With its location right along the Mississippi River, Memphis has always been a major transportation hub—it was actually one of the first places in the lower Mississippi where travelers could cross by car. Consequently, it later became a hub for the Civil Rights Movement, as striking sanitation workers enacted one of history’s most important civil rights protests; and, following Martin Luther King Jr.’s tragic assassination here, the National Civil Rights Museum was constructed. We’d be remiss not to note the other, major cultural significance of this city: It’s the home of blues and rock ‘n roll, as championed by the likes of BB King, Elvis, and Johnny Cash. (Meanwhile, Memphis is having a major culinary renaissance, so a proper revisit is long overdue.)

Bars & Barbecue

The Great Outdoors

Museums & History

Restaurants & Specialty