memphistrolleyFor those living in the Midwest, there are only a few options for hitting the “big city” — St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.

Our trip to Memphis might be one of the most unorganized trips I’ve ever taken — but for good reason. Now I can provide you with a list of things that we should have done — and I plan to do on my next trip to Memphis.

1. Catch a show at the Orpheum Theatre. This historical theatre first opened in 1890 as the Grand Opera House and was known as the classiest theatre outside of New York. After a few remodels, changes of owners, and many happy show watchers, the Orpheum Theatre is still on e of the top stops in Memphis.

2. Shop until you drop at the Muse. Looking for some sassy southern fashion, I hear nothing but good thing about the Muse in Memphis Tennessee.

3. Try something tasty at the Beauty Shop Restaurant Lounge. They say the food is so pretty you will not want to eat it.


4. See Memphis by Trolley. I cannot believe that I went to Memphis and did not ride the trolley. My next trip to Memphis I will ride the trolley or I will not leave!

5. Visit the King’s Graceland. Memphis is home to the one and only Elvis Presley’s Graceland.  Visitors can follow the same steps as Elvis himself did and enjoy an audio-guided tour through his beautiful mansion.

6. Memphis MOJO Tour. Take a two-hour musical journey through Memphis full of music, history, and comedy. This tour and Backbeat Tours have been rated 5 stars by tripadvisor.

7. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. This 86,000 square foot museum is full of art for all ages. Current exhibits include Made in Sweden, Will Henry Stevens, and Animefest.

8. Take a tour of The Mallory-Neely House. The 25-room home was built in 1852 and contains stenciled and stained-glass windows purchased at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.