365 Things to Do in Memphis #18: Drive West, Young Man
If you’re going downtown from the east, you can easily complete assignment #18.
The assignment is to drive into downtown Memphis by heading west on Madison Ave. It’s not the most conventional (or efficient) route, but it does have the best view.
When Madison crosses over I-240, the street turns perfect. There’s a nice panoramic view of the back of downtown, the trolley tracks don’t interfere with traffic and the air always smells like Wonder Bread. The view is especially pretty in the mornings, when the light from the rising sun bounces off of the buildings.