LIMU Nation is taking over Memphis, TN in a matter of days—and once again, we’re making Blues City, BLU’s City!
We’re going to #BLUITUP at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, and while we’re there for company-wide recognition, success trainings and a good time—you’ll likely have a little downtime to scope out the city.
Here are some of the top attractions and things to do in Memphis:
1. Cruise Beale Street
If you love live music and downhome food and drink, you’ll love Beale Street. Start your stroll at one end, and by the time you get to the other, you’ve experienced the heart of blues, rock and roll and soul. Although it can be a little touristy in some sections, there’s always great people watching to be had. A walk down Beale street is a must—if only to say you’ve done it.
2. Hit up Graceland
If you’re a fan of the King, a visit to Graceland is probably on your bucket list. The ultimate Mecca for Elvis lovers is less than a 15-minute drive from the Memphis Cook Convention Center and #LIC2016. One of the most iconic tourist destinations in the area, Graceland is arguably the most famous rock and roll residence in the world. A visit to Elvis’s mansion and final resting place will give you a sneak peek into the life and times of an American legend.
3. Indulge in Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
OK, so it’s not very #LEANin2016, but you absolutely have to stop by for a fried-chicken meal at Gus’s. The recipe for Gus’s “hot and spicy” chicken is a family secret that has been winning over tourists and food critics alike for over 60 years. Since everything at the always-packed restaurant is made fresh on the spot, be prepared to wait—or call ahead with your order.
4. Check out the Peabody Ducks
Why not duck into the luxurious and beautiful Peabody Hotel lobby to see the world-famous marching mallards carry out their legendary and eccentric routine? For nearly a century, every day at 11am and 5pm, the Peabody Ducks visit the lobby fountain for a dip before returning to their posh suite on the top floor of the hotel. You’ll want to get there a little early, as this popular family attraction can get a little crowded.
5. Visit Sun Studio
Known as the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, this historic recording studio has hosted such greats as Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis—and modern musicians like U2, Def Leppard and John Mellencamp. The venue is a little small and can be crowded on the weekends, but if you’re a music lover it’s definitely a worthwhile attraction to work into your Memphis visit!
6. Pay homage at the National Civil Rights Museum
Built around the former Lorraine Motel, where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968—the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the history of the Civil Rights Movement, spanning from the 17th century to present day. Be prepared for a profound and moving experience if you visit this acclaimed museum, which is easily accessible by trolley from downtown Memphis.
7. Feel the music at BB King’s Blues Club
Named after one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, BB King’s lives up to the legendary performer’s reputation. Some would argue that BB King’s is home to the best live music on Beale Street, and for many, a night out there while in Memphis is a must. You can go for the Southern soul food, or you can go for the music … most go for the music.
8. Explore the Memphis Pyramid & Bass Pro Shops
If you’re looking to kill some time and take in one of the most visited attractions in Memphis, head over to the Memphis Pyramid, which transformed into a mega center for Bass Pro Shops in 2015. This refreshed tourist stop is much more than just an outdoorsy retail experience. On top of shops and restaurants, the Memphis Pyramid has manmade creeks and large aquariums throughout—and you can also take an elevator ride to the top to see an amazing view of the city and the Mississippi River.
9. Get a Taste of Memphis at Central BBQ
Central BBQ is a favorite among tourists and locals. Enjoy a plate of Memphis style BBQ that’s been dry-rubbed to perfection, marinated for 24 hours and slow-smoked in a pit over a combination of hickory and pecan woods. Aside from the traditional dishes, you’ll want to try the smoked wings and BBQ nachos. Like most top eateries in Memphis, expect a crowd.
10. Step Back in Time at the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum
Located at the corner of legendary Highway 61, “The Blues Highway,” and world famous Beale Street, the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum is one of the city’s most prominent tourist stops. If you want to hear the entire story of Memphis music history, you can get that and so much more for just a $12 admission fee at this celebrated museum.