Friday, January 15, 2010

Memphis: Things To Do And Sights You Don't Want To Miss

Memphis Things To Do And Sights You Don't Want To Miss

A walk in Memphis will instill many fun experiences for most travelers. It has even inspired a song in the 90's. Remember the line "Then I'm walking in Memphis, walking with my feet ten feet off of Beale...Walking in Memphis, but do I really feel the way I feel."? If you don't then don't worry, you'll find an assortment of things to do while on a visit to Memphis, from a relaxing walk to more action oriented activities, and in time you'll see yourself loving Memphis just the way the singer of the song did.

Memphis in Tennessee is located on the northern part of the Mississippi. A big city like Memphis has a lot of sights that are interesting to people who visit. Among these is the Mud Island River Park and Museum, where you can enjoy cruising, rafting and boating. The Mississippi River and the River Walk is perfect for a bicycle ride if you enjoy that kind of stuff.

You can view a replica of the Mississippi River at the River Walk. It is a detailed representation of the River Walk in that every 30" stride is the same as one mile of the river itself. The replica also has all the complete details of the real thing including the cities, landmarks and bridges along the river banks.

The Mississippi River Museum is interesting to history buffs and there are historical sites that you can visit. Adults and children alike will enjoy the Memphis Aquarium which has six large aquariums, all filled with various river creatures. Have you ever seen a life size replica of popular mode of transportation in Mississippi? Namely a large steamboat? Well you'll get to see one at the River Museum.

Campers can pitch their tents in the various camping sites in Memphis. For barbeque lovers out there, The Elvis Presley Boulevard has the best food Memphis has to offer and is close to "Home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock n' Roll", Mississippi River RV Park (located also at the Elvis Presley Blvd.) and if you want to be near the famous Beale Street, 8 miles from there is the Graceland KOA Campground.

The attractions in Memphis is what makes the place so special. All kinds of celebrations take place in Memphis annually, for all kinds of different occasions. There are many festivals that are celebrated in Memphis, from the Carnival Memphis that celebrates the local industry, an Italian Festival, an art competition that attracts various artists from other states called the Cooper Young Festival, the annual celebration of the King Of Rock And Roll and other festivals that are too many to mention.

One festival that attracts huge crowds is the Memphis International Festival in May. Four main events will take place at the festival: the Beale Street Music Festival (the three-day musical event that kicks off the Memphis in May), the International Week (aims to expose the youth to different cultures from around the world), the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (the largest barbecue competition in the world), and the Sunset Symphony (the closing event where the Memphis Symphony Orchestra performs).

A vacation to Memphis is something unforgettable. We should know how the singer feels about Memphis...

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