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George_Hawkins
07-23-2009, 02:55 AM
Would people living in the area make any suggestions for things to do or see, in the area, either before or after Imaging dates. I have sister & husband who live just right distance for a stopover, so I may drive, and do not consider it too early to start collecting thoughts.

Thanks

Ron_Jackson
07-23-2009, 03:13 AM
Nashville is right on I-40 and just west of Nashville right off I-40 is the Grand Canyon. It is a bit of a drive but worth it. I checked and it's only 1628 miles west. Nice drive after the convention. You said you wanted to go there. :)

Joe_Campanellie
07-23-2009, 04:54 AM
Grand Canyon would be great...but quite a drive. Haven't been there yet but it's on my list.

pavelstudios
07-23-2009, 06:14 AM
Actually Nashville has its own Parthenon, I have yet to see it but will be visiting next time I am there: http://www.nashville.gov/parthenon/

Of course you will also want to walk downtown, within walking distance is the country music hall of fame: http://www.countrymusichalloffame.com/site/ and also fort nashborough: http://www.nashville.gov/parks/historic/fortnashborough.htm

Ron_Jackson
07-23-2009, 02:26 PM
Seriously, for photography, downtown at night and the Parthenon in the day to twilight would be must see places. the other would be the surrounding countryside with old barns and such. January is going to be cold and most of the trees will be bare so it's not going to be exactly at it prettiest.

George_Hawkins
07-24-2009, 02:00 PM
Thanks Ron!
We know, I missed the Phoenix Imaging. Next time, I'll go to GC. I forget the year, but there is a plan for back in AZ.

I'll keep reading these posts here!

Chris_Padgett
07-25-2009, 01:47 AM
January is going to be cold and most of the trees will be bare so it's not going to be exactly at it prettiest.

And that is the unfortunate truth. Tennessee can be quite beautiful all year long but it really shines in the spring and fall.

Nashville is just an hour or two away from the Cumberland Plateau which is the world's longest hardwood-forested plateau. You could visit Fall Creek Falls State Park http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/ . The falls are beautiful all year long and the wildlife is less skittish than most.

I would recommend a side trip to Lychburg and Jack Daniels Distillery http://www.lynchburgtn.com/ http://www.jackdaniels.com/age.aspx . The distillery tour is very entertaining and the downtown area is great place to spend a couple hours. While you are down this way you can swing by George Dickel Distillery. http://landingpage2.dickel.com/?Lang=en-us&BrandId=SO&RefUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dickel.com%2fTemplates%2fH omePageTemplate.aspx%3fNRMODE%3dPublished%26NRNODE GUID%3d%257b48859475-3697-449D-9701-0F596C8B187E%257d%26NRORIGINALURL%3d%252f%26NRCACH EHINT%3dGuest It's not nearly as famous as it's neighbor but it's worth the trip and on the way back toward Nashville. If you come down this way let me know and I can suggest some other areas to visit.

The Ryman Auditorium is a must see. http://www.ryman.com/ It's located in downtown Nashville where there is plenty to see.


One place that I always enjoy is Reelfoot Lake State Park and surrounding area. http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/ReelfootLake/
The lake was create by an earthquake back the early 1800's. The lake has a large population of wintering bald eagles and they will be conducting eagle tours starting the first part of January. Probably about 2.5 to 3 hours from Nashville though.

I will come up with others before Jan. gets here.

Ron_Jackson
07-25-2009, 02:21 AM
I did the Jack Daniels tour a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Of course it is one of my favorite spirits. Most people don't realize when they go there that the distillery is in a dry county so you can't buy liquor until you get across in a wet county. However, a few years back, the state passed a special bill to allow the distillery to sell Jack Daniels on site. Boy does it smell good inside!

George_Hawkins
07-28-2009, 03:15 AM
Thanks Ron & Chris.

I'll follow the thread so that all interested can read thoughts.

Back to San Antonio soon! Ron, Grand Canyon is just north, right?

Ron_Jackson
07-28-2009, 03:55 AM
About an inch and a half on the map. Bit north and bit west.

George_Hawkins
07-29-2009, 02:49 AM
About an inch and a half on the map. Bit north and bit west.

On my NEW iPhone map, distance is less.

PS. I'm not loving AT&T, BUT loving adding my images for portfolio purposes, weather apps, tools, news apps, banking, and others.

I bought the new Navigon GPS app, with iTunes gift card I had; however, it is creating lots of heat, like no other. I like most of the features better than my entry level TOMTOM.

George_Hawkins
09-24-2009, 01:02 AM
iPhone is an amazing device. Lots changes since I posted, about my iPhone 3Gs. I will never buy a vehicle with built in GPS. Since I am looking, I have come to realize that.
Adding images for portfolio is just what I wanted it for, and proves great.
In last few weeks AT&T has improved the signals in my areas.

MFitzPhoto
10-23-2009, 08:42 PM
As I just joined PPA yesterday, this is my first post here. It's as much of a test for me, as it is an answer to the original question.

The convention site is a good ride from downtown Nashville, but it is worthwhile. All of the old honky tonks are on lower Boadway. Chris mentioned the Ryman Auditorium, and he's absolutely correct. They give tours daily, but I'm not sure of their photo policy.

I'm looking forward to being at the convention in January.

ChrisGrandell
10-23-2009, 08:48 PM
Not neccessarily a photo op, but you have to go to The Big Bang. It is a dueling piano bar, and was a lot of fun for my wife and I when we were in Nashville last October. Wonderful city, wish I thought I'd be going to Imaging USA...

Joe_Campanellie
10-24-2009, 12:15 AM
And that is the unfortunate truth. Tennessee can be quite beautiful all year long but it really shines in the spring and fall.

Nashville is just an hour or two away from the Cumberland Plateau which is the world's longest hardwood-forested plateau. You could visit Fall Creek Falls State Park http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/FallCreekFalls/ . The falls are beautiful all year long and the wildlife is less skittish than most.

I would recommend a side trip to Lychburg and Jack Daniels Distillery http://www.lynchburgtn.com/ http://www.jackdaniels.com/age.aspx . The distillery tour is very entertaining and the downtown area is great place to spend a couple hours. While you are down this way you can swing by George Dickel Distillery. http://landingpage2.dickel.com/?Lang=en-us&BrandId=SO&RefUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dickel.com%2fTemplates%2fH omePageTemplate.aspx%3fNRMODE%3dPublished%26NRNODE GUID%3d%257b48859475-3697-449D-9701-0F596C8B187E%257d%26NRORIGINALURL%3d%252f%26NRCACH EHINT%3dGuest It's not nearly as famous as it's neighbor but it's worth the trip and on the way back toward Nashville. If you come down this way let me know and I can suggest some other areas to visit.

The Ryman Auditorium is a must see. http://www.ryman.com/ It's located in downtown Nashville where there is plenty to see.


One place that I always enjoy is Reelfoot Lake State Park and surrounding area. http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/parks/ReelfootLake/
The lake was create by an earthquake back the early 1800's. The lake has a large population of wintering bald eagles and they will be conducting eagle tours starting the first part of January. Probably about 2.5 to 3 hours from Nashville though.

I will come up with others before Jan. gets here.

Eagles...now you really have my attention...!