Things To Do In Memphis

Put on your blue suede shoes and get ready for a rocking' good time in Memphis, Tennessee. This city on the Mississippi River is the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll and Piggly Wiggly grocery stores, and is sure to impress you with an endless list of fun and unique attractions, parks and first-class lodging.

Elvis Presley's Graceland

Music is the first thing many people think of when they picture Memphis. At Elvis Presley's 14-acre estate, visitors on the Graceland Platinum Tour immerse themselves in the world of "The King." The tour includes 8 rooms in Elvis' residence, including the famous Jungle Room, and a look at his fleet of custom airplanes, cars and Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

A second Memphis musical site is the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, housing interviews, photos and recordings of gospel, blues and rock by artists such as Otis Redding and Elvis. At Sun Studio, the "birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," visitors are treated to a look at the microphone Elvis used when he made his very first recording in 1954. Other artists who have recorded at Sun Studio include Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Roy Orbison, Def Leppard and Tom Petty.

Beale Street

After touring some of the historic musical sites in Memphis, take the Memphis Trolley down to famous Beale Street, a section of town lined with shops, art galleries, restaurants and elegant hotels. A visit at night provides a chance to duck into numerous night clubs and enjoy every type of music imaginable, and especially the jazz and blues that Memphis is famous for .

Children's Museum of Memphis

While all ages love music, one place dedicated especially to children is the Children's Museum of Memphis. Here kids can complete arts and crafts projects, tour a model of huge human heart at the Growing Healthy exhibit, learn about firefighting and when to call 911 at the City Friends Exhibit, and at the Garage Exhibit, learn how cars are built and how to change a tire. Parents will delight in seeing their children have fun while making important educational discoveries in a colorful, interactive environment.

Memphis Zoo

In addition to the Children's Museum, Memphis offers an array of other family-oriented entertainment and attractions. Visit the Memphis Zoo, home of 3,000 animals, including two famous Giant Panda Bears. This zoo sponsors important conservation and research programs, and shares its knowledge about animals with visitors through chats with keepers and animal shows. Other family attractions in Memphis include the world's largest pyramid, the Pyramid Arena; the Memphis Queen Riverboat; the Memphis Pink Palace Museum complete with shrunken head and miniature hand-carved circus; and the Peabody Hotel, home of the famous parade of Peabody Ducks, who waddle on webbed feet through the hotel's Grand Lobby every day at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Memphis Main Street Trolley

To make your stay comfortable and convenient, Memphis offers thorough transportation and lodging options. The Main Street Trolley take visitors between attractions, including Beale Street and the Civil Rights Museum. With a wide variety of conveniently located hotels, Memphis will make you feel like you are right at home. If proximity to Graceland is your priority, book a room at the Comfort Inn Airport; for a room with views of the Mississippi River, right on the Trolley route, stay at the Comfort Inn of Downtown Memphis.

By day or by night, in summer or in winter, the city of Memphis will cater to your every whim and fantasy. Treat all of your senses (and especially your ears!) to a trip to Memphis, the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll.

National Civil Rights Museum
I was really amused with all of memphis and what it had to offer as far as the museums and the bar-b-que. The jazz the blues. I could just feel the free spirit of the people of memphis that i was exposed to. Everyone was so friendly. The music was the boom. I guess that i was just over whelmed with all of the history, from martin luther king to elvis presley, and loved those grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I loved the concerts by the river. Memphis i will be back......... Thank you
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-- Nancy L. Stevens - Marion, Indiana
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 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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