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The Elvis Road Trip


If you have talked to me in the past six months, or follow me anywhere on social media, you have probably heard about how stinking excited I was for this trip. We have been planning it for almost a year. My Grandma's "bucket list" trip.

Earlier this month my lovely aunt and Grandmother flew down from the great-white-north to come visit me, where we began ouR nearly 2000 mile Excursion! There were SO many pictures that I wanted to post (I do apologize that some of these probably aren't as artsy-fartsy as usual, but hey, I was tourist-ing! )

Day one: Waxhaw

Even though it I call Waxhaw home, it can be so much fun to be a tourist here! We started the morning off at my FAVORITE breakfast place (Provisions) where Grandma and Auntie Michelle got their first taste of Southern food (they even tried grits)! They then got the "honor" of being the first guests in our new house since we only got the keys the day before. We also made them participate in trivia night at DreamChasers!

Day two: Asheville

We made our way through the beautiful mountains to the Biltmore Estate where we not only got to see all of the extravagant features of the estate, but we were also excited to see the costumes from the movie Titanic! Then we made our way to our Air BnB which was a tiny house! So excited!

Days 3-5: Nashville

So Nasheville was definitely my favorite part of the trip, we did SO much in these three days. We did the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Johnny Cash Museum, The Rainforest Cafe, The Opry Mills Mall ( Grandma was dead and determined to find a good pair of Cowboy Boots) and my highlight for the trip was getting to see the Grand Ole Opry. I can't even put into words how much I loved it!

Day 6 & 7 : Graceland

So. Much. Elvis!

We stayed at the Guest House adjacent to Graceland, where we sucessfully hit up EVERY gift shop! We also enjoyed the famous Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich at Marlow's.

We spent an entire day at Elvis's home. We had the sweetest tour guide who taught us a lot. Grandma even got to hold Elvis's microphone (from his '68 comeback tour) and one of his shirts so she was pretty much in fangirl heaven :)

{the funhouse mirrors on the roof}

{okay so this is the staircase to the downstairs media room..... i am fairly certain that it would be impossible to go down these drunk, it was fairly disorienting in a right state of mind}

apparently Elvis thought this billiard room was as tacky and awful as I do, his girfriend "suprised" him with the makeover

the "jungle room"

my favorite story of the tour. Apparently Elvis's dad came home from the store and said " I just saw the ugliest furniture that I have ever seen in my life, I don't know who would be stupid enough to buy it...." so of course Elvis had to furnish his living room with it.

he had a collection of honorary sherriff badges, which I thought was pretty cool

Day 8: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and home

While Wednesday was mostly spent in the car, we did make sure to stop in Tupelo (Elvis's birthplace) where we got to see his tiny childhood home and his church

Day 9: While today was mostly a day of rest, we did "accidentally" buy Grandma a baby chicken named Dukabor, and spoilt my dogs, because why not!

Day 10-12; Myrtle Beach

Auntie Michelle got to see the Atlantic ocean for the first time! Austin was able to join us for the last leg of our trip which was pretty cool too! We checked out the boardwalk, the pier, the beach, did lots of shopping and went on the ferris wheel!

#Elvis #Grandma #roadtrip #Nashville #asheville #Memphis #MyrtleBeach #Mississippi #music #Family

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