Memphis and its surrounding metropolitan area is home to over one million people, the 40th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. Located on the Mississippi River just east of Arkansas and north of Mississippi, Memphis is in the southwest corner of Tennessee. The areas that make up the Memphis MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) are the counties of Crittenden, Desoto, Fayette, Shelby and Tipton.
Memphis is a dynamic city with lots to see and do. The FedEx Forum Arena which opened in 2004 added to the resurgence of Downtown Memphis. Shops and eateries are thriving as the Forum plays host to tremendous crowds as home to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball team as well as the national powerhouseUniversity of MemphisTigers basketball team. Other events include major concerts like The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Destiny's Child, along with major boxing events, ice shows, the circus and more.
Turn-of-the-century trolley cars, restored to their former elegance, have returned to Main Street. They follow the same paths of their post-Civil War, mule-drawn predecessors, providing down town workers and visitors with convenient transportation and an exciting way to see the sights.
Down on Beale Street, music lovers from around the world come to sample the blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll, and if they're lucky, catch legendary B. B. King and his guitar "Lucille" entertaining at his Beale Street club. Likenesses of W C. Handy and Elvis look on as both young and old watch the streets where Handy, Memphis Minnie and Howling Wolf made their mark.
Beale Street is a favorite of both local and national blues artists who play in the many nightclubs or in HandyParkThe city's musical past is chronicled at the Memphis Music and BluesMuseum where you'll hear rare recordings and see vintage memorabilia from Sun Studios and Stax Records.
The MemphisCookConvention Center features the new, state-of-the-art 2,100 seat CannonCenter for the Performing Arts, home of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. The center also features over 300,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space.
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Updated: 25th June, 2019 8:11 PM.