Memphis

In the Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and the Home of the Blues, the culture is all about soul—or, as the Memphis Grizzlies would call it, Grit and Grind. It's the energy behind the city's recent renaissance and the sparks of creative drive that are powering new thinking and doing: Revitalized historic neighborhoods Overton Square and Cooper-Young are now bustling meccas for retail, music, microbreweries and award-winning restaurants. You can still find the city's ever-famous barbecue, but talented and hungry chefs are also cooking fearless food. And a burgeoning local beer scene—after a wave of breweries, taprooms and brew festivals launched several years ago—is still on the rise. There's no better time to visit. — Hannah Bailey, Contributor