In Tennessee, there is a lot to do because 1. it is the home of rock and roll and 2. the center of the civil rights movement. When we first got to Tennessee, we went to Graceland, the home of the great legend Elvis Presley. It was truly breath-taking. We got there at around 10 and had a little hunt. First we went to the museums to see his cars, outfits, pictures, and most of his personal belongings. Then we had a tour of his mansion at 2 but since we had time before that tour, we had some ice cream. The lady was so nice, she gave us a free scoop of ice cream extra. I got chocolate ice cream and it was great for that time because it was so hot. Anyway, after we ate the ice cream, we went on the tour of Elvis Presley's mansion. It is really nice. There's so many things in there. The Presley family are buried there and open for the public to see too. After the tour, I went to get a chocolate milk shake from the ice cream palor again and since the lady remembered me from the last time, she gave me extra on the milk shake too. But overall, the whole tour took so long that we were there for about 5 hours. That was it for the day 6.
On day 7, we first had breakfast at the Cracker Barrel. To be honest, I didn't really like it; I think it's just because I had too much Southern food in the past 6 days so I didn't want it. The service there is great though. Everyone is super nice and it's just a great way to start the day with friendly people. After breakfast, we went to Sun Records and the Rock & Soul Studio in Memphis. At Sun Records, we got to see the studio where current bands like Maroon 5 still come to record after tour hours. At the Rock & Soul Studio, it was more of a self guided tour. After that, we went to the National Civil Rights Museum. OMG that took forever and it is even worse when you're hungry. We were all getting hungry so we literally just walked through everything like it was an amazing race (Hunter's English project). We walked to Double J Smokehouse & Saloon for lunch since it was nearby. I got the BBQ pizza and sweet iced tea. The pizza was really good but get the smaller one if you're ever there. The crust is not like the ones in California. After lunch, we went to our hotel until later at night. We headed to the city to check out Beale Street. It's not much but there are mostly restaurants and bars. It was getting late so we headed back to rest.
Day 8 was another day with a tour but it was raining. It wasn't the good kind though. Usually when it rains, it's cold and somewhat refreshing. In Tennessee, it's hot and it makes you feel sticky and it's just disgusting. We checked out Studio B in Nashville and it was just like the National Civil Rights Museum. We got out as fast as possible and when to eat lunch at Bajo Sexto, a restaurant next to the museum. I got the chicken quesadilla and it was alright. After that, we went to the hotel and back out for some thai food. I was loving the thai food because I needed something different from all the Southern food. After dinner, we headed back to hotel.
On day 9, we had breakfast at Yeast Nation, a local bakery and I had a blueberry muffin. Then we went to the Ryman Auditorium and it is just beautiful. We got to see backstage and the dressing room where famous performers used to be in to prep for the show. Then we went to Yummy Thai: Asian Kitchen which let me tell you, was not as yummy as you think it will be. Also, NEVER GET BOBA FROM THERE IT TASTE LIKE GRIND BOBA PUT BACK TOGETHER. Anyway just don't get boba there. After that, we went to the Jack Daniel Distillery where I smelled so whiskey. I don't know why but it smelled like bread, apples, and fried banana to me. Then my dad told me that's what rum smells like. It was really hot during the tour but it was interesting. Also I got some great lemonade. Then we headed to Alabama.
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