Memphis is another one of those destinations I’ve wanted to go my whole life. I mean the music itself is reason enough to go, but add on the BBQ? The nightlife? The history? Oh my goodness, this is a perfect place to spend a few days for a history/food/music lover!
My friend and I drove in for the night and part of the day. This was part of our road trip so we had limited time. To break it down, I’m going to tell you exactly what we did to pack in the most for our time!
- Go out on the town! There is no street more connected to Blues music than Beale Street. Don’t miss this opportunity. While the street itself is underwhelming as far as size, it more than makes up for it in music. Hit up Rum Boogie for the best live music!
- Need a midnight snack? The Blues City Cafe has amazing Gumbo Cheese Fries! I don’t think I need to say anymore here.
- You must tour Sun Studios! Packed full of memorabilia from the city’s music history, be sure to snap a photo with Elvis’ actual microphone.
- Another tour, and one that I think is the most important, is that at the National Civil Rights Museum. Centered at the Lorraine Motel, the site of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, the museum chronicles the long civil rights movement. This means the information starts at slavery in the United States, giving cultural information about Africa, and continues up to the assassination of King. It’s amazingly well done and I highly recommend.
- Stop for BBQ, obviously! We asked several locals for their recommendation and everyone suggest Cozy Corner. It was fabulous and what dreams were made up.
- Last but not least, stay with airbnb! This is the cheapest way to have a nice and safe stay in Memphis. We stayed at the BB King with Jamie! Jamie is delightful. This is an older home, a mile from Beale St. and an easy walk to Sun Studio. It’s super comfy and decorated in an eclectic style, similar to a Portland coffee shop. Jamie also makes a wonderful breakfast!
I would highly recommend a visit to this amazing city. It’s full of friendly people, fabulous food, and amazing history. What else could you want!