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April 18, 2014



It’s day fifteen of the A to Z Challenge and the letter of the day is O.

First up is Opry Mills®, Tennessee’s largest outlet, value retail, shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. It is right next door to the Grand Ole Opry. The beautiful indoor mall boasts over 200 stores including a Bass Pro Shop and a Boot Barn. I singled those stores out so Tim will give shopping a fair shake at making the vacation itinerary. 🙂  According to reviewers, the very large food court even offers some relatively healthy food options—I might have to see that to believe it. In addition to multiple fast food options, Opry Mills® also has full dining experiences including an Aquarium Restaurant, a Rainforest Cafe, and a Chuy’s. We probably won’t be catching any movies on our vacation, but I should mention that Opry Mills® also has a movie theater and an IMAX. There is a Dave and Busters in the mall, as well. This gigantic mall even has valet parking. Some reviewers advise going during the week to avoid the crowds of the weekends. That said, other reviewers say that the crowds aren’t really a problem because the mall is big enough to accommodate large numbers of people without it feeling crowded.



Next up is a pair of truss bridges on Tennessee Highway 45 over the Cumberland River. They are known as the Old Hickory Bridges. The northbound (westbound) bridge, built in 1928, is the more interesting of the two. It is older and more ornate than the southbound (eastbound) bridge built in 1967. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the (north) Old Hickory Bridge is the pair of “Sentry Towers” which adorn each end of the bridge. These bridges aren’t high on my list of priorities for this trip, but if we happen to be in the area I could probably get some good photos.

Last is The Old Spaghetti Factory. We do have to eat while we’re gone, and I love Italian food. Just about everything on the menu at The Old Spaghetti Factory is made on-site and from scratch, using fresh ingredients. Every location is adorned with antique lighting, intricate stained glass displays and an old-fashioned trolley car that doubles as a dining hall. It has a family friendly atmosphere and an award-winning children’s menu.



So that’s it for O. I can’t wait to visit these places and get my own pictures to share!

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  1. Nice to meet and connect through the atozchallenge.

  2. Kensi Kempf permalink

    Spaghetti factory sounds fun and yummy!

    • Yes, it does. I might need to take some “fat clothes” with me. There are so many eating places I want to try.

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