September 17 – 23
The people of Tennessee really know how to have fun. I know this from the great party and play towns that have been created. We spent time in 3 towns over a week and can see how much having a good time means to the people here and who come here.
First of all Nashville. Now we only spent a day here and it was good it was a Saturday. The place to be is in the Golden Mile where the bars, restaurants and shops are laid out one after the other. If you like bars with busty barmaids and load music then this is the place for you.
Here you can get both kinds of music, country and western. For a few hundred dollars (or more) you can also get a great pair of cowboy boots to go along with your short denim shorts. And when a football game is on you can get yourself a $5 Eggs and Kegs breakfast with a free ride to the game.
The biggest thing in Nashville this day was Taylor Swift doing a concert at the music hall. Six semi trailers were out on the street promoting the show and her cosmetic contract. The area outside the hall was covered with radio station exhibition tents doing all sorts of prize promotions. I’ve never seen anything like it.
I must say we didn’t do Nashville justice and missed out on seeing so many things. To take away any guilt feelings we did drive past the Grand Old Opry so we could say we had seen it.
The towns that we were not expecting were just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These are Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and are absolutely fantastic family holiday destinations. They help make this Park the most visited in the country.
Here you get the works from go karts, mini golf, zip lines, water rafting, dinner music theatre, magic shows, movie car museum, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and much, much more. And ladies, while the hubby is playing games with the children you can shop all day at all the outlet stores.
Oh, and did I mention the Titanic, and chair lift and tramway which takes you to a completely independent group of activities on top of the mountain? And also an indoor sky diving tunnel which has you being held off the ground by a 120mph wind machine. I did this by the way and enjoyed all 3 minutes that my $32 paid for.
I’m not sure how all this came about but I’m sure Dolly Parton has something to do with it. She was born in these parts and has the Dollyworld amusement park just out of town. The thing is to work out what came first.
The trick in these towns is not to do any activity without getting half a dozen discount books. If you pay full price here you need your head read. Even for dinner you can get discounts at the cheap all you can eat restaurants.
So be warned. If you have kids or are a big kid at heart get yourself to Tennessee and check out these party towns. You won’t be disappointed.