Many people have asked how to see Memphis and Nashville. We just came back from a fantastic trip and this is how we did it.
Wed morning at 9:am we arrived at Memphis Airport and picked up our rental car . Since Graceland is near the MEM airport, We went there first and did the Platinum tour.. After lunch at Pearls Oyster House, we went to Stax Studio. Because we got up at 3 am for our flight, we didn’t have the energy to hit Beale St. that night.
Thur morning we had breakfast at The Blue Plate Cafe. Then we took the 11 am Mojo Extended Music tour which included Sun Studios. After the Mojo tour we went to The National Civil Rights Museum ( the Lorraine hotel). About 4:30 pm, we walked to the Peabody hotel to view the quirky tradition of the ducks marching down the red carpet.
We then had dinner at The Blue City Cafe on Beale St, for ribs After dinner we went and listen to Soul and Blues music on Beale St. We especially enjoyed the outdoor patio at Silky O’Sullivans. The next morning ( Fri) we ate at the Arcade Diner, where Elvis used to hang out. After breakfast we drove to Nashville. The drive is about 3 1/2 hours .
Fri night we hit the honky tonks on Broadway. Sat late morning we went to Tootsies ( yes , it was still very lively with great music at 11 am but less crowded then at night. . We did the Backstage tour of The Rymen theater, . We had a late lunch at Pucketts.. Then later that night We went to the Grand Ole Opry show at The Rymen ( GOO is only at the Rymen in the winter months.) Sunday morning we went on the Music Row Confidential bus tour , then went to Roberts Western World. Later that day we went to the Johnny Cash Museum and again hit the Honky Tonks on Broadway. Monday morning we flew out of Nashville. Our car rental with drop off fees was about $350.)
We had an absolutely delightful trip. Though,two totally different towns, we loved both Memphis and Nashville and found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. We easily struck up conversation with the locals and with people from all around the world. Beale Street and Broadway where a lot of fun, with lots of music ,neon and vibrancy. It was easy to stroll from one venue to the next ( there are no cover charges ) to hear great music. The music and music history in both towns were amazing.
Tips: Rent a car to see more. Bring your GPS . Have a plan, but allow spontaneity.
Tip the bands ( thats how they make their money) as well as your servers and tour guides. Go to the smaller Honky Tonks at night, and the more famous ones during the day to avoid crowds. Relax and go with the flow. Thank you Memphis and Nashville for your wonderful hospitality.