It's fitting that the city of Memphis's FedEx Forum was key to revitalization of downtown Memphis.
It's named for the city's beloved Federal Express, the global logistics firm founded by hometown boy Fred Smith. It's home to the National Basketball Associations favorite underdogs - the Memphis Grizzlies. And the Forum even has one of the city's museums contained right inside it - the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, which is curated by the Smithsonian Institution.
With it's just-off-the-foot-of-Beale Street location, the Forum is central to many of the city's top attractions. The National Civil Rights Museum, located in the historic South Main district, is an easy walk or quick trolley ride away; along the way, you can pop into the galleries and local shops that have helped re-energize the area. To the west a few blocks is the Mississippi River, best viewed from the wide expanse of Tom Lee Park or at Mud Island River Park, where you can walk along a scale model of the river, and learn all about the river's rich and somewhat turbulent history at its museum.
The city's most whimsical (feathered) residents, the Peabody Ducks, call the historic hotel home - and their daily march to and from their rooftop home is a must-catch.
Exploring some of Memphis's best attractions is easy for those coming to the FedEx Forum; thanks to its central location.