Planning a trip to the Birthplace of Rock n' Roll? Glean some Memphis-piration from this list that includes a variety of activities from world-famous attractions to where the locals frequent.
1. SATISFY YOUR SWEET FIX
(Credit: Gibson's Donuts)
To offset the savory barbecue, join the local crowds at Gibson's Donuts for a blueberry cake donut or classic glazed; then stop into the ever-colorful, locally-owned Muddy's Bake Shop for a Prozac chocolate cupcake or slice of peanut butter pie. Muddy's is deemed "Memphis' happy place" for confections and conversations.
2. WALK ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI THIS OCTOBER
This fall, the largest public pedestrian bridge across the mighty Mississippi River will open its gates. Whether on bike or by foot, get ready for a new point of view of the city.
3. DRINK A LOCAL BREW
(Credit: Memphis Made Brewing Company)
Memphis' craft beer scene not only comes with unique flavors and combinations (such as Wiseacre's "Gotta Get Up to Get Down" espresso and beer blend), but it also encompasses unmatched tap room atmospheres—Taste a beer flight from Memphis Made's Midtown warehouse, High Cotton's intimate hangout in The Edge District, Wiseacre's Broad Avenue bustling patio, and the soon-to-open Ghost River Downtown tap room.
4. LISTEN TO LIVE MUSIC
Whether bluegrass at Loflin Yard, blues on Beale Street, or rock-n-roll at the Levitt Shell—Take your pick or visit all the talent during a weekend evening in Memphis. Check out more live music venues.
5. BOWL AT BASS PRO
Go inside of the world's largest Bass Pro shop, located at the entrance of Downtown Memphis, for an "underwater" Fish Bowl bowling experience, complemented by themed drinks and fare.
6. SAMPLE THE 'QUE
Memphis is as famous for its barbecue as it is for its rock n' roll and blues legends. Ask the locals their favorite spots and you'll instantly have a long list of barbecue restaurants serving up delicious dishes from ribs to chicken to died-and-gone-to-heaven pulled pork. Check out Tennessee's Barbecue Trail that travels through Memphis and across the state.
7. TASTE THE FARM IN "FARM TO TABLE"
Saturday mornings in Memphis amass farmers market crowds, rain or shine, for fresh produce, food trucks and complementary live music performances. Take a stroll through farm booths at Downtown's Central Station location, Midtown's Cooper Young parking lot pop-up, or East Memphis' Agricenter set-up.
8. RIDE THE GREENLINE
Experience the city's connectivity through a 10.8-mile urban bike and walking trail, welcoming locals and visitors for a natural tour through Memphis and its Greenline bookends—Shelby Farms Park (the largest park of its kind in the country) and Midtown Memphis.
9. RELIVE THE HISTORY
Understand Memphis' gripping yet uplifting Civil Rights and music journey through impactful tours of the city's historical landmarks, including: The National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, and Elvis Presley's Graceland.
10. GRIT AND GRIND
Visit the FedEx Forum for an enthralling Memphis Grizzlies' home game, where the spirit of Memphis shines through every basket. If visiting during the offseason (May-October), represent the "Grit and Grind" mentality through a blue and gold t-shirt available throughout downtown retail stores.