Hoover Dam

I’ve been to Las Vegas several times and Hoover Dam is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit, but never took the drive out to explore. It’s on the border of Las Vegas and Nevada. It’s a fascinating part of American history. When you visit, you realize the intelligence and manpower it took to create something so massive.

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Death Valley National Park

While driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, we took a detour and explored Death Valley National Park. It’s only a couple hours off the interstate and worth the trip! It was unexpectedly AMAZING. The landscape is severe, but captivating. We stopped at Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, and it leads to the salt flats. It was a cool day, right after a few days of rain and flooding, and there was very slight signs of life in bushes that were turning green momentarily. Death Valley…the place where nothing lives. I certainly wouldn’t want to visit when temperatures reach 120 degrees, but it was surprisingly an inspiring place…need more time to explore!

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Tour of Nashville

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I’ve always heard rave reviews about Nashville, but never took the time to visit as an adult. As a child, I remember going to the Opryland Amusement park and was sad when I heard it was torn down for an outlet mall.  After celebrating New Year Eve’s in Michigan, we drove through Indiana, Kentucky and stopped overnight in Nashville.  The Opryland Hotel was gorgeous, with a ton of restaurants, gardens, swimming pool, shopping. After breakfast at Biscuit Love  (good food and great customer service) we took an Old Town Trolley Tour to get an overview of the city. If your time is limited in the city, I would really recommend it since it hits all the hot spots and you can decide where you want to explore.The vibe of the city was cool and I’d love to go back and visit again.