If you’ve been to Nashville lately, you’ve probably noticed how packed it is.
There’s a current trend of bachelorettes and their bridal parties flocking to Nashville for one last wild weekend before heading to the altar — and they’re not the only ones overcrowding Nashville.
Music lovers and travelers searching for that Southern charm aren’t going to find it in Nashville anymore.
The true soul of Tennessee is in Memphis – The Home of the Blues.
I didn’t know anything about Memphis when I was recently given the opportunity to visit.
It exceeded all my expectations.
This was the first time I truly experienced Southern Hospitality, and it was so refreshing.
There is so much to experience and explore in Memphis that I couldn’t do everything that I wanted to do in the little time that I had there, but now I’m dying to go back!
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Anticipation From The Start
My room at the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis had an amazing view of the city that immediately got me excited to explore more of what Memphis had to offer.
For an even more impressive scene, the Hyatt Centric has a breathtaking view from its Beck & Call rooftop whiskey bar, where you can see the famous “M Bridge” light show that lights the way to Arkansas over the Mississippi River.
The rooftop also offers views of the Memphis Pyramid, downtown Memphis, and so much more.
Venturing Out Into Memphis
If you want incredible live music, then you should head to Beale Street and grab food and drinks at the infamous B.B. King’s Blues Club or try some of the many other famous spots up and down the strip.
Beale Street is filled with blues, soul, rock-n-roll, and jazz music every night. The heart of Beale Street is less than a five-minute walk from the Hyatt Centric.
Some of the world’s best barbeque is just down the street at Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous barbeque restaurant. Not only did they have incredible barbeque ribs and brisket, but the food was delivered to the table super fast.
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In The Footsteps Of The King
The city of Memphis is filled with famous locations that Elvis frequented.
The Arcade Restaurant was one of his favorite eateries, and it’s rumored that he went there so much that they put in a door at the back of the restaurant just for him to avoid the crowds and have easier access to his favorite booth.
Elvis fans come from all over the world to sit in his booth and eat his favorite sandwich – a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich with mayonnaise.
If you’re like me, that sandwich combination doesn’t sound remotely appealing, but I was surprised that it actually tastes way better than it sounds (I know, I know… but try it!).
Iconic Music Moments
For music lovers, Memphis has a rich history of famous R&B and Blues musicians around every corner.
Of course, there’s the famous Graceland, which is just a short drive from downtown Memphis. The incredible former home of the king of rock and roll is visited by dedicated Elvis fans every day.
For an even more interesting experience, head to one of my favorite spots in Memphis — Sun Studio, where the history of music was changed forever.
On the tour of the studio, you are brought to the recording room where both Elvis and Johnny Cash were discovered.
It’s also the very spot where the infamous picture of the “Million Dollar Quartet” was taken of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
Step Back In Time
There’s more to Memphis than just music. Some of the most important moments in history happened in the heart of Memphis.
The Civil Rights Museum takes you on a revealing tour through the history of the civil rights movement and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The museum was founded out of the very hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was killed and holds a touching memorial to the civil rights leader.
Walking through the place where he shared his last moments was a powerful experience and one that I’ll never forget.
Memphis Has Otherworldy Experiences
In true Southern fashion, Memphis also has a more eccentric history filled with legends of spirits and ghosts that haunt every corner of the city.
We took a fascinating Ghost Tour where we walked the spooky city streets at night. The tour was filled with playful, but sometimes chilling stories of the inhabitants of Memphis that never left the city after their death.
This was such a fun experience, but I would suggest sleeping with a night light on after the tour if you’re a scaredy cat like me 😁.
To help you recuperate from the spookiness of the Ghost Tour, I highly recommend taking a tour of the Old Dominick Distillery and discovering how Tennessee whiskey is made, along with a fascinating history dating back before the prohibition.
The tour includes a tasting at the end, where you can try my personal favorite, Old Dominick’s famous Toddy — my new go-to drink!
Where To Stay In Memphis
Speaking of the Old Dominick Distillery, the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis is just a short walk down the street and is the perfect home base for exploring all Memphis has to offer.
The Hyatt Centric is in the perfect location, with the incredible views that I mentioned earlier. The room was so spacious and beautifully put together with a rustic modern Memphis vibe — and the bed was super comfy!
There are so many amazing amenities on the property, but the best part about the Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis are the kind staff members who prove what Southern Hospitality is all about.
I simply cannot recommend this place more for your next trip to Memphis!
**Travel Off Path was a guest of Hyatt Centric Beale Street Memphis who helped with the creation of this itinerary by hosting some of our accommodations and attractions. Our opinions, recommendations, and suggestions remain our own.**
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