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From Memphis to Nashville: A day trip - or not

If you live in the Memphis metropolitan area, a day trip to Nashville and back home is certainly possible, but if you want to see the sights, hear the sounds and join the activities, you need to make it a two or three day trip; there is much to see!

Little Jimmy Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry
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The distance between the two cities is a little over 200 miles, but Interstate 40 is a direct connection, and if you drive straight through, you can make it in three and a half hours, but there are many attractions along I-40 that you would miss if you drive straight through. One of these is the Casey Jones Museum in Jackson, Tennessee, which tells the true story of the famous train engineer who gave his own life to save his passengers. The museum is in an 8,000-square-foot building modeled after an 1890's train depot. Jackson was also the home of the legendary Carl Perkins of "Rockabilly" fame, and there is a Rockabilly Festival there each August in honor of Carl.

Further east, just off I-40 at Hurricane Mills is the Loretta Lynn Ranch, which has special events throughout the year. You can also tour Loretta’s Plantation Home, Butcher Holler Home Place, simulated coal mine, museums, gift shops, western store and so much more. This stop could take a full day by itself, and if that's not enough time, there is an RV park and primitive camping available on the property. For more information, click on Loretta Lynn Ranch.

There are quite a few more attractions between Memphis and Nashville, but since this article is about Nashville, watch the video to see 10 of the best destinations in Nashville.

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Until we meet again on these pages, "We will let the world turn onto our next destination."

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