About Angela A
Lives in Louisville, Kentucky
Since Oct 2012
I love to travel. I am not happy unless I am planning a new adventure, returning to a beloved city, or blazing a trail to somewhere I have never been before. My favorite places in the world are London, New Orleans, Disneyland, and Salem, Massachusetts. I also love to write about everything and anything to do with travel. I have penned travel guides for TripAdvisor on Jamaica, Nassau, Charleston, Savannah, Nashville, Punta Cana, Kissimmee, San Juan, Panama City Beach, Louisville, Cincinnati, Key Largo, Biloxi, Tampa, Cleveland, Clearwater, Branson, Pigeon Forge, and Phoenix.
Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Speciality Museums
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Monuments & Statues
Points of Interest & Landmarks
History Museums, Parks
History Museums, Speciality Museums
History Museums, Natural History Museums
Musical legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded at Sun Studio. Today, guests can visit the 'birthplace of rock 'n' roll' on a guided tour.
From the outside, the Lorraine Motel appears relatively untouched since the infamous day when Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated here in 1968. Inside, though, it's been transformed into a memorable and moving museum, with interactive exhibits that bring to life the major events of the Civil Rights movement: Visitors can sit at a Woolworth's lunch counter, join the 1963 March on Washington, and board a replica of the bus where Rosa Parks made her stand.
Starting at the Mississippi River and stretching almost two miles, Beale Street is an entertainment mecca packed with clubs and bars, restaurants, and unique shopping experiences. But this rockin' street, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966, is of course best known for its music scene. Stroll down Beale and you'll likely hear everything from blues to jazz to rock 'n' roll spilling onto the same street that played a big role in making many of those genres famous.
Years ago, the world's first bronze statue of Elvis Presley was erected on Beale Street, and it's been attracting fans for photo ops ever since.
Situated above BB King's Blues Club, Itta Bena feels almost like a speakeasy or a secret hideaway. The rustic yet elegant fine dining restaurant serves up delicious southern fare (think she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and duck and waffles) with nice views over Beale Street.
No visit to Memphis is complete without stopping at the famed mansion of Elvis Presley. Graceland's over-the-top decor is every bit as flashy — and as fabulously kitschy — as you might have imagined it to be, including a jungle room, a faux-waterfall, and a guitar-shaped pool. In addition to the tours of the mansion, Graceland also features a number of special museums and exhibits, including a car museum, the King's planes, and clothing displays. Depending upon how many of the additional buildings you wish to visit, it is easy to spend an entire day here!
Located on the Graceland estate, Rockabilly's Burger Shop is a great place to stop for a bite while walking between museums. In addition to the usual diner fare, it serves a yummy peanut butter and banana sandwich, the King's favorite.
The Mud Island River Park is situated on a peninsula surrounded by the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers. With picnic areas, a river walk, and a monorail, it's a great place to spend an afternoon on the river.
The Mississippi River Museum at Mud Island Park has 18 galleries full of history! You can explore more than 500 artifacts, including two replica boats here. Plus, the River Room boasts a 5,000 gallon freshwater aquarium, and there are five galleries dedicated entirely to Memphis music.
Memphis Riverboats offers sightseeing and dinner cruises in a historic Paddlewheeler, and you'll enjoy both local historic and cultural commentary as you cruise along the 'Mighty Mississippi.'
The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 animals, housed in areas like Cat Country, the Primate Canyon, Penguin Rock, Pelican Pool, and many more. And yes, Memphis Zoo also has two pandas!
If you have even a vague interest in art, a visit to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is a must! The permanent collection alone boasts more than 9,000 pieces, which is why it is Tennessee's largest and oldest art museum.
This lively tavern offers what might just be the best burger in all of Memphis! Guests also love the steak or chicken Philly Cheese subs, and there is a diverse Kids Menu if you're traveling with the family.
The Pink Palace is part of a collection of state museums and attractions, which includes the CTI 3D Giant Theater, the Sharpe Planetarium, the Lichterman Nature Center, and the historic Mallory-Neely and Magevney Houses. The Pink Palace Museum is located in a pink marble mansion that once belonged to Clarence Saunders (founder of the modern supermarket), and inside you can explore a replica of his first Piggly Wiggly, as well as other unique cultural exhibits.
The Memphis Botanic Garden sits on 96 acres, showcasing various forms of plant life. Be sure to bring a picnic for the Pine Groves Picnic Area.