If you're looking for a weekend music lover's escape to Memphis, here's an itinerary created for just you. Memphis is a city of music, food, history and heritage – all of it moving to the rhythm of the mighty Mississippi River. There's just something real about Memphis that gets inside you – from the holy grails of music to the marching Peaboy ducks to legendary Beale Street.
There is an irresistible soul that has drawn people here for more than a century. The soul. The deep down, feel it in your bones kind. It's in every bite of the I've died and gone to heaven cooking and every note of never heard nothing like it blues. It's what this city was built on.
Pack your bags and get to Memphis. Here are two days filled will music history and icons, amazing food and live music that will have you dancing the night away.
Memphis, Day 1
Breakfast at Tamp & Tap
Home of the bluegrass brunch and world-class coffees. Tamp & Tap is located in the heart of downtown Memphis at 122 Gayoso. During the week, you'll find delicious breakfast selections such as Nutella Brioche Toast or Biscuits & Gravy. On the weekend, brunch is a favorite with dishes such as Low Country Benedict and Red Eye Shrimp and Grits.
If you're an Elvis Presley fan, you must visit Graceland. Memphis' most popular attraction is also the world's most famous rock ‘n' roll mansion at 3717 Elvis Presley Boulevard.
Lunch at Gus's Fried Chicken
Gus's is hailed by many as simply the best fried chicken on the planet, but you won't know until you try it. You can find the "world famous" fried chicken at 310 S. Front Street in downtown or in East Memphis at 730 S. Mendenhall Road.
Stax Museum of American Soul
Stax Records is a vital part of American music history because it's one of the most popular soul music labels of all time. It launched the careers of such legendary artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T & the MGs and numerous others. The museum is located at 926 E. McLemore Avenue.
Dinner at The Majestic Grille
What began in 1913 as the Majestic Theatre is now a 1940s-style bar and grille. Watch the downtown trolley roll by while you enjoy steaks (aged 21 days), fresh seafood and gourmet burgers. The signature flatbreads are great for an appetizer or meal. Check their website schedule before going for daily specials or special themed dinners.
Legendary greats such as B.B. King, Isaac Hayes and others showcased their talents on Beale Street. The three-block span is lined with nightclubs, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants. It's the perfect way to dance away the first night in Memphis.
Memphis, Day 2:
Considered by many to be the most famous recording studio in the world, Sun Studio is where rock ‘n' roll was born and made. It's located at 706 Union Avenue.
St. Blues Guitar Tour
Sometimes doing the things the old way is the best way. Nowhere could that be more true than at St. Blues Guitar, where every guitar is designed in hand-made in this downtown Memphis (645 Marshall Avenue) workshop.
Lunch at Beauty Shop Restaurant
At this offbeat eatery, the décor pays homage to the space's beauty parlor past, while the food offers flavors from around the world. As their slogan says, "Look good. Eat good." And, you definitely will with lunch favorites such as the Thai Steak Salad, Fish Club Sandwich, Beastie Boy Sandwich or the Watermelon & Wings. Beauty Shop is located at 966 Cooper Street in the trendy Cooper-Young neighborhood.
Blues Hall of Fame
The Blues Hall of Fame honors those who have made the blues timeless through performance, documentation and recording. Located at 421 S. Main Street in downtown, the new attraction also is home to The Blues Foundation.
Memphis Music Hall of Fame
America's music exploded out of Memphis. Today, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame honors many of the greatest musicians of all time, who created the city's storied music legacy. The Hall of Fame is located downtown at 126 S. Main Street.
Dinner at The Second Line
The menu is full of classic New Orleans dishes and features some of Chef Kelly English's favorite dishes from his childhood in the Big Easy. English was named Food & Wine's 2009 Best New Chef in the country. See why, when you taste the po-boys or the starters such as the Natchitoches Meat Pies or the decadent Andouille, Crawfish & Pimento Cheese Fries. Also try his other spot – Restaurant Iris. The Second Line is located at 2144 Monroe Avenue.
Lafayette's Music Room
Some 38 years after going dark, the legendary Lafayette's Music Room returns to the heart of Memphis' revitalized Overton Square (2119 Madison Avenue). In the early 1970s, the venue served as a key tour stop for up-and-coming acts such as Billy Joel, KISS, Big Star and Barry Manilow. Today, the bar and restaurant features two live bands every night of the week, and southern-inspired cooking.