As it should be, Memphis is a pilgrimage for many people from all around the world. They come to visit the birthplace of the blues, soul, and rock-n-roll music. W.C. Handy wrote the first blues music on historic Beale Street. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash all recorded at Sun Records, which now, as a museum, is a Mecca for many.
Graceland is the most visited private home in the United States. It's where people from everywhere come to see and get a sense of how the King of Rock-n-Roll Lived.
Beyond the Music in Memphis
Tennessee's largest city is much more than a music landmark. The city has more sunny days than Miami and offers a combination of southern hospitality along with modern features. You won't want to miss the BBQ ribs and the city is packed with other great dining opportunities along with an exciting nightlife and famous art galleries.
In Memphis, you'll find a great plate of BBQ or pulled pork almost anywhere. If you want to head to the most popular, you'll be going to Poplar Avenue in East Memphis to try out the famous Corky's BBQ. But be ready for a wait because the line almost always comes out the door and goes down the street.
However, you might not be able to get a seat where the best BBQ is smoked. Memphis is a BBQ mad city where some of the best is prepared in peoples' backyards. On holiday weekends, during the summer, the entire city smells of BBQ smoke.
Side Trips From Memphis
Although there are many sights and places to visit in Memphis, just a short drive out of the city brings you into the historic old south. Driving the byways north of this Mississippi River city seems light-years back in the past. You'll be in the heart of fertile Mississippi River bottomlands where cotton and soybeans still thrive today.
Less than an hour north of the city is the popular town of is Henning, a friendly little town remarkably untouched by its world acclaimed native son Alex Haley. Haley is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Roots and home to the Alex Haley House Museum.
Jackson is the site of several Civil War battles that will enthrall the history buff. It was also a major railroad hub for the south and home to John Luther "Casey" Jones. Jones is the famed train engineer that became the hero in the song Ballad of Casey Jones, the engineer that stayed with his train in a hopeless attempt to stop his engine from plowing into another oncoming train.
Rollin On The River
Cruise the Mighty Mississippi from the landing on Beale Street. You may have cruised the Caribbean but you will find the same luxury treatment with the American Queen floating the Mississippi. The American Queen is arguably the grandest, most opulent riverboat afloat. A cruise on the Mississippi enables you to explore the historic river towns of New Orleans, Natchez, and Memphis.
You really can visit the old south right in Memphis by touring a plantation house. The Davies Manor Plantation is a two-story plantation home that takes you back in time to the pioneer days before electricity, telephones, indoor plumbing, and separate bedrooms. The home is maintained with period furnishings and is the oldest log and chink home in Memphis open for tours. The home was build in the early 19th century and stayed in the Davies family for more than 100 years. Today, the plantation home is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Whatever your interest is, Memphis has more of what you want to do and see than almost anywhere else on the continent.