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Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville in June

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Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville in June

Hi can anyone help / advise me ? I am 40 on 24th June this year, and want to plan a week long trip for me and my wife around this time to visit Memphis, Tupelo and Nashville.

We are both Elvis and Country music fans, and want to experience as much as possible in this short time.

We want to hire a car to travel between all destinations.

We plan to fly to Memphis, then drive to Tupelo, Nashville and back to Memphis, stopping a day or two at each place, is this way round the best way, or should we fly to Nashville ?

Is it best to book Hotels, or find somewhere to stay during the journey ? I was planing to book the first two nights in Memphis, then find somewhere when there, to suit our journey, is this best ?

Whats the weather like in June ?

Is there a best day of the week to visit Graceland ?

Any advice or help with this trip would be most welcome !

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1. Re: Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville in June

I assume you know you cannot get a direct flight to Memphis from here in the UK. You will have to pick a city to connect from. We like Chicago, it's only about 75-80 mins flight from Chicago. Yes, Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville is a good route, although it does not really matter which way you go.

You would be better advised to book your car hire over here, it will be cheaper. The last couple of years we have used carhire 3000. You can get the car from Memphis airport, it's very easy to get out of and you only have a short drive to downtown. Graceland is about 10 miles from downtown and apart from 2 hotels and the plaza, there is nothing else there.

You could go to Tupelo while you are staying in Memphis, it's only a couple of hours drive (100 miles) you can see the birthplace and other Elvis sites quite easily in a day, it's not worth staying there because it's a short drive from Memphis, you can easily get there and see everything and still be back in Memphis early evening.

Never been to Memphis in June but I am sure it will be very warm.

You would not have a problem getting a hotel but we tend to prebook before we leave, that way we know we are sure of a hotel.

Graceland is well organized so you should not have a problem, week-ends are pretty busy but weekdays are not too bad (providing it's not a national holiday).

The locals will give you more detailed advice. Enjoy your trip to Memphis.

Edited: 2:18 pm, January 20, 2013
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2. Re: Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville in June

Hi Danny B,

The above advice is good. Spend the most nights in a Downtown Memphis hotel where you can walk or ride the vintage trrolley system to most attractions. You can catch the Sun Studio Shuttle at Rock n Soul Museum hourly and ride to Graceland where it picks you back up hourly for the ride to Sun Studio, then back Downtown free of transportation charge. Several hotels are good down there; check the Memphis hotel guest rankings on this site for the best choices. Consider the extras for add on value. The Peabody Hotel hosts a Rooftop Sunset Party on Thursday evenings W/ live music. The Marriott Residence Inn has a Wednesday Rooftop Sunset Cookout w/ Memphis smoked pork BBQ & a long cookline of other goodies + beer and wine free for hotel guests. These hotels will have both been totally refurbished by your visit. Others of note include The Springhill Suites, Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn, all with typical chain features.

Catch the Riverfront Loop Trolley when you first arrive to orient yourself to Downtown and the River. Book a ride on Backbeat Tours' Memphis Mojo Tour for an entertaining exposure to early Rock n Roll haunts with a Rockabilly singer guiding your trip. On Beale Street, Blues City Cafe will have good Memphis Pork Ribs on the cafe side and early rocknroll music next door. The rest of the street will feature predominately Blues unless someone has booked an Elvis impersonator. Itta Bena Restaurant above B.B. King's has a surreal blue tinted line of windows adding a moody blue cast to the neon shining up from Beale St - interesting.

In Nashville check out The Bluebird Cafe where you can listen up close to rising Country singers.(reservations required)www.bluebirdcafe.com. Stroll Lower Broadway where, like Beale St., you can follow the sound you like coming through an open door. Don't leave town without driving out to The Loveless Cafe for a big Country Boy breakfast served by "Good Ol Girl" waitresses who will Hun and Darlin you to death.

Down in Tupelo see where Elvis was born & spent his childhood, but spend more time in Memphis which was his chosen home and from which he impacted the world with his music.

Have fun!

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3. Re: Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville in June

Do not book a hotel near Graceland. The surrounding area is very run down.

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4. Re: Memphis, Tupelo, Nashville in June

The 2 hotels at Graceland, HH & Days Inn are perfectly safe. The area around Brooks Road is not desirable but Graceland plaza is safe.

Edited: 9:20 am, January 24, 2013
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