Downtown Memphis

Urban renewal of Memphis’ downtown over the last decade-plus has transformed a gloomy business district into the city’s top destination for dining, sporting events, live music and Southern hospitality. Visitors shouldn’t miss popular attractions such as the world-famous Beale Street and the daily Duck March (pictured) at the Peabody Hotel. The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange traces the economic migration of blues people from Delta farmlands to the Bluff City. A short walk away, the Center for Southern Folklore paints a broader cultural portrait of the region. For historic context on the nonstop live music spilling out of Beale Street saloons, visit the early residence of W.C. Handy, “The Father of the Blues.” A recent influx of new residents has ignited a restaurant boom—from soul food to barbecue to fine dining—that should tantalize those with palates as diverse as the city.

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