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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

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: Historic Sites; Monuments & Statues; History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Sun Studio
Sun Studio
Owner description: Sun Studio - The place where an 18 year old Elvis Presley recorded his first song. It’s well-known in the music industry as "The Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll" and the most... more Owner description: Sun Studio - The place where an 18 year old Elvis Presley recorded his first song. It’s well-known in the music industry as "The Birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll" and the most famous recording studio in the world. Opened by rock pioneer Sam Phillips in 1950, this national Historic Landmark is where superstar musicians like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others started their recording careers. Today, Sun Studio still serves as a recording studio in the evenings while hosting public tours during the daytime hours. less
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Graceland
Graceland
Owner description: Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, is the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley's Graceland is open daily with tours of Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ custom... more Owner description: Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, is the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley's Graceland is open daily with tours of Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ custom jets and our new entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The new complex includes a new automobile museum, Presley Motors, and Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, the world’s largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world, as well as many more exhibits, restaurants and shops. The tour of Graceland Mansion features an interactive, iPad tour with additional enhancements including photos, video and more. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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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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Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, is a 17,000 square-foot museum offering interactive exhibits, videos, vintage musical instruments used to create the Stax sound, stage... more Owner description: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 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: Educational sites; Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Gibson's Donuts
Gibson's Donuts
Ranked #1 of 1,440 Restaurants in Memphis
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar - Memphis
Ranked #2 of 1,440 Restaurants in Memphis
Price:
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Jerry's Sno Cones
Jerry's Sno Cones
Ranked #3 of 1,440 Restaurants in Memphis
Cuisines: Street Food, American, Fast Food
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Parking Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Ranked #4 of 1,440 Restaurants in Memphis
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Ranked #5 of 1,440 Restaurants in Memphis
Price: $6 - $12
Cuisines: American
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Memphis-Graceland RV Park & Campground
Memphis-Graceland RV Park & Campground
$75
Travelers Inn and Suites Memphis
2.0 of 5
Travelers Inn and Suites Memphis
$69 - $113
Ranked #59 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
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Pilgrim House Hostel
Pilgrim House Hostel
$31 - $64

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
3.0 of 5
Staybridge Suites Memphis - Poplar Ave East
$133 - $196
Ranked #5 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
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Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Shady Grove Road
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Shady Grove Road
$116 - $198
Ranked #7 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
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Comfort Inn Downtown
2.5 of 5
Comfort Inn Downtown
$143 - $247
Ranked #8 of 136 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
$261 - $432
Ranked #1 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
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Big Cypress Lodge
5.0 of 5
Big Cypress Lodge
$239 - $383
Ranked #3 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
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The Peabody Memphis
4.5 of 5
The Peabody Memphis
$238 - $503
Ranked #4 of 136 Hotels in Memphis
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