Road trip consisted of: Little Rock (Arkansas), Tunica (Mississippi), Memphis and Nashville (Tennessee).
A little bit about traveling during the holidays- I spent Christmas Eve in Little Rock, Christmas in Tunica and NYE in Nashville. I will say that traveling during the holidays can be a bit tough as a lot of attractions and restaurants are close. However, Little Rock does keep mainly everything open until 6pm on Christmas Eve and they do stop serving alcohol at midnight until the day after Christmas. I decided to do Tunica for Christmas because Casinos operate 24 hours a day. Nashville during NYE is a huge celebration and they do have a guitar drop since it is known as Music City.
I must say that my day consisted of being out and about all day. I walked an average of 15,000 steps a day! But it was an experience of a lifetime! Below is a few things that I did at each city:
Little Rock, AK- Leaning about how little rock got their name, doing a private distillery tour as well as a comedy show.
Tunica- Visited different casinos
Memphis- Attending a college basketball game at the Fedex Forum. Doing a behind the scene tours on how Gibson makes their guitars. As well as going to the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King got shot and the National Civil Rights Museum. I even got to see 5 ducks walk the red carpet into an elevator.
Nashville- Went to a vineyard and had a private tour on how they make their wines, attended WWE and the Music City Bowl and visited the Parthenon.
I must say I completely underestimate Little Rock as everyone says there is nothing to do. However, you can’t have an opinion when you have never been there. I decided to tune everyone out and planned my visit. On the other hand, I heard great things about Memphis but I did not like Memphis at all. It has great attractions but the city itself, is not for me. I couldn’t even sleep at night because there were sirens all night long. Memphis was a city where it was great to experience it for myself, but I wouldn’t go back. In regards to Tunica, if you do not gamble this town is not for you! There is absolutely nothing to do except Resorts & Casinos. But if you do gamble, you will have a blast! Lastly, Nashville was absolutely amazing and fun.
My top recommendations for each city:
Little Rock Must Do:
-La Petite Roche Plaza
-Clinton Presidential Center
-Rock Town Distillery
-Diamond Bear Brewing
-Loony Bin Comedy Club
Restaurant recommendation: Stickyz
-Gold Strike Casino
-Tunica Roadhouse (I only recommend their suites not their gambling)
Restaurant recommendation: Jack Binion’s
-National Civil Rights Museum
-Gibson Guitar Factory
-Rock N’ Soul Museum
-Peabody Hotel Ducks
Restaurant recommendations: Blue Plate Café, Central BBQ and Rendezvous (I rather Central BBQ than Rendezvous)
Nashville Must Do:
-Country Music Hall of Fame
-Belle Meade Plantation
Restaurant recommendations: Hattie B’s, Fulins, Demo’s, Biscuit Love, Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar. (Hattie B’s & Biscuit Love have a line that may have you waiting for up to 45 minutes BUT IT IS WORTH IT. Fulins has the best sushi I’ve ever had and Bourbon Street has an amazing environment and food)
If you ever need help planning a road trip send me a message and I will gladly help! Make 2017 a travel year!