiced and served with bleu cheese and celery, and the nachos came with plenty of cheese, refried beans, and guacamole. It was a very cheap evening and the food was better than okay, it was quite good. Close
Written by zabelle on 28 Mar, 2007
Opryland HotelIf you have the opportunity to stay here, I would recommend it. Not just for the accommodation but because it is just such an amazing place.Since we had opted for the more economical Millennium Maxwell Hotel, we decided to head to Opryland to have…Read More
If you have the opportunity to stay here, I would recommend it. Not just for the accommodation but because it is just such an amazing place.Since we had opted for the more economical Millennium Maxwell Hotel, we decided to head to Opryland to have dinner. We happened to be at the Hermitage when we made this decision, but if you are downtown you will need to take Rte. 65 north to Briley Parkway. It is all very well-marked, so don’t worry about finding it. The actual entrance to Opryland is on McGavock Parkway and again, with all the signs and lights, it is hard to miss. Once on the property you will need to decide very quickly through which lobby to enter. You may enter through the original lobby in the Magnolia Building—this is the one with the beautiful chandelier and the sweeping stairway—or you may opt for the equally dramatic Cascades Lobby. There are also entrances in the Delta Area and at the Convention Center. Signs will direct you to these two. You have the choice to self park for $10 or to do valet, which is also $10, but only for the first hour. More than 2 hours is $18 plus tax and tip. We chose the convenience of the valet and it worked wonderfully. We entered through the Cascades Lobby. Stop at the concierge desk and pick up a map of the hotel interior. You are going to need it. There are three different areas to explore and this does not include the Convention Center. We began by walking into the Cascades and we took the escalator up to the garden conservatory. You may walk through on the skywalk or if you prefer you can walk at ground level. The Christmas decorations here are spectacular. Children will love it and it certainly caters to the child in all of us.The map will help you to locate the restaurants, bars, cafés, retail stores, Delta Flatboat Experience, Magnolia Pool, Relache Spa, and the Video Arcade. Another great thing about the map is that it pinpoints all the restrooms. From the Conservatory we walked into the Magnolia Section, which includes the original Opryland Hotel. Only about 600 of the now more than 2,800 rooms are in that original section. There are lots of dining options at Gaylord, you can choose casual or dressy, it really is up to you. We chose casual. With dinner out of the way we headed to the Delta Section to take the flatboat. We arrived at 6pm and maybe it was just luck or maybe everyone else was at dinner, but we got to take a private trip: just Cindy, myself, and our flatboat operator. Her job is to point out all the items of interest along the way, including Louise the albino catfish and Ben and Jerry the woodland ducks. This is an interesting ride and gives you an up close look at the water features as well.
We finished up by shopping in the many upscale stores on the upper level in Delta. Whether it’s Opryland memorabilia or Jack Daniels anything, you will find it here. We spent about 3 hours there and I am sure if we hadn’t already spent a full day at other things we could have spent more.
Written by zabelle on 06 Dec, 2006
I visited the Hermitage last year for the first time. It was my favorite historic site in Nashville. I wanted to share this very special place with Cindy. That in itself is not of particular note but what happen to me on my revisit is.…Read More
I visited the Hermitage last year for the first time. It was my favorite historic site in Nashville. I wanted to share this very special place with Cindy. That in itself is not of particular note but what happen to me on my revisit is. The house itself has of course remained unchanged. It is locked into a time warp that places it in the last years of Andrew Jackson’s life, after he served his second term in Washington. What came as a big surprise to me was how much I had missed on my first visit. Begin your visit in the visitor center. You can watch a video that replays every 15 or 20 minutes. This will give you a history lesson on Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage and their times. After the video walk down the hall on your right and head toward the museum. On my previous visit I wasn’t aware that there even was a museum. Along the corridor you will be introduced to a number of the slaves who once lived at the Hermitage. These placards are very interesting as well as informative. Once inside the museum you will be introduced again to Andrew, his wife Rachel, their adopted son as well as her nephew Andrew Jackson Donnelson. Here you will see artifacts found during archaeological digs on the property, items that belong to the family and a history that takes you beyond the occupation of the house by members of the Jackson family. Allow yourself half hour to forty-five minutes to visit this museum, there is a lot of information there. After this it’s time to walk up and take your guided tour of the house. This takes about 15 minutes and then you are on your own to explore. I am going to suggest that your first stop be the garden and graveyard. In November needless to say there was nothing blooming but the starkness adds poignancy to the peaceful place. As we began our tour of the grounds we came upon a trail that led to the Field Quarter Springs and the remains of field quarters that have been discovered. It is a half mile walk and leads to the area where the field hands lived and spent their time off from the fields. The remains of four brick cabins have been found and there are traces of two earlier log cabins in the same area. Some of the items from these excavations have made their way into the museum exhibits at the visitor center. They have shed amazing new light on what the life of the slaves would have been like. One surprising find is that there was little difference between what was found in the field hands cabins and what has been found in the house slaves cabins. All of them have had coins found in their ruins as well as pieces of dishes, marbles, porcelain doll heads and many other items. Life was hard but there was some time for the children to enjoy toys.On the way back we stopped at the original cabin that Andrew and Rachel lived in. When I was there last year these were not renovated and we could only see them from outside a barrier. All that has been completed and we were able to walk around inside as well as outside. After you leave the Hermitage turn left and follow the road to the Hermitage Church and Tulip Grove. These are just two additional pieces to the amazing story of Andrew and Rachel Jackson. Close
Written by zabelle on 26 Oct, 2004
If you can only visit one place in Nashville, then I would recommend that the Country Music Hall of Fame be that place. There is nowhere else in Nashville, or anywhere on this planet, where you will find so much information about the past, the…Read More
If you can only visit one place in Nashville, then I would recommend that the Country Music Hall of Fame be that place. There is nowhere else in Nashville, or anywhere on this planet, where you will find so much information about the past, the present, and the future of country music. "Hear It, See It, Experience It," their brochure claims, and I can’t express it any better. This is a museum that will assault your senses. There is so much to see and hear that it is hard to know where to begin.
