Memphis Named Top 20 Must-See Places in the World

(Memphis) For the second time in a month, Memphis is getting attention for all the good happening in our city.

First Trip Advisor named the Bluff City number two for American cities on the rise.

Friday, National Geographic called Memphis one of the top 20 must see places around the world.

The magazine is on to something tourists have known for years; there’s a lot to see in Memphis.

“I’m very impressed,” said Kathy Schiewe, who flew in from Detroit, Michigan with her husband. “[There is] a lot of history. We really enjoyed seeing Graceland. The Peabody was unbelievable.”

The Schliewe’s  stops include Beale Street,  the National Civil rights museum and, of course, barbecue.

“The people are unbelievable,” she said. “They go out of their way to take you to different sites.”

The article says Memphis made the list because of a new spark in the air led by the Stax Museum and its efforts to better the city.

The magazine says Memphis is becoming a town of grassroots projects helping create a vibrant community.

“I like Memphis, but I’m a little shocked that it was voted top 20 places to visit,” said Sara Duckett.

She and many others who have lived in Memphis most of their lives, say it’s hard to realize all the good, like Shelby Farms because poverty and crime often overshadow it.

“It’s the same scene over and over again but to other people it’s fun because of Beale Street and everything else,” she said.

Clearly the city is doing something right as people choose Memphis as a place to see.

“Definitely a place I would come again,” said Schliewe.

Read the article: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/best-trips-2013/#/shangri-la-records-memphis-tennessee_61106_600x450.jpg