Why Visiting Memphis Is Always A Good Idea
Memphis, often referred to as the 'cradle of American music', is situated in the southern west corner of Tennessee and is home to the Civil Rights Movement, friendly locals and some awesome entertainment venues. Oh and did we mention Graceland? If you're looking for a historically diverse trip to the states with a side of life-altering and tasty BBQ food, look no further than this music lover's mecca. Before you visit Memphis, applying for an ESTA for the US will be crucial to complete your journey plan. It allows you to have an electronic validation for traveling to the US and will prove to be invaluable for your journey to the home of the blues and birthplace of rock and roll. So, what are you waiting for? The largest city in Tennessee is just waiting to be explored!
Music lovers can't come to Memphis and not come to Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Former owner Sam Phillips helped launch the career of the likes of Elvis, B.B King, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Sun Studios is said to be everything Graceland is not; authentic, personal and quirky.
There is little wonder why Elvis chose to call Memphis his home, with its rich and diverse musical heritage. Graceland is located 10 miles south of downtown Memphis and is one of the most visited private homes in the whole country. While you tour the house with an iPad in hand you will see his pink Cadillac, insane record collection and even a collection of gifts sent to him from fans. Interestingly, Elvis' grave is also located on the grounds.
Voted by travelers as one of the must-see attractions in Memphis, The National Civil Rights Museum can be found in the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. The Museum features multimedia presentations on the historic civil rights movement. The self-guided tour is helped along with its 260-strong artifacts and over 40 films, oral histories and interactive media.
You can see an incredible 3,500 species of animals at the Memphis Zoo, including the ever-popular giant pandas, Ya Ya and Le Le. The zoo fills its 70 acres in an organized and structured way that makes it easy for even the smallest of feet to navigate around.
For the heart and soul of Memphis culture, head down to Beale Street. Once home to the infamous Isaac Hayes, Alberta Hunter and B.B King, Beale Street has now become to be associated with the great blues artists that got their start here. Music fans should prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Beale Street is filled with stores bursting with music memorabilia, music clubs and some great BBQ restaurants.
Constructed in 1925, The Peabody Memphis has long upheld its name as one of the best hotels of the South. While the building itself is amazing, the real attraction here is the march of the Peabody Ducks. Since the 1940's they have been a staple feature of the hotel. Join onlookers at 11am when the ducks make their way from the Royal Duck Palace on the hotel rooftop, down the red carpet, through the lobby and into the Peabody Fountain where they spend their day.