• Glenda Williams

The Memphis Sound

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Memphis has an unlimited cadre of unique experiences to offer for all interest levels. Be sure you have ample time to do Memphis your way. Travel With Serenity is readily available to make your adventure a reality. Herein we have covered museums, activities, hotels, restaurants, and the music that make Memphis rock 'n' roll.

I traveled solo and joined the group of travel agents upon arrival. The first-hand secrets of Memphis are now in my repertoire and I am well prepared to make your visit exceptional. Not in any particular order but this is an account of our visit.

Our tour began with a stop at the I-40 Welcome Center, on the Mississippi River across from Arkansas. We were welcomed by bigger than life statutes of the two kings, B. B. King and Elvis Presley.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas.

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Former Underground Railroad station with a basement where slaves hid before heading North to freedom.

Beale Street was officially named the Home of the Blues by Congress.

National Civil Rights Museum. Housed in the historic Lorraine Motel, An immersion of the civil rights struggle . . . the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Interactive exhibits, films, artifacts, and Isaac Hayes' gold-plated, peacock blue Superfly Cadillac Eldorado.

LeMoyne-Owen College. A four-year liberal arts college in the historic Soulsville district and Memphis’ only historically black college.

The Historic Mason Temple. Where Dr. King gave his famous and last speech, I've Been to the Mountain Top. He was assassinated on the next day.

Upon stopping at the I Am A Man Plaza we were fortunate to have an inside visit to the Clayborn Temple, an organizing location for the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike.

Other historic landmarks on our tour included the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, the Mississippi River, Auction Square, Cotton Row, and historic neighborhood sites.

The Adventure Continues

For the next several days our adventure continued with other major attractions independently and/or as a guided group. We visited to several hotels in Memphis suitable for individuals and groups.

Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a mega sports retail store. A hotel, a swamp with live alligators, duck aviaries, observation deck, and a restaurant at the top. Former home of the Grizzlies. The glass floor observation deck is 28 stories up!

Beale Street Landing. At the foot of Beale Street is the home to the American Queen Steamboat Company and Memphis Riverboats.

Graceland. No visit to Memphis is complete without a tour of the Elvis Presley home. Airplanes, stage costumes and the Elvis Presley's Memphis Entertainment Complex.

Peabody Ducks. What a red carpet entry to the Peabody Hotel lobby water fountain.

Where To Stay

It is best to stay downtown near the trolley lines, easy access to the attractions. If on the trolley line ask for a room on the quiet side. The train station is about two quick blocks from the trolley line.

We stayed in the downtown area, met the staff at several hotels. Below are some of the hotels visited. Each is near restaurants and entertainment venues. All are within walking to Beale Street, FedEx Forum, AutoZone Park, the Orpheum, etc.

Where To Eat

Lookout at the Pyramid. Indoor and outdoor seating with panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the Memphis skyline.

Jim & Samella’s House will make mouthwatering memories. You will want to return again and again.

Be sure to find your way to Central BBQ -- pulled pork, brisket, ribs, wings, smoked sausage, homemade potato chips -- and barbecue nachos.

Food Truck Thursday @ Court Square. A foodie paradise! You will definitely want more than one lunch from the different vendors.

For Your Entertainment

Beale Street -- restaurants, nightclubs, live music, and museums. Entertainment in every club, corner, nook, cranny, garden, and alcove. In the summer, Wednesday night is Bike Night, motorcycles galore. B. B. King’s Blues Club, Hard Rock Café and the W. C. Handy Home & Museum etc.

Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra; ballet, opera, pop and jazz concerts. The Orpheum Theatre, Broadway shows, film series, Ballet Memphis, and special events.

Golf, tee off for your hole-in-one experience. Basketball enthusiasts can hoop at the FedEx Forum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis Tigers. AutoZone Park has the baseball diamond. Memphis is the home base for FedEx.

Memphis Rock n Soul Museum. Showcases the artist that put Memphis music on the map -- jug bands and jazz orchestras to blues, rock, soul . . . .

Sun Studio. Where Elvis made history and other music greats got their start.

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