Vacation Recap – Nashville pt. 2

Last week I started telling you about our Nashville vacation for my golden birthday. I turned 25 on the 25th of June. We had such a blast and I wanted to continue to share my tips and places we went to. If you didn’t read part 1, please check it out here.

Nashville Vacation – Day 2 – June 25

Last week I told you how we started my birthday. We went to Acme Feed and Seed for lunch, took Bird scooters around the city, and jumped in the pool at the hotel to cool off.

Luigi’s City Pizza

Nashville vacation - Luigi's City Pizza menu with a Bold Rock Apple Cider
Luigi’s City Pizza Menu while enjoying a Bold Rock Cider

Cameron remembered that I had mentioned eating pizza earlier in the day so he found this pizza spot right off of Broadway. When we walked up, it instantly reminded me of your typical pizza joint in New York. It was dark and you didn’t really know if it was actually a pizza joint until you walked in and see all of the memorabilia on the walls. Instantly reminding me of going to a pizza joint with my grandparents in New York.

Dark interiors reminded me of a typical pizza joint in New York - Luigi's City Pizza
The interior of Luigi’s reminded me of a New York pizza shop

We ordered a classic cheese and a Luigi’s City Special to-go. Both of the pizzas were about 12 inch personal pizzas and they were easily the best pizza that I had outside of New York City. The crust was thin and crispy and the sauce and cheese were not too sweet or salty. You can tell this was the best of the best.

After getting our pizzas, we took them back to the hotel to eat while we got ready for the evening out.

AJ’s Good Time Bar

View from our table from the third floor of AJ's Good Time Bar
View from our third story table at AJ’s Good Time Bar

While at Luigi’s, our bartender gave us some advice for good places to visit if we liked true country music. Cam absolutely loves his country music, but it’s still growing on me. She told us to go to AJ’s, Roberts, and Layla’s. This made our night extra easy as she did all of the mapping out for us.

Our first stop was AJ’s Good Time Bar. We went up to the rooftop again to overlook the street and there was the least amount of people up there. The live musician of the evening was awesome! He sang beautifully and even played our requests! After listening to a few songs, we decided to keep it moving to the next place.

Robert’s Western World

Our next stop was Robert’s Western World. This is the undisputed home of Traditional Country Music. This place was everything I needed to be officially sold on country music. The band was awesome and they even gave me a shout-out for my birthday!

Above the bar at Robert's Western World was a wall of dollar bills. I thought this was so neat.
Above the bar at Robert’s Western World was a wall of dollar bills. I thought this was so neat.

If you’re looking for hangover food, this is your spot! We easily had the best grilled cheese sandwich of our entire lives here. The grilled cheese was made with thick slices of Texas toast and lots of cheese and butter. Usually, I don’t like thick grilled cheeses because it’s too much bread, but this was perfect. They pressed it down enough so that the bread was crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside from all the cheese. It’s making me salivate just thinking about it!

Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar

Next, we went to Jason Aldean’s. We went here because my brother is a huge fan of country music so I tried to go into as many of the Country artists’ places as I could to show my brother.

Nashville vacation - band playing on the second floor of Jason Aldean's
Band on the Second Floor

This place has “four levels of good times, southern food with a flare and live entertainment designed to make each visitor a part of Aldean Army.” The main level is the restaurant which holds a bar with a 1961 4020 John Deer tractor. It’s a tribute to Jason Aldean’s number one song ‘Big Green Tractor.’

The second level is the merchandise area and multiple couch settings, TV’s, and a private bar.

The rooftop is the place to go! Jason Aldean’s hosts the largest rooftop on of Broadway. The music is loud, trendy, and sure to get you moving. This is the perfect place for a party. We enjoyed the last few minutes of my birthday here. Once again, we got great views of Broadway from the roof.

Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink

Black truck hanging from the ceiling at Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink
I would be scared to play with a truck hanging from the ceiling!

This was the perfect place for modern country. The band was awesome! They played all of Cam’s requests and they were super personable. The lead singer even came off the stage to sing with some fans. This place was chill and very welcoming.

Nashville Vacation Day 3 – June 26

Last, and certainly not least, we ended our night at Luke Bryan’s restaurant and bar. This place has 6 floors and 2 restaurants!

Last day on our Nashville vacation and it definitely didn’t disappoint! After we got out of bed, we hit the road back to Atlanta. Cam was secretly planning to stop at Ruby Falls when we passed through Chattanooga, TN. When we pulled up to the entrance I was so shocked and so excited!

