Memphis is a community where spring and fall go on and on and on. The average temperature in Memphis is 62 degrees and it has more sunny days than Miami, Florida.
A favorite daytime tourist activity is a paddleboat cruise of the Mississippi shoreline. No visit to Memphis would be complete without spending a bit of time on Ole Man River. There are also sunset dinner cruises and party cruises. Many featuring live music.
More Memphis Attractions
The Peabody Hotel is an attraction onto itself. The Peabody is best known for the ducks that play in the front lobby water fountain. The ducks in the fountain tradition began in the 1930s when the general manager returned from a hunting trip and placed his duck decoys in the fountain. Hotel guests enjoyed the sight so much that the decoys were replaced with live ducks and there have been ducks in the Peabody fountain ever since.
Also at the Peabody, you'll find a dozen horse drawn carriages available for tours of the city. The horses are accompanied by gentle large dogs wearing funny hats and tour guides narrating the sights and history of this old southern city.
Memphis Night on the Town
Of course, a visit to Memphis means a night on the town. Live music is everywhere in Memphis but the most popular places are on Beale Street in the heart of down town. Beale Street consists of three blocks packed with world famous nightclubs and restaurants. The music is a melting pot of jazz, delta blues, rock 'n' roll, rhythm & blues, and gospel. With hot music and cold drinks, Beale Street is the hippest part of Memphis.
Beale Street was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. But it didn't stop there. By an act of Congress, Beale Street was declared the Official Home of the Blues in 1977. Among the popular joints are B.B. King’s, Rum Boogie Café, and Silky O’Sullivan’s.
For the ultimate Beale Street experience come to the Beale Street Music Festival that kicks off the Memphis in May Festival. Held at the end of the street next to the Mississippi, the 2013 music festival featured groups such as ZZ Top, Alice in Chains, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Patti Smith among the dozens of live acts that performed.
During the Memphis in May Festive, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is held. The 2013 Grand Champion is Sweet Swine O'Mine for their pulled pork shoulder recipe. Of course, they don't publish the recipe. Quite an accomplishment since the Memphis barbecue contest is known as the Super Bowl of Swine.
Don't take my word for it. Visit Memphis yourself. You won't be disappointed.
About the author: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.