Memphis Travel Blog

We’ve just been to Memphis, y’all! We had a very brief 24 hours in town but still managed to fit a lot of the sights and sounds of Memphis into our visit.

We started by visiting the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. They live on the roof of the hotel and take a special lift down to the lobby every morning at 11am to march into the fountain. They then stay there entertaining the guests until 5pm when they head back upstairs for dinner. All while being looked after by the world’s only ‘Duck Master’ – Jimmy!

Later, we visited the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr was shot and killed in 1968. It was an incredibly eerie place, beautifully preserved, and the video booths telling the history of what happened there were fascinating.

We then visited Schwab’s – the longest running shop on the famous Beale Street – for tasty Brown Sugar & Bourbon and Blueberry Cheesecake ice creams. After, we took in the other sights of Beale Street – the neon, the ‘big ass beer’ deals and the barbecue!

Without a doubt, the highlight of our trip to Memphis was visiting Sun Studios – where the likes of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and Jerry Lee Lewis all started their careers. The studio is just like it was back when they recorded there and to walk on the same floor, look up at the same sound insulating ceiling tiles and hold the same microphone that they did really was an incredibly special moment.

We ended our day in Memphis with a look at the world famous night-time neon on Beale Street while taking in some of the free live music in the bars. Then it was back onto the Amtrak train for our next stop – Chicago!

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