Across the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tennessee, lies West Memphis, Arkansas. West Memphis allows visitors to have access to the Home of the Blues, while enjoying small-town life.
A jet charter airport in West Memphis introduces visitors to the charming city on the river’s edge. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the Big River Crossing that connects West Memphis with downtown Memphis. Nearly a mile long, the crossing joins a 10-mile corridor between the two cities that highlights local attractions, and includes the Big River Trail System.
Blues lovers don’t need to venture into the big city to listen to some tunes. The downtown district of Broadway in West Memphis is creating a Blues Depot where visitors can enjoy live entertainment and learn more about the area’s musical history. After all, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King all got some of their first radio exposure in West Memphis.
The Southland Casino acts as a local gaming destination. Popular gaming machines and live greyhound racing draw crowds who also enjoy the multiple dining options on-site.
For those who want to check out the Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll, Memphis is a quick ride away. Check out Graceland, the former home of Elvis, or visit Beale Street for some true blues experiences. Historians will want to see the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the site of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The museum tells the stories of the civil rights movement through special exhibits and videos.