Hi, 4 females, mid 30's road tripping south from Chicago to Nashville, New Orleans etc. We will be there mid June through to mid July. Road trip penned for about a fortnight as doing New York, Vegas, San Fran before and after the southern road trip.
Can anyone suggest Must See items. Not necessarily the touristy stuff but places and activities that get us involved with the locals. Tha
June and July in Kentuckyand Tennessee will give you very warm and muggy weather and beautiful farmland for miles and miles One way to mix with the locals is to find any local festivals and visit them. Louisville& Lexington have lots of these. Visit Kentucky Horse Park, Keeneland Race TrackBardstown (take the distillery tour and see the Stephen Foster Story ) https://www.everfest.com/kentucky is a link to some of these; just scroll around til you get to the month you will be there. If you like to travel off the interstate, you can find yourself on great country roads just about anywhere. Pinterest will have lots of boards on KY and TN.
As long as you are going to be there, don't miss one of the 7 Wonders of the World Mammoth Cave National Park almost exactly halfway between Louisvilleand Nashville. It is the world's longest cave (approx 425 miles mapped) and it is lovely there in the summer. Several tours are available, and the little towns which surround the park have some nice examples of late 19th and early 20th century architecture. Further down this page is another article about #Nashvilleand Memphiswith lots of stuff to do.
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Ken, Nashville definitely has some must-eat restaurants that you will want to check out: Biscuit Love, Chauhan Masala House and Acme Feed and Seed to name a few. The Gulch is a great area that is attractive to locals and tourists (also, home to Biscuit Love). Any chance you have to catch a show at the Ryman Auditorium you will want to take. July 4 in Nashville is pretty amazing as well, so you might want to plan to be in Tennessee for the holiday. It is definitely an event that locals enjoy. While Nashville has a thriving tourist industry most of the attractions are also enjoyed by locals, so its hard to isolate locals-only type events. Check out www.nashvilledowntown.com for more information on all there is to do in downtown Nashville.