Like most big cities, Memphis has an impressive downtown skyline. But we've also got sweeping river views, big sunsets and way more trees than you'd think from the ground (seriously, look east from downtown – the whole city seems green). Assignment #152 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to take a look at Memphis from above.
Here are some of my favorite rooftop views of the city:
The Madison Hotel's roof deck is probably my favorite. It's intimate and romantic and usually, not very crowded.
The Peabody Hotel's roof is a classic – it's big, the views are great, and they throw big parties up there. It's also the only roof in the city that has a giant penthouse built for ducks. It's a great location, but it's not as intimate as the Madison – due to its location and status, it's a favorite with tourists and locals looking for a good view.
Once Beale St. Landing opens later this summer, its grass-covered, sloped roof will be a great picnic spot (and place to watch incoming river traffic).
Clark Tower (the tallest building in East Memphis) doesn't have a public rooftop, but they do have the Tower Room, a bar on the 33rd floor where you can see most of the city (including the downtown skyline) through big arched windows.
If you're lucky enough to make it to an event at Emerge Memphis, check out their roof deck on the fifth floor – it's tiny, but it's got a unique view of downtown from the south.
Lastly, it's unlikely that you'll ever get up there (very, very few people have), but the view from the FedExFourm's bowl-shaped roof is pretty cool:
Where's your favorite Memphis rooftop?