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Old 04-25-2016, 01:48 PM
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We've coming over from the UK in September (group of adults mostly in 20s) and are road tripping around the South. We have a day where we are driving from Memphis to Nashville. Are there any 'must see' things on route? Places to stop? Quirky sites? Nice detour drives? etc. We like history, movies, country, fun so we are open to any suggestions. Also any good eating spots? All suggestions would be welcomed. We do have a separate day in both Memphis and Nashville.

Thank you
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:50 PM
Location: Seattle
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Loretta Lynn's ranch could be cool.
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:09 PM
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Thank you
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:58 PM
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If you like nature/bird watching, the Hatchie Nat'l Wildlife Refuge is pretty neat

You could also get off at exit 56 and take SR 76 south to Somerville, which has a charming town square with some neat old homes near it, and then take US 64 into Memphis
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Old 04-26-2016, 03:20 AM
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The Casey Jones Museum is in Jackson, TN. Jackson is between Memphis and Nashville (but closer to Memphis) along I-40. It's not a large museum, but it would be something you could do for a couple hours that isn't well publicized or known about. It will give you a sense of late 1800s/early 1900s Americana and the railroad industry at that time. There's a restaurant on site that has a southern buffet that I have been to several times.
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Old 04-26-2016, 04:19 AM
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That's great, thank you guys
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:53 AM
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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I've only been to Memphis by I-40 from Nashville. I have will, one of these days, use a highway just to see the things you miss. I have taken Highway 64 from Chattanooga to Memphis, interesting.
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Old 04-26-2016, 12:01 PM
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When I lived in Memphis and would drive back to East Tennessee I would take Hwy 100 instead of I-40. The drive on I-40 between Memphis and Nashville is b-o-r-i-n-g. Hwy 100 is at least very scenic although it takes a lot longer to go that route instead of the interstate. At Henderson, I'd go north a few miles to Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park which contains at least 15 prehistoric Native American burial mounds.

Then at Centerville I'd take hwy 50 to Duck River where I'd then get on the Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace will drop you off back on Hwy 100 which will then take you into Nashville via Belle Meade. Or, if you want to get back on the interstate earlier, turn left onto Old Hickory Blvd (Hwy 251) at Edwin Warner Park which will zoom you back to I-40.

This would be pretty much an all-day excursion, but it's what I would do. Hwy 100 and the Natchez Trace pass through some really quaint little towns and some beautiful scenery.

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Old 04-26-2016, 02:54 PM
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I had an alternate idea, but JMT's idea is better. I can confirm that I-40 from Memphis to Nashville is quite boring. When traveling for work we always have at least 2 people, so I try and schedule it so someone else is driving that leg and I take a nap.

Or, spend 1.5 days exploring Mississippi then just zip up I-40 to Nashville in a few hours
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:45 PM
Location: On the plateau, TN
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Where Hwy 100 and the Natchez Trace ends/starts is the Loveless Café ....


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