Recently we visited Memphis on our road trip through the ‘mojo triangle’ of the American south – New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville. This area is called the ‘mojo triangle’ after being written about by the author James L. Dickerson in his award-winning book of the same name. It is known as the birthplace of jazz, blues, rock and roll and country.
Memphis, is situated on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, and is best known for its vibrant music and southern food. This is a post about our top 5 things to do in Memphis, Tennessee.
Undoubtedly one of the most popular places to visit in Memphis, Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley gives you the chance to learn about, and pay respects to the ‘King of Rock N Roll’. Through a self guided tour on an Ipad, you learn about his life and his loves – his music, Lisa Marie his daughter and Priscilla his wife, whilst touring his home. You see the King’s den – the jungle room, his trophies and clothes in the racquetball room, his cars and his aeroplanes, one named Lisa Marie after his daughter. Well worth a visit if you are a music fan.
2. Sun Studio
Referred to as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll , Sun Studio is a music-lover’s paradise. See and hear great hits that helped change the music scene forever. BB King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley all recorded here. Not far from Beale Street, Sun Studio is certainly worth a visit.
3. Beale Street
A neighbourhood noted for being the heart, soul, and birthplace of blues, Beale Street has seen iconic performers like B.B. King, and Isaac Hayes, play here. It’s worth sitting down on Beale St, with some barbecue, for which Memphis is known, and people watching. Enjoy the many shops, restaurants, and nightlife of this happening street. Sunday is a great day to sit listening to live music in the bars, whilst watching families strolling down this iconic street in their Sunday best.
4. National Civil Rights Museum & Lorraine Motel
Located inside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the National Civil Rights Museum is a definite must while in Memphis. With multimedia and interactive presentations, it helps to put a great perspective on the past and current struggle for civil rights worldwide and is both touching and thought provoking. A must see.
5. Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Haven’t had your fill of music quite yet? The Stax Museum Of American Soul is a place you can witness the history of great musicians like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Listen to songs and explore what made this recording studio so remarkable.
If you love blues, rock ‘n roll or just want to soak up some Southern atmosphere, Memphis is well worth a visit.