Travel to Memphis, Tennessee – Episode 424

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Hear about travel to Memphis, Tennessee as the Amateur Traveler talks to Lance from about this city where he has lived on and off for 20+ years. Lance tells us that there is more to Memphis than Elvis and Graceland.

Why should you go to Memphis? “Music history, if you are familiar with the Beatles, the Beatles might not exist if it wasn’t for Memphis. There were some great guitar players here. I hear that Elvis was someone those guys looked up to. Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash came around a little while later, but music history is so important to what this city is.”

“And of course food. When I travel I love to dive into the local food and there is so much in Memphis to enjoy. You might have to loosen your belt a little bit after you leave the city. We are known for some really good BBQ, a little bit of fried food, but there are some really good restaurants in the city that do things healthy, organic ingredients. The whole farm to table movement is definitely alive here.”

“Downtown over the last 15 years, there has been such a revitalization. There is just so much activity and restaurants have followed. There are some good museums down there. There’s a lot going on. Stay near Beale street even though that is kind of the tourist Mecca. It’s a 3 or 4 block street. It is the old African American main street. It’s were their businesses thrived in the Jim Crow south where they could only have businesses in certain areas. There was so much activity on Beale street. A lot of restaurants and blues clubs but in the last 30 years the street went dead. In the mid 80s they went back in and revitalized it. There’s a lot of bright lights. There’s some music there.”

“There are some great museums there, Sun Studio where it al started. Elvis recorded there, Jerry Lee Lewis, U2 has recorded an album at Sun. There is so much magic there. It’s a great tour. The Rock and Soul museum opened in the late 90s. It is a Smithsonian project. They wanted to do museum about the true roots of rock and soul. It’s a great museum. Just outside of downtown you can go to the Stax Museum. You learn so much about that 60s music that was made here. The National Civil Rights Museum is at the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was assassinated. It’s a great place to learn the story of the civil rights struggle.”

Lance also talks about Graceland where he once worked as a tour guide. Civil Rights, Music, good food and a hotel that has ducks in the lobby, where else but Memphis.

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Show Notes

Trips by Lance
Memphis Travel
Beale Street
Sun Studio
Rock N Soul Museum
Stax Museum
National Civil Rights Museum
Mason Temple
Westin Memphis Beale Street
Gibson Factory Tours
Peabody Memphis
Madison Hotel Memphis
James Lee House
BB King’s Blues Club
Blues City Cafe
Handy Park
South of Beale
Ghost River Brewing
High Cotton Brewing
Wiseacre Brewing
Memphis Made Brewing
Cooper-Young, Memphis
Memphis in May
World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest
Central BBQ Memphis
BBQ Shop
Corky’s Rib & BBQ
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
The Arcade
The Little Tea Shop
Restaurant Iris
Felicia Suzanne
Flight Restaurant
Shelby Farms Park
Overton Park
Memphis About
I Love Memphis
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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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