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Old 03-08-2018, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What to see/do in Roanoke and Nashville

Yes, random towns We're driving back east for the Ultra4 race in PA in April. Have a couple of planned stops and then I'd like to stop on Roanoke to go to Black Dog Salvage and then we're going to head to Nashville. Arrive in both towns in the evening, stay the night, spend the entire next day there and leave the next morning.

Do I really want to go to the Grand Ole Opry? Johnny Cash Museum? Do I just want to shop and eat myself into a tizzy? Neither of us have been to either towns. Place to eat are also appreciated.
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What to see/do in Roanoke and Nashville

Been a few years since I lived in that area, but downtown Roanoke had some cool bars and restaurants. I don’t really remember the names off hand though.

Edit: You can get on the Blue Ridge Parkway around Roanoke. It’s a pretty cool drive.


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Yes, random towns We're driving back east for the Ultra4 race in PA in April. Have a couple of planned stops and then I'd like to stop on Roanoke to go to Black Dog Salvage and then we're going to head to Nashville. Arrive in both towns in the evening, stay the night, spend the entire next day there and leave the next morning.

Do I really want to go to the Grand Ole Opry? Johnny Cash Museum? Do I just want to shop and eat myself into a tizzy? Neither of us have been to either towns. Place to eat are also appreciated.
When you're driving from Pa. to Roanoke you can take the route that uses this.

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If you are into car, plane and railroad stuff the Virginia Museum of Transportation is worth a look.
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If you like Johnny Cash, yes, its worth it. So is the CM hall of Fame. I didn't like the Opry at all.
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Antique Archaeology (American Pickers show) has a shop in Nashville that is pretty cool. Lots of bars and restaurants in the area also. For dinner, go here ----------> Skull's Rainbow Room - Skull's Rainbow Room

The food is the best I have had in Tennessee, and they have a burlesque show also. It's a really good time, but make reservations and ask for seating near the stage.
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What are the dates you will be in Nashville?

nashvillescene.com has a nice event listing
https://local.nashvillescene.com/tag...-do-categories

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what days of week will you be in Nashville? Want high-end-hipster attractions or "real world folk" attractions? Music? Drink?

Details are helpful.
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Do I really want to go to the Johnny Cash Museum?
Fuck No, and you'll realize that within 60 seconds of walking in. I think it's like $20 a head to go in, and see dusty old cowboy outfits and drink a beer in a Cash themed bar.



Also, parking is ridiculously expensive in Nashville. The price goes up a buck or so every 3-4 blocks as you get closer to the tourist district.

The bar scene in old downtown is very cool though. Not to be missed.
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Fer Realz? $20 a head? Oh, and another $20, if ya wanna see Patsy Cline's crap.



I walked in with a group of 3. Ain't no way I'm spending $60, let alone $120, to see a bunch of memorabilia.

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Also, parking is ridiculously expensive in Nashville. The price goes up a buck or so every 3-4 blocks as you get closer to the tourist district.

The bar scene in old downtown is very cool though. Not to be missed.
That makes two things you've been correct about in your time here on PBB.

Parking ranges from $8/day to $7/hour (yes, $7/hour) even within a couple of blocks of each other.
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There are brisket quesadillas at Broadway Brewhouse on the strip in Nashville. So fucking tasty.
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Fuck No, and you'll realize that within 60 seconds of walking in. I think it's like $20 a head to go in, and see dusty old cowboy outfits and drink a beer in a Cash themed bar.



Also, parking is ridiculously expensive in Nashville. The price goes up a buck or so every 3-4 blocks as you get closer to the tourist district.

The bar scene in old downtown is very cool though. Not to be missed.
Best to just park where you're staying and Uber. Especially if you're boozing. Hell I've lived here 30+ years and never been to the Cash Museum. What about Cheekwood? Details would help.

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X2 on old downtown. When I was there, Tootsies was the place to visit, B.B. King had a blues bar within walking distance, great music.

This Hotel had a river running through the lobby/mall area...
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There is a Pinball museum in Center in the Square in Roanoke- it is a lot of fun and you can play all day with one entrance fee.

Cornbeef and Company is right across the street and has some good food. There are also a lot of good local restaurants within walking distance. Center in the Square has a parking deck and you can just walk around from there.

I agree with the Transportation Museum. My kids love it and there is a lot of cool stuff to see inside.

You could drive on the Parkway, but it is 45 mph for most of it and will take a long time to get anywhere. Cops also patrol it and love to catch speeders. I drove it from Roanoke back to Lynchburg/Big Island and it took me what seemed like about 2.5 hours. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful drive, but since I live about 15 minutes from it, I have driven most of it throughout Virginia during my lifetime.
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what days of week will you be in Nashville? Want high-end-hipster attractions or "real world folk" attractions? Music? Drink?

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We're going to get there Thursday late afternoon/evening. Spend Friday there and leave for home on Saturday am. We're probably a mix of high end hipster attractions(me) and real world folk attractions(Robert). I tend to want to see the fancy shit and he just humors me as long as I feed him
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X2 on old downtown. When I was there, Tootsies was the place to visit, B.B. King had a blues bar within walking distance, great music.

This Hotel had a river running through the lobby/mall area...
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What area is actually considered old downtown. Looking at things on the map, it's confusing as fuck
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What area is actually considered old downtown. Looking at things on the map, it's confusing as fuck
Just head to the corner of Second and Broad. You'll see when you get there.
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In Nashville, there is an "odd car" musium. It has whole bunch cool vehicals like three wheel cars, amphibious cars and millitary stuff and one wheel motorcycles. Worth seeing if your into that stuff. (Like me)

I think it's on the east side.
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We're going to get there Thursday late afternoon/evening. Spend Friday there and leave for home on Saturday am. We're probably a mix of high end hipster attractions(me) and real world folk attractions(Robert). I tend to want to see the fancy shit and he just humors me as long as I feed him
Thursday or Friday night - I'd hit Tootsies and Roberts Western World. If the Don Kelly band is playing (house band) @ Roberts, they are very worth the time. Fantastic band.

If you're willing to drive, hit Jack Daniels (90 minutes south). Otherwise, there are a number of small breweries downtown that are cool.

I'd also consider hitting up Opryland hotel for the atriums and dinner - it's cool.

Hipster stuff - anything in 12 South.
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If you are into car, plane and railroad stuff the Virginia Museum of Transportation is worth a look.
i agree. it was a fun place to go.
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When you're driving from Pa. to Roanoke you can take the route that uses this.

Why the fuck would you go that far east to get to Roanoke? It's almost a straight shot down I-81.
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Holy crap is lodging expensive there! I thought we would stay close to downtown to make it easier, but then saw the prices of downtown.
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Holy crap is lodging expensive there! I thought we would stay close to downtown to make it easier, but then saw the prices of downtown.
Re: Nashville

Look at vrbo's.

Parking for downtown isn't bad, just park at Nissan stadium as long as it isn't game day and it's free. Then walk across the bride to Broadway.

Lane motor museum is awesome if you are interested in weird cars.

Im actually in Nashville now.
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