One Day in Memphis
One Day in Memphis
Memphis is less than four hours away from Nashville. I’ve lived in the Nashville area a majority of my life and I’m ashamed to say I had never really explored Memphis until last weekend. I went with my family for a quick trip over to the west side of the state and was pleasantly surprised with how much there was to do. I’ll definitely be planning another trip in the future. Here are some of the highlights and what I think is the best way to do One Day in Memphis.
How can anyone come to Memphis without at least thinking of Elvis? I’ll be honest here and say that I really was expecting Graceland to be all hype and just another tourist attraction I could do without. I will also be the first to admit that I was wrong. While Graceland is a tad pricey – it was actually a very interesting and unique experience to step foot into the, equally interesting and unique, home of the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Look for my more detailed review of Graceland soon!
“I have a dream” is one of the most famous quotes ever and spoken by none other than Martin Luther King, Jr. A day after King’s resonating speech, he was assassinated on the balcony of Lorraine Hotel.
The Peabody hotel dates back to the late 1800s and is an absolutely gorgeous hotel very close to Beale Street – it’s definitely worth the short walk over to take a glance inside the hotel.
Beale Street is the iconic street in Memphis – similar to Broadway in Nashville. It felt like a small scale mixture of Nashville and New Orleans. Music pouring out of all the bars and fish bowl drinks you can buy from vendors on the street, there is a definite nightlife on Beale Street.
Imagine Vegan Café
We ate at a few places in Memphis but being the only Vegan in the family, not much of what I ate was worth writing about – mainly salads and French fries – BUT I did get over to Imagine Vegan Café. When I was researching vegan places, I knew if I could only get to one, that Imagine had to be it. I was not disappointed. I went about 2:00pm and you could tell it was the aftermath of crazy lunch hour. Despite having run out of several items and being understaffed, I was extremely pleased with my service and my food. I got my food to go – ravioli – and also bought several items in their little shop section. The menu looked so amazing – can’t wait to go back and try more.
What else would you add to a day in Memphis? What should I check out on my next trip?