Besides Graceland, the magnificent estate that was once home to Elvis Presley, Memphis has much to offer anyone who visits or decides to set down roots here.
Also known as the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ’N roll, Memphis is a place where you can do not only visit the King’s home but dig into some killer barbeque or visit the pandas at the Memphis zoo.
When in Memphis, stop in at the Saint Blues Guitar Workshop where every guitar is custom made, take a stab on a cigar box guitar or browse the St. Blues swag.
Go ahead and visit Sun Studio which was opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips and was the launch pad of icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Bring your golf game to Justin Timberlake’s Mirimichi Golf Course. The eco-friendly championship course challenges with 7,400 yards of deep pit bunkers, super-fast greens, waterfalls and creeks. The state-of-the-art Callaway Performance Center has a 9-hole executive course and extensive practice facilities.
Many Museums, Theater
Memphis has several art museums including The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Overton Park, home to a collection of more than 8,000 pieces of art.
The Metal Museum offers one of the most stunning views of the Mississippi River in the city. It is the only one in the U.S. entirely devoted to metalwork.
For live theater, don’t miss downtown’s Orpheum Theatre. The historic theater opened as a vaudeville house in 1928.
Shop ’Til You Drop
That Memphis groove – funky and traditional, but always one-of-a-kind – extends to shopping, too.
From locally-owned boutiques filled with haute couture to antiques shops brimming with collectibles to more than 20 Memphis-area malls, there’s always someplace to find just what you’re looking for.
The historic South Main District, just south of the main Memphis business district and Beale Street, offers a mix of art galleries and boutiques, including the folk-focused D’Edge Gallery.
Great Outdoor Activities
Of course, there’s the downtown park system that lets you run, bike or walk. And for those that have more of a green thumb, numerous gardens offer a beautiful, serene and educational experience like the Memphis Botanical Garden.
Whether by bike or by foot, visitors can easily move up and down the riverfront, from the scenic running trail on Mud Island to the small but active Confederate Park.
Offering a home to more than 3,500 animals, including 500 species, the Memphis Zoo is one of the top tourist attractions around. Exhibits include Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Animals of the Night, Once Upon a Farm, China — home to Le Le and Ya Ya, the famous giant pandas — and the Northwest Passage — where the polar bears roam.
As you can see, from its towering trees in Shelby Forest to the metal towers in cosmopolitan downtown, the rockin’ Memphis area offers everything you could want and then some.
Photo: Pixabay, Shutter Stock