Road Trip to Nashville, TN

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We are on a road trip to Nashville, TN.

From Dallas to Nashville, TN – this family is on a road trip that is making me want to pull my hair out.  This past weekend, we loaded up the Enclave and headed 12 hours northeast to Music City to visit my sister-in-law and family.

Family Travels to Nashville on a Road Trip

While our family LOVES road tripping, we have managed to keep our adventures with 4 kids relatively short. Typically it’s just our 3 hourish drive to Austin – so multiplying that by 4 was quite the headache.

Family Travel

We don’t tell our kids much. So as we were packing the SUV, the question inevitably came up…..  “Where are we going?” “Austin“. Yes, I fibbed to my children and told them we were going to see Grandma, but I had good reason!  

They miss their cousins in Nashville dearly and we wanted to surprise them.  Little did we know that our daughter would be tracking our trip via her iPod Touch in the backseat (ARGH should of turned off the hot spot!).

As we approached Texarkana she notified us we were going the wrong way.   We then were informed that the state on the signs was shaped like Arkansas not Texas.  As time went on, she grew more and more frustrated.  

We finally spilled the beans when we crossed over the Mississippi river into Memphis, TN.

Cozy Corner BBQ in Memphis, TN

Road Trip to Nashville, TN

Our road trip from Dallas to Nashville included 8 stops. 2 of which we filled up for gas. 4 bathroom breaks and 2 times to eat. This would be why the 650 mile trip took 12 hours.

Since our toddlers just DO NOT do good in hotel rooms, we decided it would be best to just suck it up and drive straight.

Memphis BBQ

On the way to Nashville, passing thru Memphis, TN we knew we had to get BBQ.  One of our favorite things to do while road tripping is finding hole-in-the-wall diners featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

Here is the best place I found to search for Triple D restaurants.  Our Memphis BBQ find was Cozy Corners Cafe.  Check out our visit to Cozy Corners Cafe and what we thought about this Memphis, TN classic.

Nashville Tourist Sites

Here are a few of the family-friendly Nashville tourist sites we took during our vacation.

Central Park and the Parthenon

We took the kids out for some sun and enjoyed Nashville’s Centennial Park. This park is home to the full-scale replica of the Parthenon from Athens, Greece. It’s a great spot for picnics and leisurely walks.

Opryland Hotel

Even if you’re not staying here, the Opryland hotel resort’s lavish indoor gardens and waterways make for a fantastic exploration spot.

We enjoyed a boat ride and other family friendly activites that the kids loved. There was plenty of room for the toddler’s to run around and play, which was an added bonus.

Loveless Cafe

Hands down, our family’s favorite Nashville restaurant is the Loveless Cafe. This Nashville staple, is famous for its Southern cooking and homemade biscuits. A meal here is a delightful experience for the whole family, offering a taste of true Southern hospitality.

Don’t forget to pick up some of Loveless Cafe’s peach jelly! It makes the perfect Nashville vacation souvenir.

There was so much more I wanted to do as a family, but y’all kids be crazy.