Memphis – the City Music & Vibrant Culture in Tennessee
Located in the southwestern region of US State of Tennessee on the Mississippi River, Memphis is culturally diverse and the tourist’s most favorite city to explore. It is also the United States most expensive city, home to wide spreading landscapes and distinct neighborhoods. Memphis was founded in early 1819 by wealthy American groups including the president Andrew Jackson and John Overton. Memphis played a vital role in Civil Rights Movement, and it’s also the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assignation. Now, the city is a regional center for commerce, education, media, art, entertainment, and tourism. It’s perfect to explore at any time of the year.
Memphis City Tour
Getting around the Memphis downtown is easy, the Vintage Trollies wind to the Main Street curving down the Mississippi River and taking the passengers to the main spots of the city. Visitors can the Monorail, an elevated railway over the mud island, or jog along the river at the Tom Lee Park. Visitors can also head downtown to the Peabody Hotel at 11:00 AM sharp to watch the daily tradition dating back to 1933, the hotel’s famous duck heading from the elevator across the red-carpeted lobby, accompanied by the red-coated duck masters. Midtown Memphis is a diverse area, it is now home to cocktail bars along with long-standing juke joints including the renowned Lamplighter Lounge. Browse the famous National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King junior was fatally shot in 1968. The Cooper-Young neighborhood is a hipster’s friendly area filled with art galleries, cafes, cool restaurants, and similar attractions. Stately Homes surround the Overton Park, which is home to the Egyptian-themed Memphis Zoo where visitors can see the giant pandas lazily putting the bamboos in their sixteen-million-dollar habitat.
Rich Musical History & Landmarks
Memphis musical tour starts at the second most visited residence in the country after the White House, Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion is a marvel of 1970s bad taste. For an extra fee, visitors can explore its private jet. Sun Studios doesn’t look much from the outside, but it’s the ground zero for American Rock & Roll music; famous musicians such as the BB King started his musical career here, followed by the rockabilly sound of Johnny Cash. Stax Museum of American Soul Music is the only soul music museum in the world; get down on the dance floor and let the Isaac Hayes superfly Cadillac hypnotize you. Nearby the downtown Memphis is the Beale Street Historic District where the freed slaves once laid roots for vibrant African-American community that invented the Blues music. Here, the music still spills nonstop from jazz clubs to blues halls and juke joints.