Memphis is a vibrant city famous for its rich history and arts scene. Music lovers’ throng to Beale Street and it is the birthplace of rock-n-roll and home of the blues. You could get lost exploring its history by going museum-hopping for days. You are wrong if you assume these are the only reasons to plan a trip to this stunning city.
To know about the in and outs of Memphis, visit the website of ‘We are Memphis’. They have got every single detail covered. Be it accommodations or upcoming fests, you gain access to all information about the city in just one click.
National Civil Rights Museum: Located partly inside Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King JR lost his life to a gunshot wound, a trip to this city isn’t complete without visiting this powerful museum. Its compelling exhibits give an in-depth insight about slavery and Civil Right Movement which shook the entire nation. It takes at least 2 hours to take a full tour.
Music-related top attractions:
- Graceland: Regardless of whether you are a fan of Elvis or not, this place is worth visiting. You’ll get an idea of Elvis’s impact in the music world. Graceland is a pilgrimage for Elvis fans and they would easily spend 6 hours touring his estate, home and burial site.
- Sun studios: Take a 45 minute-tour in this world-famous recording studio which was the birthplace of rock n roll. Stars like Elvis, Johnny Cash, BB King, Ike Turner recorder music here.
- The Stax Museum of American Soul Music: Those who have even the slightest interest in American music would enjoy this place. The city played a huge role in the composition of soul music back in the 60s and 70s. The museum is dedicated to soul music. You can try dance moves and walk by vintage equipment.
Walk by Beale Street:
This iconic street situated at the heart of the city has 3 blocks of nightclubs, shops and restaurants. The city is very serious about music and you will hear music spilling out from all clubs. Soak up the vibe, dance with the locals, eat lip smacking food and groove to the best music.
Do Mural Spotting: Street art lovers would love the city’s mural scene. There are literally 100’s of murals in all themes and sizes and each of them are impressive. It is a perfect place for an instagram backdrop.
Slave Haven Underground Railway museum (Burkle Estate):
The estate was built by Jacob Burkle in 1849 who welcomed slaves to hide here. It has 19th century furnishings, secret cellars and trap doors that were used to hide the refugees. The slaves stayed in the cellar until their route was clear to continue their journey to freedom.
Visit Big River Crossing:
This 1-mile long bridge is open on all days from 6 am to 10pm. Thousands of people flock to the crossing either for fitness or photography or to enjoy the view of the city.
If you are looking for fun, great food, entertainment, look no further than Memphis. Come and witness yourself what the hype is all about.