Known for its music scene and renowned for being the birthplace of legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Otis Redding, if you want somewhere with a rich musical culture then you can’t do much better than Memphis. Head to establishments such as Sun Studio and Memphis Rock ‘N’ Soul Museum for a piece of the magic. Blues fans should stop by Beale Street, a place where BB. King played his guitar on the street in his younger years.
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There is plenty to do on a trip to Memphis, go and watch a Broadway show at the Playhouse on the Square, watch the nationally acclaimed ballet company at Orpheum Theatre, or spend the afternoon shopping in one of the large shopping malls.
Obviously a trip to Memphis is not complete without a trip to Graceland. Here you can find Elvis’s extensive collection of automobiles and motorcycles, along with two of his private planes and other Elvis memorabilia. Travellers planning to visit in the winter months can expect to see the Graceland Christmas Lights Show and Elvis’ birthday celebrations at the mansion.
Those looking to better their knowledge when staying in Memphis will be pleased to see the abundance of museums on offer. The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum was created by the Smithsonian to highlight the musical pioneers of the 1930’s through to the 1970’s. This museum offers seven galleries showcasing musical talent along with an audio tour and over 100 songs by the greats. Other places to note are the National Civil Rights Museum which is the location of Martin Luthur King Jnr’s shooting in 1968 and the Mississippi River Park and Museum which houses a three quarter mile model of the Mississippi River.
More destinations worth a visit in Memphis include the Memphis Zoo, Stax Museum of American Soul and the Memphis Children’s Museum.
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