Few people alive today have not heard of Elvis Presley, legendary 'King of Rock 'n Roll', and most associate Memphis, largest city in Tennessee, with the iconic deceased singer. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the city each year, particularly on Elvis' birthday, to make a pilgrimage to Graceland, the mansion where Presley lived and died.

Citing its famous singing sensation as the only draw card in Memphis, however, is failing to do this go-getter city in southwest Tennessee justice. But music makes Memphis special, for sure: not only rock 'n roll but also the fact that the city spawned the modern musical forms of blues and soul as well. Music fans from all over the world stroll down legendary Beale Street in the downtown area, happy to be walking in the footsteps of their heroes.

Aside from touring Graceland there are several other music-related attractions to grab the attention, and a whole lot of other things to see and do in Memphis. The nightlife is world-renowned; the cuisine, particularly barbecue, irresistible; and there are fascinating museums, great gardens, Mississippi river boats, amusement parks, and some quirky cultural and natural sights to explore.

Staff Tip

“Memphis is famous for both its music and its soul food and for good reason! If you want a quirky mix of both, visit Rev Al Greens Full Gospel church and enjoy the congregation breaking into rounds of ‘Take Me Home to the River’ while enjoying your sweet potatoes pancake breakfast. For something really special, take an afternoon cruise on the Mississippi River in a tug boat that would inspire the Huck Finn in anyone!”

Shona Byrne, Memphis

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