This week marks the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birth. Known as the King of Rock and Roll or simply “The King”, Elvis put the rock and roll genre on the map.
Elvis’ legion of fans still make the trip to Memphis, Tennessee every year to visit the Graceland Estate. However, there is a lot more to Memphis than just rock’n roll. Blues is another musical highlight you can’t miss. Beale Street is the home to many music halls and has produced more famous songs than you can shake a stick at. While you’re there, check out the Memphis Walk of Fame or go on a guided ghost tour of the notoriously haunted city.
Beale Street | ©Curt Hart/Flickr
Then there’s the food, and Memphis is a city known for its barbecue alone. You’ll find everything from tip to tail smothered in the delicious sweet and tangy BBQ sauce that’s unique to the city. If you’re brave enough, there’s even the world famous bar-b-q spaghetti at the former grocery story-turned barbecue restaurant, Interstate Bar-B-Q on Third Street.
Memphis is square in the middle of the south’s rich history; from its days as a cotton and lumber business center to its monuments in honor of the civil rights movement. One of the most well known of these is the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.
Memphis is a great place to soak up some of what it truly means to be an American.