Getting from Nashville to Dallas is not my favorite drive. It was beautiful through Memphis, over the bridge on the Mississippi River and onto Arkansas and then… it stopped. It made me understand what the “Kansas” was doing in this state’s name, mainly because they share the same physical characteristics – plenty of flat land and nothing around for hundreds of miles. When you see a cow, it gets a bit exciting. And then, you go under the overpass with that big huge star and the Texas state shape and you know that civilization has begun. From there on, it was huge ranches with even bigger homes and plenty of modern-day conveniences, such as rest stops that were actually open. After 12 long hours, I got to the Gaylord Texan, feeling rewarded for my efforts.
The Gaylord Texan is outstanding in its own right. Although not as big as the Gaylord Opry, it’s distinct in its character, which gives it its own larger-than-life feel. Modeled after some of the most iconic places in Texas, it was like taking a trip around the state without actually having to endure the miles of highway and the splatter of bugs. Although a quick stop for me, it was totally worth it to come here. (I even happened to come here during Artwalk Week!) Check out the pics from my trip today, as well as the hotel.