TripSavvy, a leading travel site, has named Memphis the best overall travel destination of 2019. The site has highlighted the fact that the city has been completely redeveloped, affording visitors a wealth of attractions.
"Memphis is a hotbed of activity. Formerly abandoned lots and buildings are now fun spots for tourists and locals," TrippSavvy said. "If you’ve visited Memphis before, it’s time to go back. The city is alive with change; you might not recognize it."
The honor coincides with Frommer's selection of Memphis one of the best travel destinations of 2019. On TripSavvy, Memphis was competing with cities like Berlin, Atlanta, Rapid City and Tokyo, which were edged out by the Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll.
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Among the highlights recommended by TripSavvy, visitors will find the following:
The Mississippi River, the second longest river in North America, forms Memphis' western border and is why the city is known as "The River City" and "Bluff City." There are nearly five miles of parks along the river which are ideal for outdoor recreation.
In addition, riverboat cruises, canoe rentals, and other water activities are available. Visitors can also walk along a scale model of the lower Mississippi River on Mud Island, a park along the river, or cross the Mississippi on the Big River Crossing, a new bridge with walkways and bike trails.
Beale Street, the most famous street in Memphis, is the home of the blues. There are more than 25 bars and clubs featuring rock, soul, and blues, including Silky O' Sullivan's and B.B. King's Blues Club.
The National Civil Rights Museum showcases the civil rights struggle in the US, as well as the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The museum is located inside the renovated Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated in 1968.
Memphis is celebrated for its barbecue. A favorite restaurant is the Rendezvous, which has been in business since 1948 and specializes in ribs, pulled pork, BBQ bologna, and deep-fried BBQ Cornish game hens. Also, Central BBQ features Memphis style slow roasted meat, while the Bar-B-Q Shop offers an array of tasty sauces and seasoning.