Perched above the mighty Mississippi, Memphis bustles with excitement and energy. It's full of fun and unique things to do, see, taste and experience however, what's sure to move your soul like few other places can is the city's rich history and incredible musical heritage.
At the heart of this musically rich city is iconic Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues, where artists like WC Handy and BB King began performing. Today the music and entertainment still pulse with three blocks of nightclubs, speciality shops, galleries and restaurants. At nearby Sun Studio, you can take a guided tour and discover where a veritable roll call of music royalty began their recording careers, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. You can also learn about music pioneers at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum while at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, see where greats such as Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes launched their careers.
Be sure not to leave Memphis without seeing Graceland, home of Elvis Presley and the most famous rock 'n' roll residence in the world. See the Jungle Room, the Pool Room and TV Room; see an amazing array of his stage clothes and Grammy awards; and learn how his revolutionary style and unique sound changed the face of popular music and culture forever.
At the National Civil Rights Museum, which is located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, exhibits include the room in which Dr Martin Luther King Jr resided and where in 1968 he was assassinated. At the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis, don't miss the daily ritual of the marching ducks, while at Mud Island River Park you can explore the Mississippi River Museum.
When it comes to dining in Memphis, the speciality is barbecue with more than 100 restaurants to tempt you, but there's also comfort to be found in Southern-style soul food, authentic Italian and Mexican cuisine, burger joints, breweries and bars.
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- Superb museums
- Elvis Presley’s Graceland
- Historic Beale Street
- Mississippi River
- Deeply atmospheric
- Delicious barbecue