There's a brand new way of seeing Memphis and all of its great attractions. All you need to do is hop on the Hop On Bus.
The idea is not new. In fact over the years others have tried to pull off the concept but to no avail.
MORE: Hop On. Tune In. Rock Out. ... http://www.memphishop.com
Two Hop On buses will be stopping at every big attraction in Memphis once an hour Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The cost for an all-day hop pass is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 12-17. Once you purchase a ticket you can hop on and off the Hop On bus in a 24-hour window.
So if it is such a great idea, why has it not been done before? Melvin Bledsoe, president of Blues City Tours, wanted make it happen. He knows the business. He started out washing Grey Line tour buses as a young man and started Blues City Tours 25 years ago.
"I had lunch with a friend of mine who was my mentor as well at DeJaVu last day of January," he said. "Ray George. He's a very good friend of mine, very instrumental in helping this Hop On Bus get off the ground. I brought the idea to him at lunch. So he grabbed a paper napkin off the table and started putting together some figures, a business plan. So from there he went after to find supporters."
"so we all went to Graceland and met with Regina Gambrell and Carolyn Mireers," George added. "They are really the professionals on this type of adventure, and between the three or four of us we came up with a plan and sort of went from there."
Bledsoe and George came up with their business plan in 90 days.
One Memphis attraction that's expected to get a lot more visitors because of the Hop On Bus is the National Ornamental Metal Museum and that's because it's not easy to get to. Some people say it's even harder to get away from.