Nashville, Tennessee

Even though I spent my first 21 years living just 100 miles north of Nashville (pics), this was my first time to visit there as a sightseer.  We began our tour at the Tennessee State Capitol Building.  Unfortunately, the building is closed on the weekend so we were not able to tour the inside.

Tennessee state map etched into cement

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Memphis, Tennessee

We arrived in Memphis (pics), “River City”, to be met with a very brisk, very cold wind.  We entered Memphis from the west so we crossed over the Interstate 40 bridge with a great view of the city skyline.  We stopped into the Tennessee welcome center which is just at the bottom of the first exit after crossing the Mississippi River.

Memphis skyline from Mississippi River bridge

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Little Rock, Arkansas

For our brief visit to Little Rock (pics) we encountered some unpleasant weather that hindered our sightseeing.  It was quite cold and raining.  In fact, the temperature was right at 32 degrees while it was raining so there was a little ice forming in the trees.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas

The town of Hot Springs (pics) is a byproduct of the 140 degree spring water that flows out of the surrounding Zig Zag Mountains.  All of the land in these mountains are part of the Hot Springs National Park.

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Cove Lake

For our drive from Fort Smith, AR, to Hot Springs we took a road that is an Arkansas Scenic Byway.  Along the way we encountered Cove Lake (pics).  It’s a small lake in the Ozark National Forest near Mount Magazine.

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