Memphis Tennessee is a charming city full of soulful art, good food, great green spaces and a lively nightlife. While its sister city Nashville, Tennessee (212 miles west of Memphis) boasts an unmatched country music scene, Memphis equally boasts origins of the Blues. Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs a distance of approximately 1.8 miles. It is a significant location in the city's history, as well as in the history of the blues (reference). Its name sake is the muse of the infamous essay If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin which went on the become a multi-Oscar nominated movie. Visit our previous post on James Baldwin to learn more (click here).
Memphis is also the home of America's first Civil Right Museum located at the assassination place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an African American civil rights leader most famous for his I have a dream speech. This endearing city is also home of the Graceland Mansion: the former home of Elvis Presley, an American singer, musician and actor some times referenced as "The King of Rock.
With its rich, impactful American History and welcoming people there is something for everyone to enjoy. Add this one to the travel itinerary! See below for a peek at our itinerary and future recommendations.
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Best damn cheesecake in the southern region. The owner is a unique character that performs all job functions of the establishment (cashier, waiter, kitchen crew, etc.) so be prepared for long lines. It's worth it though!
Gus's Fried Chicken
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