Memphis Travel Guide: What Not to Miss in Memphis, Tennessee…
5. Eat a fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich at The Arcade: Decidedly not good for you, but delightful nonetheless, is Elvis’ favorite sandwich at Memphis’s oldest restaurant–and one that claims the King as a regular. (Order a tall glass of milk with your sandwich. You’re going to need it.) If you’re an Elvis fan, you can also tour Graceland while you’re in town.
4. Watch the daily march of the Peabody Ducks: It’s tradition! Every day at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM, the ducks that swim in the lobby fountain at this Memphis landmark hotel march themselves down a red carpet either to or from the elevator. Kids are given front-row access, and the ducks march for free (you don’t have to be a hotel guest to watch the fanfare).
3. Eat the best fried chicken on earth at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: This restaurant lives up to its name–and is worth the wait. (Plan accordingly.) Order the fried chicken (duh) and sides and absolutely anything they’re serving for dessert (trust me).
2. Wander down Beale Street: Just try not to sing “Walkin’ in Memphis” as you do–just try. (We couldn’t help ourselves.) Beale Street is choked with tourists, but it’s Memphis. You can’t skip town without a visit.
1. National Civil Rights Museum: Housed at the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in the National Civil Rights Museum is a must-see. Moving, heartbreaking, educational. Do not miss this museum. You can ride the vintage Memphis trolley there from downtown (map here).