"The mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audience." - Kyle Young, Director, Country Music Hall of Fame
The museum is organized chronologically. You begin on the third floor and work your way down. This museum is handicapped accessible; there is an elevator. You begin with the roots of country music in the gospel tradition of the old South. What really astounds is that not only do you follow the evolution through the written word, but you also get to hear examples of the music being discussed. You walk into kiosks and can listen to examples of whatever is being shown in that particular area.
Between the kiosks, there are cases filled with musical instruments, memorabilia, and ephemera from all the elements that helped country music become what it is today. Meanwhile, there are videos running that you can stop and watch. I listened to Garth Brooks talking about the first time he performed with George Jones. He was just as star-struck as any of us would have been.
You need to allow 3 or more hours to truly appreciate everything that is offered here. Before you even leave the third floor, you will want to give Elvis’s solid-gold Cadillac a good looking over, sit down and watch an episode of the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, visit with the costumes from Hee Haw, and walk along the Gold Records Wall. Eight hundred fifty-four gold and platinum records, it starts on the third floor and goes down to the first. The albums are hung chronologically. Some of the albums open and you can listen to a song performed by the artist. I opened Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits, which sold 8 million copies, and listened to her plaintive voice.
On the second floor, you can immerse yourself in the R&B aspects of country music. You can sit and watch "Night Train to Nashville" or listen to Robert Knight singing "Everlasting Love." As you leave R&B, you will come to a wall of Dolly Parton magazine covers; in a nearby case, there is one of her dresses and a wig. There is a theater which shows The Star Experience with Tim McGraw. Don’t forget to make your own CD—you can select up to 12 songs and then pay at the museum store.
As you wind up the display section on this floor, you will pass through the current flock of country stars: Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, and Alan Jackson, among others. Your last stop on the second floor will be the Hall of Fame Rotunda. Every inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame is represented here. You can see their pictures, their bios, and the years they were elected. Were there any surprises? Well, yes there were. I never knew that the Everly Brothers and Roy Rogers had been inducted.
The cost of entry is $15 and you can get an audio tour. I have only one gripe about this museum. It was Saturday and there was only one person selling tickets. The line was insanely long. This didn’t make any sense to me, and actually, if I hadn’t wanted to see it so badly, I would have walked out. Come on, guys, you can do better than this.
Written by Carmen on 06 Jul, 2000
OK, if you're looking for something to eat when you're touring the Country Music Museum, you want it right then. You don't want to have to drive somewhere, or pay an outrageous amount for it.
The Hound Dog is a little food stand right down…Read More
OK, if you're looking for something to eat when you're touring the Country Music Museum, you want it right then. You don't want to have to drive somewhere, or pay an outrageous amount for it.
The Hound Dog is a little food stand right down the street, and at first glance, you think 'how cheesy.' But when you get there, you laugh at the name (they love Elvis in Nashville) but smell the food and love it.
