The website Thrillist is constantly looking for new and exciting places to visit, foods to try and destinations to discover. Recently the website released an article about the 15 coolest places around the world to visit in August. Memphis just happened to make the list. Here are a handful of reasons why Thrillist decided to name Memphis in a group that included everything from Palm Springs and Barbados to Costa Smeralda and Budapest.

All of the festivals

With the bicentennial for the city of Memphis happening throughout 2019, Thrillist noted that festivals and activities are taking place over the course of the whole year. It highlighted the different food festivals, as well as the upcoming Delta Fair. Of course, Thrillist made sure to point out the pig races and carnival rides at the Delta Fair. If you’re around Memphis beginning Aug. 30 through Sept. 8, be sure to come out to the fair.


For music fans, taking in Graceland is a must. Beyond just visiting Graceland, though, Thrillist also mentioned Elvis Week. While Elvis Week has already come and gone (it started on Aug. 9 and went through Aug. 17) you can plan for the week next year.

Don’t forget Beale Street

Beale Street is one of the most famous streets in the country. There’s always something going on here, and during the Memphis bicentennial, even more is taking place than normal. If you’re visiting, you absolutely need to stop by and take in this world-class location for bars, clubs and live music.

Some of the top world destinations

Many of the destinations on the list for the top 15 coolest places around the world to visit in August were international (although it did have a handful of other spots in the United States). These locations include Edinburgh, Scotland; Kazakhstan; Argentina; Queensland, Australia; Cotswolds, United Kingdom; Budapest, Hungary; Costa Smeralda, Sardinia; and Barbados and Anguilla.

Other U.S. destinations

Thrillist did include a handful of other places in the United States as top travel destinations in the month of August. The cities are spread out throughout the country, but the list includes the Catskills, New York; Boston; Reno, Nevada; Traverse City, Michigan; the coast of Maine; and Palm Springs, California.

Discover the city of Memphis for yourself

If you live in Memphis, you already know why it’s a top travel destination (and why Thrillist fell in love with it). If you’re considering a move or a visit, these are only a handful of the reasons why you need to check the city out. Memphis is one of a kind and has so much to recommend it. So whether you have a few days to visit or are thinking about a permanent move, now is the perfect time to see all that Memphis has to offer.

Additional reading:

We Are Memphis

Greater Memphis Chamber

Thrillist Article

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