Can’t Help Falling In Love… With Memphis

Elvis’s career took a turn on Beale Street.

The Memphis road is called the home of the blues. It now includes 25 bars and restaurants. The street was a big influence in Elvis’s early trajectory, as it’s where he immersed himself in the music of such artists as B.B. King and Big Mama Thornton.

You can engage with Elvis history, and much of the musical history of the country, on Beale Street. Get started at the Memphis Rock n Soul Museum (, which tells how musical styles born from 1930s sharecroppers were forged in the explosion of Sun, Stax, and Hi Records. Then tour nearby Sun Studio ( where musical legends Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis were discovered. It’s known worldwide as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll.

Read the full story at Indianapolis Monthly.

‘Chez’ Chesak is an award-winning travel writer, tourism consultant and 25-year veteran of the outdoor and travel industries. He is Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and formerly was the Vice President for Business Development for the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Executive Director of the Family Travel Association. He has been serious about his writing since about age eight. He also runs the Central States Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers. He’s lived all over the U.S. and traveled to some 36 countries but has the most fun when he’s exploring with his wife and two daughters. An avid outdoors person, he’s happiest on a trail, on skis, or nestled into a sleeping bag. He deployed to Iraq with a U.S. Army line unit in 2005. His works have appeared in the Los Angeles Times,, Good Housekeeping, Rachel Ray Every Day, Fatherly, Yahoo Travel, Family Vacation Critic, and many others. He also does periodic travel segments for the morning show of his local FOX affiliate and on American Forces Radio.

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