Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series.. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Memphis? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Memphis?”
There’s something here that other cities don’t have, and though it’s not perceptible with the naked eye, it is a feeling that connects with the heart. There’s an energy that pervades the very streets on which Marc Cohn famously walked, and it’s tinged with blues, sadness, history, culture, excitement and grit. Memphis has a soul. You have to walk it yourself to believe it. Whether it’s following the banks of the mighty Mississippi, roaring along the edge of downtown or on the hallowed ground of Room 306 in the Lorraine Motel, here are a few options to consider when you do make the trip.