The best thing to get is the lemonade. My mom and I went on 3 special trips back to The Hound Dog to just get the lemonade. It was sweet and sour and refreshing and just what we needed. The hot dogs are pretty good too. Close
Written by Vanilla Sugar on 21 Oct, 2008
The Civil Rights Museum: A Lesson in the Struggle Against Adversity and Surmounting ObstaclesRain soaked my feet as the water dripped from the hem of my purple plastic raincoat. Still I stood outside. The sky looked a gloomy gray and rain fell like tears from…Read More
The Civil Rights Museum: A Lesson in the Struggle Against Adversity and Surmounting ObstaclesRain soaked my feet as the water dripped from the hem of my purple plastic raincoat. Still I stood outside. The sky looked a gloomy gray and rain fell like tears from heaven. Before the afternoon would pass, I’d shed some tears to match the rainy day. The first sad tear mixed with the rain hitting my face when I looked up at the white carnation wreath. It hung over the balcony of what was once room 306 of the Lorraine Hotel on Street in Memphis, Tennessee. An assassin’s bullet killed the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. as he stood on that hotel balcony on April 4, 1968. He was a great man but just how great I never really knew until I visited the Civil Rights Museum. The Museum occupies this former hotel and has exhibits in the boarding house across the street, the place from where James Earl Ray fired his fatal shot. Bus loads of school children clustered by groups of matching red, purple, and green t-shirts and moved through the museum. We moved along with the kids for while, I did this longer than Ed because I wanted to see them react to the living history presented by a drama group special in the museum on this day. Harriet Tubman told of leading many to freedom through the underground railway. The students joined her in singing the woeful song "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", a song that brings streams of tears to my eyes. Eleanor Roosevelt talked about the controversy she stirred in Washington by advocating for civil rights. The students walked single file through a bus where a figure of Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. An actor pretended to be on the street outside the Montgomery city bus. As he told the student of this historic event, he injected his hope that no one would hurt "Dear Ms. Parks, a nice old lady" for not taking a seat in the back of the bus. How sad that this is a part of our country’s history. How sad that white people denied black people basic rights of freedom. "How sad," I heard Ashley say when she looked into the replica of Dr. King’s room of the Lorraine Hotel. Then, she read aloud, in the halting way kids do, Dr. King’s words…"I have been to the mountain top." "Yes, Ashley, how sad," I thought as a tear slipped away from me again.Raised in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and still a kid during much of the Civil Rights Movement, I didn’t experience the social unrest so prevalent in the South. I was isolated from discrimination or segregation in my private Catholic school. I finally I did learn about the struggle for civil rights many years later during my four-year consulting assignment at Prairie View A& M University. PVAMU is a HBCU –historically black college & university – a land grant school established by the State of Texas on what had been a Texas plantation. A historian once showed me the hanging tree used for disobedient salves. A former legislator once gave a lecture including her account of how a white shoe store owner forced her to leave his store when she had come to buy her children shoes. These experiences and now my visit to the Civil Rights Museum make it all so real.In the Museum, I saw the sign from an old Rest Room with arrows pointing left for Whites and right for Colored. I saw a white sheet fashioned into a hooded robe worn by members of the Klu Klux Klan. I saw an ad for the Lorraine Hotel on page 86 of the 1952 Travel Guide book subtitled "Vacation and Recreation without Humiliation." I watched a video of authorities in Birmingham, Alabama use ferocious dogs and fire hydrant forced water from hoses to halt a march. I saw an FBI map showing all the burned churches in Mississippi. I felt elation over the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. the Topeka School Board. I felt angry that a restaurant owner in Huntington, West Virginia on August 3, 1963 burned a cake of sulfur and turned on the heat to remove demonstrators. I felt inspired by Dr. King’s "I Have A Dream" speech delivered on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I felt satisfied that our country adopted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And, I felt anger at the assassin when I peered out the window of his boarding house bathroom at the wreath hanging on the balcony where Dr. King took his last breath. Close
Written by Traveling Jen on 01 Oct, 2008
Let me just say… I’m not a big Country Music fan. However, I still can appreciate good musical talent. On any given night, you can stroll down 2nd Street and Broadway Streets and find the music pouring out of countless bars, all live music. It’s…Read More
Let me just say… I’m not a big Country Music fan. However, I still can appreciate good musical talent. On any given night, you can stroll down 2nd Street and Broadway Streets and find the music pouring out of countless bars, all live music. It’s like shopping for your own entertainment, pick the one that sounds the best, and go in. Most of the bars/clubs don’t have a cover charge. The only one we went into that did have one was BB Kings (we got there early enough to avoid it though). If you’re a smoker, you’re sure to find a club that has great music and still allows smoking (completely up to the proprietor). As soon as the sun goes down, the neon lights go on. Just looking up and down the streets is awe inspiring. The scenery is so eclectic… the streets are lined with old buildings with so much character. All of them with route 66 style signs and decorated in their own unique way. Behind these clubs/bars are high rises & sky scrapers. It’s just mesmerizing. After a couple of drinks… walking around can be dangerous… I think I almost fell over a couple of times from looking up instead of at my feet. The best part of downtown Nashville, if you stay in a downtown hotel, all you have to do is walk to the clubs. Our hotel was only four blocks from downtown. Of course, it was always easier to walk to the club than the walk back to the hotel after a few drinks. On the sidewalks you’ll find life sized Elvis statues, guitars and other kinds of musical themed items as conversation pieces. You do come across the frequent homeless person. I was a bit surprised, seeing more homeless around downtown than I have in any other city I have ever visited. We didn’t get bothered by any of them. But, I still wouldn’t venture out alone at night. Just the same, on foot is the best way to get around downtown… as in most cities, parking is a pain in the but! All in all, I was pleasantly surprised. I had a great time, and felt that I saw & did so much in just a few days. Close