Exploring a Region with Day Trips from Memphis, TN

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Taking a day trip from Memphis is a great way to experience the rest of the region without taking too much time away from your vacation. Just a short drive away, vacationers will find not only the birthplace of a king, but a wonderful world of wildlife, a museum dedicated to soulful sounds of blues music, and an incredible arena and exposition center that holds some of the most exciting events for miles. So take a day out of your next Memphis vacation to discover just what lies outside the town's borders.

The small town of Tupelo has a big claim to fame as the birthplace of the King of Rock n' Roll, Elvis Presley. Here you can visit the very home where he was born. This small, two-room home is a must see visit for any fan of the King, and since it is a little over an hour and forty minutes away, it makes a great day trip for Presley fans. Be sure to enjoy a Elvis Presley's Graceland Platinum Experience beforehand, and maybe buy a couple of Elvis CDs to listen to on the drive over.


On the other south side of Memphis you have Tunica, Mississippi, home to several area casinos for 24-hour nonstop gaming! You can enjoy headlining entertainers, wild parties, games galore, and quite a bit more while here. The golfing opportunities are pretty exhaustive here, so give it a shot. Take a quick stop at the Blues City Cafe for lunch before heading out, as this is one day trip that will have you coming back for more.


Tunica is also home to the Tunica Arena and Exposition Center, which hosts many exciting events throughout the year. Horseshows are the standard fare, with motor sports spread throughout. Team roping events draw large crowds, so it is definitely worth the visit.


On the other side of Memphis, about an hour away, you'll find the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge in Ripley, Tennessee. Travelers who enjoy the thrilling nature of forest wildlife will enjoy observing all that thrive here. You'll find geese, ducks, bald eagles and more throughout this wonderful park. Hunting and youth hunts are also popular throughout the park. Memphis vacationers who enjoy Mud Island River Park won't want to miss this attraction.


Drive a short 75 miles from Memphis and you'll find the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. The building itself is nearly a century old, and is packed with enough information to make it a must see attraction for the area. In the center of the museum is a tribute to one of the best blues artists of all time, Muddy Waters, that you'll want to see.

Elvis Presley's Graceland Platinum Experience
EVen though the upper leVel of the house is not open to the public, the lower leVel & the grounDs are. The house has been restoreD to the conDition it was in 1977. There are couple of rooms (racquetball court) with his suits, golD & platinum recorDs, & eVen the t.V. He gave his parents in 1975. The swimming pool in back of the house is still there with the garDen where elvis, his mother, father, & granDmother are burieD. It was raining lightly & they haD (free to use) umbrella's, conveniently locateD, if neeDeD. Across the street (elvis presley boulevarD......) are a car / tractor /motorcycle museum, uniforms, & suits. There are 2 restaurants, & 11, count 'em, 11 gift shops, with Different elvis memorabilia, post carDs, c.D.'s, pins, shirts & mints. We took the free shuttle to sun studio, which was an amazing experience in itself, everyone was very helpful. I would recommend graceland to anyone who is interested in elvis presley.
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-- Teresa Stewart - Lebanon, MO
Elvis Presley's Graceland Experience
Elvis presley's graceland experience was beyond superb, it was totally awesome! It was an all day affair that was so worth the trip and the cost of everything! Me and my husband enjoyed it so much! The platnium tour was the best package that we got for our money. You see everything and then some! I was impressed with everyone at the tour, everyone was so nice, and very courteous. I would reCommend this trip to anyone who is an die hard elvis fan! Even if you wasn't one, you'll Come out being his biggest fan ever!!!! Thanks to vacationsmadeeasy.Com! Awesome trip!!!!
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-- Marlena Jones - Fort Walton Beach, FL
Elvis Presley's Graceland Platinum Tour
I travelled all the way from ireland to memphis to visit graceland. Any true fan will know that this visit is more that your average holiday trip - it is rely an experience. Visiting the house of elvis, a person who had enthralled me for over 30 years, was something i had hoped for for many years - never rely expecting to get there. I spent nearly 5 hours at graceland - taking in every detail of every room - it was totally fascinating - seeing the rooms where elvis ate, played and recorded. The museum out back is full of fascinating artifacts - but what stopped me in my tracks was when i came to his graveside - i went cold finding it hard to believe that i was there - standing at the grave of elvis presley. Others passed by - but to them i could see it was just another stop on a tour - to a true elvis fan it was something incredible. To any elvis fan who has ever thought of going - i say just do it - what ever it costs it is worth every cent. While in memphis the sun studios tour is also great - the staff give a real good talk, you get to see everything you want and you dont get rushed out of the place. I took a drive to tupelo next day and again its well worth it - the house and museum are excellent. Just do it - he was and is the king - its the trip of a lifetime.
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-- Vincent McG - Dublin Ireland
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