Why Memphis Is One of the Best Places to Live—Not Just Visit!

If there's one thing we love, it's talking about Memphis and the fantastic things happening around our city! CN Traveller named Memphis one of the top travel destinations for 2023, and we would have to agree. However, we believe our city is worth more than a few days of exploration, so we're looking at why Memphis is one of the best places to live—not just visit!

Booming hotel business

Sure, hotels are ideal for travel, but nothing beats a staycation, and Memphis is the perfect place. With iconic hotels like the Peabody to newer builds like the Memphian bringing attention to the city's cultural heritage, a weekend getaway can feel like a whole new world, even if it's only 20 minutes away. 


River Inn of Memphis is another amazing local hotel that will give you a charming experience without leaving home. Located on Mud Island, this quaint hotel offers some of the best sunrise and sunset views the city has to offer. 

Next-level dining

If you're like most people, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Memphis is mouth-watering bar-be-que. However, you can find more than a good selection of pit-perfect meats—we have several local-chef-turned-national-stars, and the choice of fine-dining options throughout the city will give you a new experience every weekend. 


Master Chef Jose Gutierrez offers fine dining and catering options, while Chef Kelly English brings elevated French-Creole cuisine in a unique yet comfortable setting. 


Check out this list for more amazing local restaurants!

Amazing outdoor spaces

Downtown Memphis boasts much of the city's nightlife, but they've been revamping the area to be a family-friendly outdoor oasis. Tom Lee Park will open in 2023 after renovations, including walking paths, pavilions, and sound gardens. Shelby Farms is one of the largest parks in the country, with 4,500 acres of green space and over 10 miles of urban trails. With bike trails, fishing ponds, horseback riding, playgrounds, and so much more, you can enjoy endless outdoor activities while benefiting from living in a city. 


These conservation efforts are going further to connect our expansive city by linking the Shelby Farms Greenline with the Wolf River Greenway. This will create a pathway throughout the entire city, from Downtown to Germantown.  

Rich history

Memphis is a city that is overflowing with history. From the National Civil Rights Museum to Sun Studios, there are several opportunities to learn about our city's history and how it impacted the country. The Pink Palace is a unique museum experience, allowing you to roam a home-turned-museum, while Graceland is a famous destination for rock n roll fans worldwide. You can also explore the following:


Never a dull moment

Whatever you're interested in, there's an opportunity in Memphis! Music and art fans can explore the various exhibits at the Brooks Museum or botanical gardens. If local shopping is your thing, farmer's markets pop up throughout the city every weekend with excellent locally-grown produce, hand-crafted items, and delicious baked goods. And if you want to celebrate the holidays with your family, the Memphis Zoo hosts some of the most spectacular holiday lights you'll see while supporting conservation efforts. 

Find your reason to call Memphis home

If you've been considering a move to Memphis, the JudyMac Team is here to help you find your home. We love this city and would love to meet you and share all the things that make that so. Contact us today to learn more about our available homes, set a viewing appointment, or ask for our favorite BBQ recommendations. We're always happy to help!


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