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Best of Memphis Guide

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Memphis
Memphis is a pilgrimage for those wanting to visit the birthplace of the blues, of soul and of rock 'n' roll. On Beale Street, W.C. Handy put down on paper the first written blues music. Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all recorded at the historic Sun Records, which is now a museum. Graceland, the second most-visited home in America, welcomes visitors from around the world who yearn for a peek into the life of "the King." Beyond the music, Tennessee's largest city also offers much more. It has more sunny days each year than Miami, and combines southern tradition and hospitality with modern amenities. You'll enjoy great dining (be sure to sample the barbecued ribs), art galleries and exciting... more Memphis is a pilgrimage for those wanting to visit the birthplace of the blues, of soul and of rock 'n' roll. On Beale Street, W.C. Handy put down on paper the first written blues music. Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all recorded at the historic Sun Records, which is now a museum. Graceland, the second most-visited home in America, welcomes visitors from around the world who yearn for a peek into the life of "the King." Beyond the music, Tennessee's largest city also offers much more. It has more sunny days each year than Miami, and combines southern tradition and hospitality with modern amenities. You'll enjoy great dining (be sure to sample the barbecued ribs), art galleries and exciting nightlife. less

All things to do » Things to do

Sun Studio
Sun Studio
Recording studio where Elvis Presley made his first record.
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Memphis Zoo
Memphis Zoo
YaYa, a female Giant Panda that calls the Memphis Zoo home, enjoys a sunny day.
Attraction type: Zoos
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National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
Owner description: At the place of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'S death in 1968 in Memphis, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum is a renowned educational and cultural institution. The Museum... more Owner description: At the place of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'S death in 1968 in Memphis, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum is a renowned educational and cultural institution. The Museum chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement with compelling presentations of iconic exhibits, oral histories of lesser-known civil rights foot soldiers, and visceral, in-the-moment experiences. Visitors will learn through emotionally charged, multi-user, multi-touch interactives, and a visually engaging, contemporary exhibit design that guides you through five centuries of history. Bring the whole family. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Specialty Museums; Historic Sites; Monuments/ Statues
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee at 926 E. McLemore Avenue, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering... more Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee at 926 E. McLemore Avenue, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage costumes, photographs, records, and approximately 3,000 other items of memorabilia that tell the unique story, from beginning to present, of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and the Memphis Sound.Artists highlighted include Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Little Milton, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, and hundreds of others. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Educational Sites
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Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Admission prices: $6 adult, $5 senior, $4 student. Free if 5 years old or under.
Attraction type: Art Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Muddy's Bake Shop
Muddy's Bake Shop
Ranked #1 of 1,264 restaurants in Memphis
Cuisines: American
Terrace At The River Inn
Terrace At The River Inn
Ranked #2 of 1,264 restaurants in Memphis
Price:
Cuisines: Tapas, Bar, Café
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis
Ranked #3 of 1,264 restaurants in Memphis
Price:
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken
Ranked #4 of 1,264 restaurants in Memphis
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, South American, Chicken Wings
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Ranked #5 of 1,264 restaurants in Memphis
Dining options: Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Commodore Hotel Linden
3.0 of 5
Commodore Hotel Linden
$70 - $98
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Linden
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Northeast College Inn Booneville
Northeast College Inn Booneville
$27 - $65
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Booneville
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
3.0 of 5
Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
$113 - $162
Ranked #4 of 134 hotels in Memphis
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis East/Galleria
2.5 of 5
Fairfield Inn & Suites Memphis East/Galleria
$104 - $145
Ranked #5 of 134 hotels in Memphis
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La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis East-Sycamore View
2.5 of 5
La Quinta Inn & Suites Memphis East-Sycamore View
$89 - $116
Ranked #6 of 134 hotels in Memphis
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

River Inn of Harbor Town
4.0 of 5
River Inn of Harbor Town
$237 - $354
Ranked #1 of 134 hotels in Memphis
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Madison Hotel
4.0 of 5
Madison Hotel
$210 - $344
Ranked #3 of 134 hotels in Memphis
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The Peabody Memphis
4.5 of 5
The Peabody Memphis
$238 - $387
Ranked #10 of 134 hotels in Memphis
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