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Memphis for 4 days August weekend

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Memphis for 4 days August weekend

my husband and I are going to stay in Grand Casino Tunica Veranda Hotel for 4 nights - is it good? We are going to visit Graceland and Beale St no question! other than that not much plannedyet... we are renting a car so we sould like to drive around and see other places, 2-3 hours drive will be fun, but where? Also, is Tunica far from beale st? I just couldnt find any hotel with an outdor pool and things to do around by Beale street that got any good reviews, Radisson- maybe? but under construction still.

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1. Re: Memphis for 4 days August weekend

I have not stayed in that hotel but the Grand is a decent casino. I was there Friday night. Was a little disapointed to see they have started charging for drinks at the bar, but they are still free at the tables. The grand is the closest casino to Memphis so that is a positive.

Tunica is probably 25 to 30 minute drive from downtown, where Beale Street is. For hotels in downtown I would look at the listing on www.downtownmemphis.com. you can then find hotels with pools. that should link you to the web sites of all the hotels in downtown.

As far as driving around to see other places, here are a few:

the Mississippi Delta, including Clarkesdale an hour south of Tunica. You could go a couple of hours east to Tupelo. There's not much there, but a lot of people like to see the birthplace of Elvis. On the way back you could make a mini detour to Oxford, home of Ole Miss. this is a quaint town with a nice square. A lot of good shops and restaurants on the square. you can also see the home of William Faulkner there.

You could drive two hours west from Memphis to Little Rock, where you can visit the Clinton Library and go to the river market area of downtown. About another hour southwest is Hot Springs.

In addition to Graceland and Beale Street, here are some other ideas:

National Civil Rights Museum

Sun Studios -- this is where Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others recorded. THis takes about an hour. THis is a really cool tour.

The Stax Museum, on the site of the Stax studio where many soul greats of the 60s and 70s recorded

South Main Arts District, home of several art galleries

Rock N Soul Museum, the only permanent Smithosonian exhibit not in DC. this is a really good museum that focuses on the history and background of rock and soul music.

You can watch a minor league baseball game at a really nice park in downtown

You can ride the Ducks, a land/water tour that goes out on the Mississippi

Enjoy the sunset over the river

ride a paddleboat on the river in downtown or in Tunica

ride the trolley

Eat barbecue at least once (unless you don't eat meat)

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We've stayed at the Veranda a couple of times and it's a nice hotel. However, if you're looking for a hotel with something to do nearby, the Veranda may not be it. It's not even connected to the Grand Casino, which is across the street and requires either a shuttle drive over or a car trip. It does, however, have a golf course if you're interested in that. When my husband and I go to Tunica we always stay in Memphis because we find it so much more interesting...more good restaurants and more tourist activities.

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3. Re: Memphis for 4 days August weekend

AlloverGirl from FL?

You'll find Memphis a strange disappointment...stay in Tunica...at least you can gamble and have fun!....

My suggestion is if you're from Naples, Boca, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay, you're going to ask yourself "why did I do this" ? Try a nice summer weekend in a great place like Montreal, Quebec!....great food, diverse culture/language, great art !, superb weather...and shopping (esp ladies clothes !!) to die for (very European !)...

Memphis does have BBQ however....some of it good