Everyone loves a road trip and it’s this time of year that we always have a little itch to get in the car and drive to a new city, a loved city or just go back home to see the folks. It could be the beautiful colors of fall or the long month since the last three day weekend but regardless of the reason, sometimes you just need an open road, a great music mix and a destination a few hours away.
One of the best parts of living in Nashville is its’ proximity to other amazing cities in nearby regions. Below is a short list of our three favorite road trip worthy destinations:
- New Orleans, LA
The history, the culture, the food; there’s a sort of romance that lives in the Parisian inspired ambiance of New Orleans. Any museum regular will tell you how amazing the Civil War Museum is but make sure to find the offbeat places like the Voodoo Museum and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Eat at the Commander’s Palace and enjoy beignets at the Café Du Monde. Wander the markets in the French Quarter and drink a bottle of wine at The Fly. And then, of course, there is the nightlife. We all know Bourbon Street but any local will tell you the best music can be found on Frenchman Street. Don’t skip Café Negril, the Jamaican themed watering hole has some of the best percussion sections in the city.
Drive time: 8 hours
- Atlanta, GA
Oh Atlanta, the antithesis to our little southern community. Filled with big, booming clubs and even bigger personalities, Atlanta is the perfect escape for someone looking for easy access big city action. Thrift shop in Little Five Points, eat at any one of the Buckhead Life restaurants (we prefer The Fish Market), take in a Braves game and then head over to cheer for the Falcons. For those looking for fun a little more offbeat, we recommend The Earl in East Atlanta Village, host to some of the best national and underground musicians in the country. Music fans will also want to look in to catching a show at Chastain Park, where new and old rockers favor and the Atlanta Symphony often sets up for special shows.
Drive time: 4 hours
- Asheville, NC
Foodies, music aficionados and nature lovers are all flocking to Asheville to soak in the site, the sounds and the suds. Asheville is home to a burgeoning craft beer scene with headlines constantly heralding the home grown breweries set back in the small mountain community. The local fare focuses on the farm-to-table culture so pre-eminent in the national spectrum right now. And then, the music. Home town of The Avett Brothers and countless bluegrass musicians, Asheville plays host to a myriad of festivals and big name super jams, including Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, which always features boldface names such as OAR, Michael Franti and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Drive Time: 5 hours
Honorable mentions: Gulf Shores, AL (8 hours), St. Louis, MO (5 hours) and Columbus, OH (6 hours)Tags: alabama, asheville, beach, car, chastain, clear headed, drive, driving, drove, fall, goal, gulf shores, ipod, louisiana, missouri, mix, music, Nashville, new orleans, north carolina, pavement, relax, road, road trip, st. louis, sunset, tennessee, tourism