Advice on Visiting Memphis

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  1. richtone

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    My wife and I are planning a trip to Memphis next year to soak in some blues history. I’d love to get advice from anyone who knows the ropes. I want to see Sun & Stax Records and the Rock & Soul Museum, and Graceland. I also found a Memphis to Mississippi Delta day tour to Clarksdale which seems amazing - the tour stops at Dockery Farms! In Memphis, I’d like to stay at the Peabody at least for a night (it’s a bit pricey for the whole stay).

    This trip has been on my bucket list for more than a decade, and now that it’s happening I want to enjoy it!

    If you’ve been, or live there I’d love to hear about what not to miss, what we might want to skip, places to eat, and any other tips. Also, what time of year is good for a visit (not too crowded, decent weather, etc.).

    Thanks!
     
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    Memphis is part tourist trap, part dusty old museum, and part crackhouse.

    Take care what part you end up taking the little lady visiting


    Places like Clarksdale pretty much roll up their town roads on a Sunday
     
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    Been to Memphis a time or two. Locals will tell you to stay on Beale St. Lots of crime in that city. Some of the 'burbs seem great.

    I was on the great Race twice, and stopped there both times!
     
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    There's a Double Tree just around the corner from the Peabody...you can pop in and see the ducks, etc. and still be within walking distance of Beale Street. Don't skip Sun...it's a great tour and you're right on top of everything. I haven't done the tour down into Mississippi, but it sounds like something I'd want to add to the agenda the next time I there. Our excursion into Mississippi took us through Holly Springs (home of R.L. Burnside, birthplace of a lot of Faulkner's fictional world) and on into Tupelo. So Clarksdale next time.
     
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    Spend two nights at the Peabody. You’ll thank me. There’s really no place else close worth staying regardless of cost.

    It takes two nights to get in and out of all the clubs on Beale and check out the bands for a few songs each. Buy the wristband.

    Day trip from there to Graceland (getting seedier all the time) and the historic studios.

    Memphis was always a little rough but the post-Katrina years have added to crime issues.
     
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    It is not the same place that it was even 25 years ago.

    I don’t mean to burst your bubble.

    You can find some outstanding food. The Civil Rights Museum is well worth the time too. Music is hit or miss these days. Lots of crime-ridden spots.
     
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    And they're pretty marginal the rest of the time, as well.

    This whole concept depended on Memphis as your entry or exit point. But Memphis is not heeding its end of the bargain, and Music is collectively moving to Nashville and surrounds and parts of Tennessee to the east of that such as Chattanooga.

    I'm writing this from a suburb of Memphis, and my sense is the Music World is passing this place by. It may be too late to live in this past.

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    A tour out of Memphis going South through an area with such strong memories, sounds cool but many of the folks who used to live through there are either now doing the Big Casino thing or they're in heavily mechanized agriculture or they've left for better opportunities. The quaintness that people are looking for is pretty hard to find in this area.

    Edit: I just wanted to add, you might get a far stronger glimpse into the past, traveling south in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, going to Tangiers Island or the Tidewater areas of Virginia; going into some undisturbed rural areas in far Eastern North Carolina.
     
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    Gus's Fried Chicken.
     
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    Sun studio
    Stax Records
    Graceland
    Rock and Soul Museum
    Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel
    Beale street
    I thought they were all great.

    Gibson guitar factory used to be right downtown but I hear it’s closed now
     
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    Don't miss Clarksdale; hit the Blues Museum and Ground Zero (right across the street)--you might see Morgan Freeman (he owns it). Good food and great music. Zip over to Oxford; check out the Square--Shrimp 'n Grits at City Grocery is a treat; Square Books is world famous; Ajax Diner for Southern home cooking, many other very good restaurants and shops. Drive over to New Albany to visit Faulkner's birthplace, also a nice museum. Specialty Restaurants on Bankhead Street; biking on the Tallahatchie Trail. Motor over to Corinth and the Railroad Museum; Corinth Civil War Battlefield is very good. Tupelo has Elvis' birthplace and the Buffalo Park. Actually quite a lot to do, and prices will surprise you (favorably).
     
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    There's a BBQ place in Memphis with several locations. Of course I get the chicken or the turkey, but it is called "One & Only". I like the store on Germantown between Wolf River and Walnut Grove.

    I like it better than The Commissary.
     
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    So much great advice, thanks!
     
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    We were there a few years back. We stayed at The James Lee house. check it out. Don't forget Sun Studios, the Lorraine Motel and the National civil rights museum. There is an excellent BBQ place right across from the Lorraine. The Ducks at the peabody were a fun sight, but you don't need to stay there to see them. There is a great upscale restaurant there called Flight if you're into that. Have a great trip !!!
     
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    Don't miss Rendezvous BBQ in Memphis - you'll thank me. As others have said, don't venture off of Beale later at night.

    ALL of the Mississippi advice above is good. You might find some good music on the square in Oxford, too if you're near there.
     
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    Como steakhouse is good steak. Its near Memphis. If you like good music, try and catch the Kingbees at BB Kings Blues Club. They're great.
     
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    Favorite BBQ restaurants are up for debate in Memphis, but I would recommend Central BBQ (now with at least 3 locations). If you're ready to throw any sense of dietary restriction to the wind, Gus's fried chicken is great, and Gibson's donuts.

    Someone else has mentioned Flight also. A step up in price range, but very good.

    A walk across the Harahan bridge and back is a good way to see the river and work off some of the decadent food.
     
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    Go to Beale Street as said 1,000 times before, you can catch an afternoon set with David Bowen, roam around and on a good night hear some serious soul groups. I'd check out Ernestine & Hazels too as there aren't many left like that place....it would violate every code in the book in a developed city. Other than that, I'm not too familiar, but any city on the Big River has it's place and feel.





    I'm not into Banana Pudding and I love their Banana Pudding with sickly addiction, great BBQ joint.
     
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    Pay attention to your surroundings.
     
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