Memphis Tennessee has been shaped through time, music and through the famous Mississippi River. Chickasaw Indians were first attracted to the Mississippi Rivers bountiful banks followed by the French and British settlers. Traded fast and furiously up and down the
Mississippi were cotton, many other goods and an abundance
of slaves. Today Memphis is home to a pleasant
climate, top-notch schools, abundant recreational
opportunities and enjoys a high quality of life. Memphis
Tennessee is also the five time winner of the "Nations
Cleanest City" award and boasts well-kept parks
and natural landscapes as well as fantastic historic neighborhoods.
Music rooted itself deep into the heart of Memphis Tennessee
and eventually transformed into the iconic Memphis Blues
and then blossomed as rock n' roll in the 1950's.
Memphis Tennessee is tantamount with music and the most
favored attractions and events in the city revolve around just that, music. When in the
city imperative attractions to get the full feel of music history in Memphis are Sun
Studios, Graceland and
many of the Memphis museums that center around musical
history such as the Rock N' Soul Museum and the
STAX Museum of American Soul Music. If you love music
you'll love these attractions even more.
During your Memphis travel outings there are many points of interest to visit and explore. The Memphis Zoo and Aquarium is a popular hotspot among visitors as is the Memphis Botanic Gardens. There aren't many places you can go during your Memphis travel without having a musical experience of some kind. Called the "Mardi Gras of the Mid-South" the Memphis Beale Street Music Festival (Memphis in May Music Festival) is the most exciting event happening at the end of April on historic Beale Street. This festival features all the greats such as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and John Lee Hooker.
Using public transport when getting around to different Memphis attractions is a breeze and a vast amount of things to see are found in the downtown area. The city services Memphis and area with 244 transit vehicles including vintage trolleys, conventional buses and paratransit vans.
With its rich cultural and historical background Memphis
attractions abound and there isn't a lack of things
to do! Follow the winding Mississippi River on a River
Walk at Mud Island. From New Orleans Jazz to Memphis Blues, learn about the musical history
made in cities along the river and the thriving cotton
industry which used the river to ship cotton between cities.
The Memphis Queen Riverboats are also a fun way to see
more of the Mississippi River and are a favorite of Memphis
attractions. Relive an era in American history and ride
the paddlewheel boat just like Mark Twain did while listening
to a narration of sights long the way. There are dinner
cruises available with a buffet, music and dancing
as well as a moonlight music cruise and day cruises in
the warmer months.
A Memphis vacation is really an exciting way to spend some time away. Music lovers will be in pure heaven on a Memphis vacation and will likely be dragging travel mates from one musical attraction or museum to the next! Musical history in Memphis shaped music all around the world and today, much like back then, visitors can eat, breathe and live music on a Memphis vacation.