Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Galleria Inn & Suites
Located just a few minutes outside of Memphis, the Best Western Galleria Inn & Suites has everything you need for a quick getaway. Each morning you can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast of waffles, fresh pastries and fruit, yogurt, and arabica coffee.
Get sweaty: There’s a 24-hour fitness center.
What’s on TV?: Guest rooms have cable TV with HBO.
Distance to Memphis Zoo: 13 miles
Distance to Beale Street: 17 miles
Memphis, Tennessee: Blues, Barbecue, and Beale Street
Perhaps nothing better represents the history of Memphis than the Main Street Trolley, the city’s faithfully restored public transportation system. Solid-brass seats, hand-carved mahogany corbels, and antique lighting fixtures on trolley cars recall the city’s glamorous past. A 2.5-mile route through downtown drops travelers off at The River City’s best modern attractions, all with a near-constant view of the river. Notable trolley stops include the historic Pinch District and the National Civil Rights Museum.
No trip to Memphis would be complete without a full plate of Memphis-style barbecue. First slow cooked in a pit, its iconic ribs are served “wet”—brushed with tangy sauce before, during, and after cooking, or “dry”—rubbed in spices and eaten without sauce. Of late, Memphis has embraced the national food-truck scene, and some of the city’s best restaurants can now be enjoyed on the go.
B.B. King, Elvis Presley, and Muddy Waters are some of the many musicians who made their names in Memphis blues clubs. Excellent live music can still be heard nightly on Beale Street, both on the street itself and in its many clubs. If soul music is more to your liking, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music resides in the former location of Stax records, where artists such as Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, and Sam & Dave once recorded.