The Travel Channel has featured shows about delicious foods and amazing places in the world to visit. Now they’ve set their sites on Memphis!
In a recent article, the Travel Channel stated that Memphis is the hottest southern destination of 2019!
With things like our world-famous barbeque, our impact on the civil rights movement, and our works of art, it’s no wonder why we are on their radar.
Memphis is a cultural melting pot in the South. It’s also an easy destination to travel to, no matter where you might be coming from. Whether you’re flying from New York or driving down from Indianapolis, it’s easy to visit, which is one of the reasons why it is such a hot destination.
Perfect For All Ages
Travel Channel highlighted a number of reasons why Memphis is such an excellent travel destination for this summer. Why? Because there’s something for everyone to do, no matter the age.
Summer is the perfect time for families to get out and travel with school no longer in session. Because of this, the perfect destination needs to have activities for children of all ages. Yes, you’ll find plenty of cultural sights for educational purposes, and what child doesn’t love some sticky, messy BBQ? But beyond all of this, there are fun outing activities that both you and your children will love.
Just Some of the Great Activities
There’s no limit to the activities you and your family can take in. With the hundreds of possible southern locations Travel Channel could have selected as its hottest southern travel destination, the reason it picked Memphis was because of these limitless activities.
You can visit the River Line Trail, which was just recently renovated and finished. With kid-friendly activities along the water, fun tree houses, a 30-acre Tom Lee Park, plus festivals taking place throughout the summer, this is a prime destination when you want to get outside, take in the water, and enjoy your time with your family.
Are you an Elvis fan? Even if you were born after the King of Rock passed on, you’ve likely heard his music and know just how important he was to moving the music scene around the world forward. Well, you owe it to yourself to discover Graceland. While in Memphis you can visit the King’s music room, and a fan favorite “Jungle Room,” which is the literal definition of a Man Cave. Just make sure to pick up the Elvis favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich (which is, naturally, deep friend).
Make Your Own Memphis Memories
We could list out the hundreds of reasons why you should come to visit Memphis. From the food to the music to the culture to the festivals. But that takes some of the fun out of discovering Memphis for yourself. Travel Channel doesn’t just pick destinations on a whim. After all, it has television advertisements to sell, so it won’t make up random spots. It does its research and it puts its best foot forward so you can take advantage of its advice.
All of that is why you shouldn’t just read a list of things to do in Memphis. You need to come, explore, and make your own Memphis memories.
Bring your bib
Make sure to bring your bib when you visit Memphis. While there are plenty of places to see and things to do in the city, you’ll have your hands full with all the incredible food spots. And while there’s no shortage of food options, you’ll be in heaven if you’re a fan of barbecue (and if you’re not, you’ll soon be a fan after visiting Memphis).
Memphis loves its barbecue so much that there are over 100 different joints located right in the city. If you want to learn the art of barbecue, sign up for a class with the Memphis Barbecue Supply, or check out the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contests, where you’ll see the best of the best duke it out for top barbecue honors.
A life-changing history lesson
The city of Memphis is also a walking history lesson. This is one of the reasons why it’s such an excellent destination for parents and children alike. You’re never too old or too young to learn about civil rights. The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is a large compound that includes the Lorraine Motel. This is where Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. You’ll also find insights into Rosa Parks and how the civil rights movement spread throughout the country.
There are plenty of fantastic destinations found around the United States. However, few give you the same kind of life-changing history insights as what you’ll find in Memphis, Tennessee.
Keep your camera ready
You never know where you’ll find works of art in Memphis. You may have noticed graffiti has taken on new forms in recent years. No longer is it just the tagging of buildings with intricate lettering (at best). In the city of Memphis , you’ll see this form of art taken to a completely different level.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has brought on world-class artists to transform the outside of buildings around the city into incredible works of art. Many of these paintings are directly inspired by famous Renaissance paintings. So if you look up and swear you saw the larger-than-life painting in an art history class you took in college, you probably did. The big difference here is (outside of the scale) is that you’ll actually be allowed to take a picture of the painting. And trust us when we say these jaw-dropping works of building art are well worth photographing.
Every season is a good season
There’s really not a bad time to visit Memphis. There are activities and events going on nearly every weekend of the year. Plus, the summers aren’t as hot as what you’ll find farther south, and the winters are mild. So you’ll find a happy medium right here.
To check out the full article from the Travel Channel, click here!