Time off can be hard to come by, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t see the world. Best Western’s “48 Hours” series shows how travelers can experience some of the best offerings in a destination in a single weekend. You will be exposed to the most amazing elements in dozens of regions with an itinerary that leaves plenty of room to explore. The first destination in the series is Memphis, Tennessee. Let’s get started!
Have breakfast at the Pancake Shop
A great Tennessee breakfast will always include a tender slice of country ham and an order of grits. At the Pancake Shop, you better add a short stack of their famous pancakes.
Elvis Presley’s home and lifestyle is one-of-a-kind. Walk through his home, which is replete with personality and authentic memorabilia, and catch a glimpse of the early years of rock and roll in America.
Eat a barbecue sandwich lunch at Three Little Pigs
If you want great Memphis barbecue sandwiches, this is the place locals will tell you to go. Sweet molasses barbecue sauce and pulled pork shoulder, fresh from 20 hours in the smoker will have you feeling more than satisfied.
Explore the blues on Beale Street
There’s more than just rock and roll in the historic Memphis music scene. Beale Street was at the epicenter of blues in the mid-1900s. A young musician by the name of B.B. King made a name for himself as “the Beale Street Blues Boy” before his career rocketed to stardom. Walk the street and explore the shops of this historic area.
Dinner and drinks on Beale Street
While you’re there, Beale Street is also lined with noteworthy and famous bars to grab a bite and cold brew. Silky O’Sullivan’s and Rum Boogie Cafe are a few favorites. A dozen more bars are just a few steps away.
Relax and rest at a nearby Best Western
There are three Best Westerns in the city of Memphis alone with several others just a few miles away.
Breakfast at the hotel
Save some money and start the day off right with a delicious complimentary breakfast at the hotel.
Visit Mud Island River Park
With a full belly, it’s time to retreat to a long island, found just on the Tennessee side of the Mississippi River. Bike trails, pedal boats rafts and more make this a great spot to spend the morning with kids or just getting some fresh air and exercise on your own.
Eat lunch at Belly Acres
Memphis chefs have even left their mark on burgers. Swing through this popular spot for their signature sandwich: a bison burger sandwiched between waffles.
Discover rock-and-roll history at Sun Studio
In 1950, Sam Phillips opened his iconic studio and became a centerpiece in rock-and-roll history. His studio recorded tracks for some of the most influential artists in modern history, including: Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, U2, Ringo Starr and more.
See a show at B.B. King’s Blues Club
There is a live performance almost every day at the blues club. Talented local artists embrace the spirit of the Memphis blues for audiences of locals and tourists.
Enjoy your last night in Memphis at a nearby Best Western
There’s a lot to see in Memphis – 48 hours isn’t enough to even scratch the surface. Fall asleep dreaming of your next visit and planning to see, hear and taste the next round of Memphis marvels.