Just back from our hols in the US of which Memphis was one of our stops. We were unlucky enough to have a number of problems with our hotel but we made the best of it and had a good time anyway.
We found some lovely restaurants to eat in on the trolley line stop closest too Beale Street, (apologies the name escapes me at the moment but it was a new place, with ourdoor seating) and had a great time listening to the music in the bars along Beale Street. We also visited Graceland and it was so worthwhile. We were blown away by allthe information you received and they was the house was set up. We particularly enjoyed having a quick look around the "Lisa Marie" plane, if only all of them were outfitted like that!
One of the few disappointments was the lack of shops downtown, the exception being a few in Peabody Place. We did make a brief trip to the Wolfchase Galleria which was great but onyl if you have access to a car, it's quite a bit out. i do have a question though that maybe someone can answer: Where are all the people???
During the day (mid-week) we barely saw half a dozen people along the trolley route at the back of the Marriott. There seemed to be a lot of offices in the vicinity but we never seemed to saa any life in or around them. It was a little strange. A large number of people we did see seemed to be homeless. But they left you alone for the most part.
We had no car in Memphis and travelled there from Nashville by Greyhound. We toyed with the idea of driving but in the end took the lazy option. I had received some great advice in relation to they bus station before travelling and thankfully we had no problems. I think if you are up to take the early buses 9/10am your chance of problems are a lot less. Our bus back to Nashville was 1/2 empty which was great as we had plenty of space to stretch out.
All in all we had a good time in Memphis. Graceland was a major highlight and Beale St at the weekend is lots of fun. Midweek we found the place to be a bit deserted. By the way we encountered such friendly people there, so thank for treating us so well and making our hols memorable for allt he right reasons!