Memphis is one of those iconic American cities. It houses so much by way of music culture–and a few years ago on my St. Jude or Bust trip, I had a chance to really check it out. If you ever get the chance to explore it, here are a couple of must-not-miss stops:
- Graceland. Elvis is still alive and well in Memphis. Everyday, hundreds of tourists line up to walk through Elvis’s home, known as Gracaeland. The decor alone is worth the trip. It’s a hoot. Plus, you can see the letters/posters from thousands of still-devoted fans lined along the gates. It’s craziness.
- Peabody Ducks. The Peabody hotel is famous for their daily duck show. Each day, you can watch the ducks parade around the very elegant lobby. What more can I possibly say? It’s Memphis, baby.
- Beale Street. It really doesn’t matter, Monday through Sunday Beale Street is hopping with live music and BBQ.
- Mud Island River Park. this park is free, and you can take a stroll along the Mississippi River.
- Memphis Botanic Garden. Um, hello, have we met? Of course you know I am going to include a garden on my list of suggestions.
- Memphis Zoo. This is a great stop if you have little ones. It’s certainly not the biggest zoo ever, but they do have a Panda bear, which is rad.
- Elmwood Cemetery. Okay, call me nuts, but I LOVE walking through cemeteries. Memphis has soooo much history–it represents the good, bad, and ugly in our country.
- Memphis Rock and Soul Museum. If you are a music fan, this is a must-stop museum
- Slave Haven – This is the former home of the Burlke family, turned small museum. It was one of the stops for the underground railroad, and it is worth seeing.
- Woodruff-Fontaine House. This is a mansion built in 1870 that is now open to the public as a museum. It is fully furnished and has mannequins dressed in 1870’s garb, making it a pretty cool little tour. Fair warning: there is a doll display that borderlines on creepy.
Have any of you been to Memphis? What is your favorite thing to do?