Nashville Vacation – Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls is the nation’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall. It was discovered in 1928 by Leo Lambert. The falls were named after Lambert’s wife Ruby.

At first, I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was just a walking trail until you get to the falls. Boy, was I wrong!

View of Chattanooga. TN from the top of the Lookout Mountain Tower
View of Chattanooga, TN from the top of the Lookout Mountain Tower

After purchasing out tour tickets, we went straight to the Lookout Mountain Tower and climbed to the top to enjoy excellent views of Chattanooga, TN just below us.

We continued to where we were to join the line to get on the elevator to the caverns. We got on the elevator and took our plunge into the caverns.

Into the Caverns

This room was called the Hall of Dreams. It features Stalactites and capillary tubes from the ceiling.
The room is filled with Stalactites.

Our tour guide, Colton, was super knowledgeable and had a cute, super heavy, southern accent. Our tour consisted of a few families just passing through Chattanooga from Florida.

Cam and I decided to be the last two in our group and Cam was given the task of being the caboose. Every time our tour guide called back to us, he was to respond loud and proud to ensure that the entire group had stayed together.

We followed our guide into the caverns and learned about the the history of the cavern, how it was found, and he pointed out the different rock formations along the way.

It’s truly amazing to see nature do what it is supposed to do. I won’t post too many pictures as I want you to go and see them all for yourself.

The Falls

Colton warned us that that we should not drink the water of the falls because of the insane amounts of magnesium it contained, nor should we try to touch the water. He also told us that our time in the “falls room” was limited and that once the lights turned off he was not able to turn them back on.

The beautiful Ruby Falls lit up by the lights in the underground cave.
The beautiful Ruby Falls lit up by the lights in the underground cave.

The lights were turned on once everyone in our tour was completely in the room.

As soon as the lights turned on, it was literally a “Come to Jesus” moment. It was truly awe-inspiring to see this natural wonder right in front of us. No words can do it justice, so you should just go and check it out for yourself.

After the lights turned off, we formed our line and made the trek back to the elevator. We got a chance to take our last pictures of things we may have missed along the way and made our way in three groups up the elevator.

If you are looking for a fun way to explore and stay out of the sun, this is the tour for you! It is completely underground! As we got closer to the falls, the cavern got a little chilly, so if you’re prone to being cold, I recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket.

One of the coolest things to experience was after seeing the falls and walking back to the elevator listening to the cavern getting super quiet and almost eerie. They have lantern tours at night every Friday and I bet it would be super eerie and scary to do that.

Nashville Vacation – Notes

A few notes that I have from this trip would be to book your cavern tour ahead of time if you’re planning on going during a busy day like a weekend. You can book these online, here.

We didn’t do the Zipline Adventure that they had on property. I would like to maybe do it next time we’re there.

My biggest takeaway is to talk to the locals! They know the areas to avoid and where to go. Our bartender at Luigi’s really helped us “plan” our second night out and our Uber driver, Tracy, set the positive tone for our first night.

If you have any questions about anything we did on our Nashville vacation, please let me know in the comments or send me a message on social media. We had such a great time and it was an awesome way of kicking off my next trip around the sun!

(10) Comments

  1. The falls look awesome. I’ve heard of them but never experienced them. For sure a “you have to be there” moment to really get the feeling. And, again, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY (trip) !

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      I think you’d absolutely love the falls! They are the coolest (literally, because it’s underground) thing to experience. Thanks again!

  2. Happy Birthday (belated)! It looks like you had an awesome time. The caverns and The Fall look amazing.

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you! 💕 we had a great time! It was definitely a great way to get out of the hot summer sun!

  3. Nashville is on my short list of places I NEED to go in the next year. My sister lives about an hour from there, so it’s definitely doable!

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      It’s a great city! We loved our time there! You should definitely try to make it there soon. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday! It looks like you lived in the moment and had a blast.

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      Thank you! We had a great time! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. Tiffany Bearden says:

    Headed to Nashville for 4 days on Thursday. Bartenders are awesome. It was really nice that he/she gave you places to go and directions. And I absolutely love wildlife and nature so the Cavern and Falls would definitely be go to spots for me!!! Thanks for sharing. The pictures are amazing!

    1. Jackie Espada says:

      She was a great bartender! All of the bartenders we had were great. Have a great time! You’ll absolutely love it! Ruby Falls definitely doesn’t disappoint and it’s a great way to get out of the summer heat! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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