Your Guide to the Best of Nashville

It's way more than country music

Nashville, where hundreds of country music stars have gotten their start—Dolly Parton and Blake Shelton among them—has consistently drawn people looking for a place to catch great live music while tossing back a few (or more) beers at a local honky-tonk. But ignore its other charms and attractions you'll be sorely missing out. This almost 250-year-old city boasts a full-scale replica of the Parthenon (complete with a 42-foot-tall statue of Athena), dozens of great hiking trails, a blossoming foodie culture, and more. Flights to Nashville International Airport are cheaper than ever—there's really no excuse not to take a weekend jaunt to the capital of Tennessee.

Best spots for live music

While known for its country music, Nashville also has a flourishing jazz and bluegrass scene. Dozens of bars offer live music nightly, and if you head downtown to Broadway on a weekend night you can't throw a stick without hitting a honky-tonk with a crooning musician inside. If you're looking for live jazz, you can't beat Rudy's Jazz Room, where you can nosh on creole and New Orleans-style fare while talented jazz musicians do their thing in an intimate, New York-influenced environment.

Country music fans should make a beeline to Legend's Corner, a self-proclaimed honky-tonk saloon located smack in the middle of Broadway. The walls are covered in country music records and it has almost non-stop live music from 10am to past midnight on weekends.

If you can't decide on a genre, check out Layla's, another proudly self-proclaimed honky-tonk. Musicians there play anything from country to rockabilly to bluegrass. You never know what to expect when you step inside its well-worn interior. With two bars, there's no need to worry about being jammed next to others like sardines in a tin. No matter where you sit you'll be able to hear the live music loud and clear, so stake out a stool and enjoy the ride.

BBQ that'll make you drool

The first thing you should know about barbecue in the south is that it is a very serious endeavor. Pride and heritage are essentially baked in, and people have staunch opinions on which style is the best.

While not universally revered, it's hard to argue with the lip-smacking appeal of the whole hog barbecue. And in Nashville, no one does it better than Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint. Pull up a chair at Martin's and you'll enjoy the spoils of over 25 years of accumulated barbecue wisdom, techniques, and experiments from franchise owner Pat Martin.

Everything from sides to sauces are made from scratch every day starting at 5am, but the smoking process begins the day before. If pork's not your favorite protein, they also serve up a mean smoked turkey or chicken, brisket, catfish, and sausage in a variety of ways. Try a Redneck Taco (your choice of BBQ on top of house-made hoecake and slaw), a Full Slab of Ribs (wet or dry rubbed), or fiendishly delicious chicken wings with a side of Devil's Nectar dipping sauce.

One thing is for sure: you haven't tasted Nashville until you've tried a piece of hot chicken from Hattie's. Hot chicken is essentially fried chicken with a kick, but for some reason it tastes better in Nashville than any other place in the south.

Take in some history

The Action-Jackson manor

If the only thing you know about Andrew Jackson is that he's on the twenty-dollar bill, you may want to stop by Hermitage, his 200-year-old estate. Explore the seventh president's old stomping grounds and take a tour of the house he once lived in—happily they've updated the amenities to include air conditioning, so you won't have to contend with the sweltering Nashville heat should you visit during the summer.

If you can't swing a trip to Athens, Nashville's full-scale replica of the Parthenon will give you a feel of Greek historical architecture. (Maybe nosh on some olives and gyros afterward to get in the mood before you visit.) Built at the turn of the 19th century for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, this magnificent piece of architecture was never intended to be a long-term building despite its beauty and grandeur; the city planned to demolish it after the exhibition. However, its popularity with residents and tourists and the cost of demolition saved it from its uncertain fate. Inside, it contains artwork and sculptures by 18th and 19th century American artists including a spectacular 12-ton statue of Athena.

A walk to remember

Visitors interested in Nashville's wild charms will appreciate the bevy of hiking trails just outside the city. A longtime favorite is the Mossy Ridge Trail. It's a 4.5-mile loop through lush woods and filled with chattering birds. It has enough hills and ridges for you to work up an appetite—all the better to appreciate some hot chicken. Just make sure to leave enough time to slow down and take in the sights and the sounds.

If you can't bear to leave without a souvenir

Hatch Show Print has been turning out iconic music show posters for Nashville artists for over 140 years, and now you can own a taste of the industry with a replica print. You can even tour their Haley Gallery, which showcases prints of original posters as well as interpretations from local and national artists.

Those looking to deck out their homes with some cheeky home goods should check out Apple and Oak. From a wine glass featuring "fancy as f**k" in curly gold script to vintage Turkish rugs, this is one store that will suck you in faster than your favorite Instagram influencer.

Nashville's charms extend far beyond its country music roots. With all of its history, delicious eats, boutique stores, and live music, it makes for a perfect weekend trip that could easily extend into a full week vacation.

