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Though it is well-known as being the hometown of Elvis Presley, Memphis is, in truth, much more than that. It was here that the blues, rock 'n' roll and soul music first got their start. Having given birth to some of the most important musical styles of all time, Memphis welcomes millions of visitors each year as they swarm into the city to get an insider's look at it's rich history and pay homage to some of the biggest performers of the 20th century.

City Info:

  • Largest city in Tn
  • Land Area: 294.8 sq. miles
  • City's major parks: Tom Lee Park, Audubon Park, Overton Park & Memphis Botanic Garden
  • Number of radio stations: 7 AM; 18 FM
  • Number of television stations: 13

Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — Jan: 39.4° F; July: 82.2° F
  • Average annual rainfall — 54.2 inches
  • Average annual snowfall — 5.1 inches

Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

Major Shopping Areas:

  • Southland Mall
  • SpinStreet Gallery
  • Wolfchase Galleria
  • Oak Court Mall
  • Hickory Ridge Mall
  • Shops of Saddle Creek
  • Laurelwood Shopping Center
  • Bo-Jo's Antique Mall

Major Dining Areas:

  • East
  • Midtown/Central
  • Cordova
  • Downtown
  • Millington

Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Graceland
  • National Civil Rights Museum -- The Motel Lorraine
  • Sun Studio
  • Mallory-Neely House
  • The Pyramid
  • Beale Street
  • Rock and Soul Museum
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • Magevney House
  • Davies Manor Plantation

Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Kathy Bates (Actress)
  • Dixie Carter (Actress)
  • Morgan Freeman (Actor)
  • George Hamilton (Actor)
  • W.C. Handy (Musician)
  • Isaac Hayes (Actor/Musician)
  • B.B. King (Musician)
  • Elvis Presley (Musician)
  • Cybill Shepherd (Actress)
  • Justin Timberlake (Musician)
  • Harold Ford, Jr. (Politician)
  • John Daly (Golfer)
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest (Civil War General)
  • Richard Halliburton (Author/Explorer)
  • Shelby Foote (Author)
  • Aretha Franklin (Musician)
National Civil Rights Museum
I was so amazed. It was so awesome to see the different civil right eras. I would go back again. I would love for my children and grandchildren to go to the museum. Overall memphis was a awesome trip. Everyone was so nice and polite.Can't wait to go back again.
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-- Cheryl Wilson - Calumet City, IL
National Civil Rights Museum
The experience as moving and inspirational.
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-- Genevieve Wilburgh - Lithonia, GA
Sun Studio Guided Tour
It was very cool to go to the exact place where some years before, great musicians & singers recorded their songs. The place is lined with pictures & instruments. We had an excellent tour guide & got to see the offices & actual recording studio where the songs were recorded. We were told of the technique of how the records were made, & there were period instruments & sound equipment aroumd the studio, with the places marked where peple stood to perform, such as jerry lee lewis, elvis presley, and johnny cash. The studio is still open to people who want to record there, too. Sun studio was definitely worth the trip!
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-- Teresa Stewart - Lebanon, MO
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