After blogging about the Grizzlies game earlier this week, I started thinking about so many of the reasons I love Memphis. We really are a city of All Heart. Grit. And Grind. In explaining the terminology from the game, I found myself thinking about how Memphis is a city full of brokenness, but also a city of people who come together over a common goal. Whether it’s in sports or defending the best BBQ or coming together to bring healing to this place. Too many articles and blog posts have been written about how terrible Memphis is so today I want to share some of the awesome things Memphis has done in the past year.
According to the National Geographic Travel editors, Memphis is one of the Best Trips of 2013 in the WORLD! And MSN agrees by saying Memphis is one of the top 20 best travel destinations!
And according to Travel and Leisure, we are one of the best cities for an affordable getaway (so naturally you guys all need to come visit me!).
Also according to Travel and Leisure, we have one of the most charming accents in America. I pick up accents easily and people ask all the time if I’ve lived in Memphis my whole life because I sound like a Memphian. Now that I know how charming I sound, I’m pretty proud of that. 😉
And while you’re here in Memphis enjoying your affordable vacation and our charming accents, you might as well try out TWO of 10 the best BBQ joints in America according to National Geographic.
While we’re talking about Memphis eats, you can also try out two of the best 33 burgers in the country while you’re here.
But of course our food is great – even Southern Living acknowledges that we are one of the tastiest towns in the South! And the reader’s choice of USA Today heralds Memphis as having the 4th most iconic food in America.
And of course while you’re here, I’ll take you to visit Downtown Memphis which according to Forbes Magazine is one of the the country’s top 15 emerging downtowns!
While we’re downtown we’ll naturally check out America’s most iconic street, Beale Street.
Speaking of icons, Memphis has two of the 10 most iconic American attractions (even though I know very few locals who have actually been to Graceland, haha!).
And we can even go to a Grizzlies game which means you will have attended a game played by the NBA’s #1 Best Sports Franchise of 2013!
And who knows, you might love Memphis so much that you decide to stay here and live in the 4th cheapest place to live in the United States.
Once you are living here, you will naturally have a job and then you can be ranked among the top 10 cities where workers are most satisfied with their jobs.
And when you are here, you will be among the most generous people. Memphis is the second most generous city in the United States (based on percentage of income given to charity). That my friends, is something amazing considering the incredible poverty in so much of this city.
I. Love. Memphis.
And this is just the “official stuff” out there on the internet from this past year. I can go on and on about the incredible food, the amazing free concerts, the festivals, the people, and all the reasons why I love this city. In fact, I often do which is why there’s a whole tab on my blog dedicated to “Walking In Memphis”. 🙂 Happy Wednesday, friends!