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If you want to travel but have a job that is currently holding you back, here are a few of our suggestions for the best jobs for people who love to travel.

For many people, traveling is an amazing experience, but traveling is not always feasible because of responsibilities to work.

One way to get around this roadblock is to get a job that will let you travel and see the world. Here are some of the best jobs for people who love to travel.



A translator is a wonderful job for those who want to travel. It will bring you to many places as you work, so long as those places speak the language you can translate. The great thing about translating is the variety of work you can get by translating for specific clients or just translating for tourists in the area. You can choose what type of scene you wish to work in very easily.


A pilot fits the definition of a job that gets to travel perfectly. Now, whether you are a private pilot or a commercial pilot, you will still get to fly all over the planet. The only major problem with this job is the requirement of flight classes. But once you get your license, you can fly freely around the world while making yourself money to fund your trips.

Travel blogger

Being a travel blogger is a temperamental job but, if done correctly, it will allow you to visit anywhere you want. Writing to fans as you travel the world can be a fun and exciting way to engage with the planet. This job can be difficult to do, though, as you must be able to write consistently and capture your audience with each post.

English teacher

This may not sound like a job that allows you to travel, but schools all around the world are always looking for more people to teach English.

In this career, you would move near the school that you would teach at and live there over the course of your time there. The interesting thing about this job is that it does not necessarily require a teaching degree, depending on the school and country in question. You also get to live in a new country for an extended period.

When it comes to the best jobs for people who love to travel, these are just a few of our suggestions. There are plenty of jobs where you can travel around the world, but these ones are far-reaching and cover a lot of different lifestyles. They might seem like pipe dreams, but hey, you never know!

Seattle, Washington is a rainy, coffee-fueled, coastal town often referred to as the "Emerald City."

Located against the ecological wonderland of Puget Sound, this cosmopolitan, seaside city is a mishmash of arts, culture, history, nature, and, of course, cloudy weather. Thanks to its proximity to nature, its greenery, and its culturally rich, big-city atmosphere, the city is becoming increasingly popular, both for tourists and those looking for a change of scenery.

The Big Stops: Tourist Seattle

If you only have a few days to visit Seattle, you'll probably want to check out the area's most famous attractions.

For nature lovers and summit-chasers, there's the imposing, wildflower-shrouded Mt. Rainier.


Mt. Rainier

For foodies, there's the popular Pike Place Market, a giant patchwork of food-sellers and friendly chaos where you can purchase everything from giant crabs' legs to bottomless amounts of coffee (more on that later).

Pike Place

And finally, there's the iconic Space Needle and the Sky View Observatory, which will give you extraordinary views of the city.


Seattle Arts and Museums

For arts and culture lovers, Seattle has plenty to cut your teeth on. Don't miss the Chihuly Garden and Glass, a collection of extraordinary blown-glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly.


Chihuly Gardens

For art, there's the giant Seattle Art Museum Downtown. Seattle also offers the Museum of Pop Culture, a nonprofit that features all your favorite icons from history, and plenty of other options.

Museum of Pop

For some history, there's the Klondike Gold Rush Museum, which commemorates Seattle's history as a gold rush hub.

There are plenty of quirky attractions—like the giant Fremont Troll, the 18-foot sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood that cuts an imposing figure.


You could also take in the city from a boat—marine enthusiasts might enjoy visiting to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to explore the history of this port city.

Seattle, of course, also has a gritty underground side—you may know the city from its time at the heart of the '90s grunge movement.

It also has a long, storied history that has left more than a few scars. You can literally see its underground through one of its underground tours, which will take you on a walk through the "buried city," the remnants left over from before the Great Fire of 1889.

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Natural Wonders

Seattle is notorious for its natural wonders. For a close-up view, there's the Seattle Aquarium, a marine experience that showcases the best of what Puget Sound has to offer.

For more exposure to the beauty of Seattle's nature, try the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230-acre showcase of Seattle's wetlands and natural wonders.

Washington Park

You might also pay a visit to the Alki Beach for some time with the ocean waves.


Or consider taking a more exhaustive adventure to Discovery Park, a giant and labyrinthine natural park at the edge of Puget Sound.

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Food and Drink

Food tours are also popular options for those who want to get more intimate with the city's cuisine, and Seattle is often ranked as one of the best cities for foodies.

It's also a great place for coffee-heads. You might also pay a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, AKA Ultimate Starbucks, a tasting room that features a coffee library amongst other treats for coffee addicts.

Sarbucks Reserve

Moving to Seattle

If you're planning on moving to Seattle, locals say there's a few things you should know. First off, it is most definitely overcast the majority of the time, though the rain is rather like a mist. That makes the rare sunny day shine even more, though, locals say, in addition to fostering natural abundance.

The city is generally very congested with traffic, which can be noisy, though it offers great public transportation options, from buses to rail—regardless, you'll want to get an Orca Card for that.

