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What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

 
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:46 AM
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What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

We'll be in Nashville starting this Friday night and will head to Memphis on Monday for 2 nights.

We're staying right downtown in both cities.

We hope to eat some good food, see/hear some great live music and see some sights. When we visit cities for the first time, we like to stay away from the really touristy spots and go where the locals go. At the same time, some spots are touristy because they shouldn't be missed...

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:24 PM
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Re: What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

If you're staying down town in Nashville you should be right in the middle of it. Wander over to 2nd Ave. or Broadway for the local country night spots such as Tootsies, Rippies, Wildhorse or B B Kings. Lot of places in walking distance. You might want to go to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium. Maybe take a walk through the gardens at the Opryland Hotel. There's loads of stuff to do in Nashville. You could spend a week there and not see it all.

For Memphis it's music and food. You'll want to go Beale Street for Blues music. If you're an Elvis fan you might want to make a trip to Graceland. Either Corkies or the Rendezvous for Ribs. You can cross the river into West Memphis Arkansas for greyhound racing or go south of Memphis to Tunica, MS for Casino gambling. Just stay on the beaten path in Memphis. It does have it's seedier side like all big cities.

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Old 03-27-2013, 12:36 AM
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Re: What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

In Nashville do all the stuff Nimrod said.

In Memphis take all your stuff into the hotel room with you, bar the door, and don't come out until daylight.

Just kidding.....sort of..

I work out of Memphis but live 250 miles away in central Mississippi. Memphis really isn't a very nice city, it's pretty much a dump. There's good BBQ, the Rendezvous is as good as any. Beale street has been cleaned up a lot over the last few years, plenty of bars and decent music. It's definitely tourist geared though. Don't get far off of Beale street, there are some real rough neighborhoods right around the corner. The Memphis Redbirds have a really nice park downtown but I think you're a couple of days early for their season opener. Graceland is a few miles south out near the airport. The neighborhood around it is real bad, finish up and get out of there before dark if you go. Graceland is worth a visit if you're a fan of the King, you've gotta see it once. The Peabody hotel is right downtown and you can go see the ducks walk. I know it's very touristy, but the ducks are just cool.

Midtown is the nicer area of Memphis, it's where the old money is. Plenty of good restaurants and nicer bars and music scene. Most of the museums are there as well as the zoo and some older mansions are opened for touring. It's too far to walk from downtown, and you wouldn't want to walk through most of the neighborhoods to get there, you'll need to take a car. Midtown is where I'd want to concentrate my efforts if I didn't want the real touristy stuff (and didn't want to get mugged).

I pretty much draw a 75 mile circle around Memphis and don't go into that unless I'm going to work. Oxford, MS, is about as close on the south side as I want to get, and Shiloh Battlefield (highly recommended) is about as close as I want on the east.
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:35 AM
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Re: What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

Thanks for the help guys. We'll definitely take all your advice.
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Re: What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

Memphis....... Take a gun.

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Re: What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

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Old 03-27-2013, 07:30 PM
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Re: What should my wife and I do in Nashville and Memphis next week?

In Nashville the wife and I did the river boat dinner cruise it is a good time. General Jackson I believe is the name of it.

Rendevois is a must in Memphis. Also seeing the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, which is right around the corner from the best BBQ you can eat at Rendevois. Graceland and the MLK museum at the Lorain Hotel is a good civil rights stop but it's not in the best part of town. Plenty of good eats on Beale St.

Either City needs more than 2 days. You will go back to do the things you decide to skip because of time constraints.
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