Like every city, Seattle has a number of diverse and charismatic neighborhoods. For example, there's the beachy, more laid-back West Seattle.

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There's the vibrant Capitol Hill, a hub of arts, culture, tech bros, and nightlife (during non-COVID times).

There's the historic and artsy Pioneer Square, featuring plenty of museums, shops, galleries, and pubs.

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Fremont is a more bohemian area. Belltown is a trendy waterfront neighborhood that's close to everything.

In general, Seattle residents love the city for its proximity to nature, from beaches to glaciers, and its abundance of arts and cultural attractions. As Kimberly Kinrade said, "Seattle is for people who love culture, but refuse to sacrifice their wild nature to attain it." Residents dislike the steep cost of housing and all things that come from rising prices, including the city's large homeless population.

In general, the city is known as environmentally conscious, liberal, and dog-loving. The people are often referred to as nice but possibly a bit standoffish and cold (the "Seattle Freeze" is when you make plans to hang out and then bail, which is apparently very common). The rain can certainly get depressing, but the proximity to nature helps.

Remember, if you do happen to move: umbrellas are dead giveaways for tourists.

What's your favorite part about Seattle? What did we leave out? Let us know at @thejourniest on Twitter!


Weed World Candies Exist to Prey on Gullible Tourists

Weed is still illegal in New York, but scamming tourists is not.

You wouldn't know it walking around midtown Manhattan, but marijuana is still illegal in New York.

It does seem strange to think that perhaps the most metropolitan city in the US would be lagging behind so many other parts of the country that have legalized possession, production, and sale of cannabis and THC products, but it's true.

New York's decriminalization of marijuana has led many smokers to be more brazen with their public consumption in recent years, and Governor Cuomo recently announced plans for limited legalization for recreational use at the state level. But for the time being the sale of products containing THC is still very much illegal.

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Adding to the confusion is a company that has sprung up to prey on tourist's uncertainty. Weed World trucks have multiplied at a staggering rate since they first started appearing in Midtown and the Village a few years ago. Easily a dozen RVs and vans now line the tourist-dense streets of Manhattan, advertising Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue, clad in marijuana-leaf decals and occupied by employees who are paid either to be stoned out of their minds, or just to pretend they are.

With eyes nearly in slits and an air of relaxation that suggests that customers are temporary interludes from a permanent nap, they will promise you as much as they can get away with while letting their branding do most of the work. They will sell you four lollipops for $20, which would seem like a great deal if not for the fact that they will not deliver on the strong implication that they'll get you high.

They have a Twitter account where they celebrate the supposed availability of weed and claim to "have New York locked down." They'll even sell you vape cartridges that advise you to "get medicated," and which are packed with potent doses of… flavor?

weed world truck

An employee once assured me that their candies do contain THC—maybe they wouldn't be so brazenly dishonest today—and in a drunken state I coughed up $5 to test that claim. There is a faint weedy taste to their candies, and you may find trace amounts of CBD inside, but that's it. It's a scam. There is no THC. Nothing that will give their customers the experience they're selling.

Worse than the trucks is the Weed World Candies storefront that opened in midtown in 2019. Just walking past you would swear that people were passing a massive blunt inside.

The smell is unmistakable and overpowering, except that it's fake. Whatever chemical fragrance they pumped onto the street, it was not connected to anyone smoking weed. Inside, the psychedelic wall art complemented shelves lined with suggestive candies and boxes emblazoned with pot leaf insignia.

Whatever the venue, they are all too happy to sell you overpriced hemp products and CBD creams and chocolates made to look like nugs. And if you're a tourist, or a moron like me, you might believe the scam long enough to give them money, but nothing they sell will get you high.

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The owners of Weed World, Judah Izrael and Bilal Muhammad—who prefers to go by "Dro Man" or "Doctor Dro"—will defend their products by claiming that they serve to promote legalization and decriminalization efforts by normalizing the idea of public sale of marijuana. But at no point in the purchasing process is the illusion that their candies will get you high broken. At no point are their customers offered literature explaining the mission of Weed World.

On their website's FAQs page, there is no mention of THC or its absence from their products, but the first question, "How much should I eat?" is answered, "It's all based on your tolerance but there's no limit." Tolerance for what? Sugar? The company—which originated in Alabama and has spread to cities around the country—mostly seems like a very profitable way to sell candy to gullible adults.

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The best thing I can say in their defense is that one of their trucks was recently busted by police in Saraland, Alabama, with products that "tested positive for marijuana." Assuming this isn't a screw up or deliberate frame-job by the police, it's possible that some of the Weed World trucks are using their faux activism as a front for selling actual drugs. If so, that would be the most honest thing about this company. Until that's confirmed, ignore these trucks and maybe just ask a friend for a hookup.