Memphis, Tennessee Attractions

Memphis, Tennessee Attractions
The greasy, gritty city of Memphis, Tennessee is America's quintessential pilgrimage destination for music fans from around the world. You can find some good hiking trails and other outdoor activities in nearby Meeman-Shelby State Park. 52-acre Mud Island River Park offers bike rentals and lovely outdoor scenery. Though you may be a little turned off by the unabashed kitsch and gaudy souvenirs, there's a lot of unforgettable experiences to be had in River City, where the likes of Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, and Elvis himself all made their names.

Graceland

The legendary home of rock n' roll's original superstar, Elvis Presley, was purchased in the late 1950s for the sum of $100,000. To this day, Graceland is still the second most visited home in the U.S., after the White House. For die-hard Elvis fans and casual listeners alike, a visit to Graceland is an unforgettable and fascinating glimpse into the life of Elvis Presley. Highlights include The King's collection of priceless automobiles, an exhibit of his personal belongings, and the mansion itself.

Elvis Presley's Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38116
(901) 332-3322
elvis.com

Sun Studio

If Graceland is the house that Elvis built, suffice it to say that Sun Studio is the house that built Elvis. Arguably the most famous recording studio in America, Sun Studio was the very spot where renowned producer Sam Phillips recorded then unknown artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, and, of course, Elvis Presley. An hour-long tour of this historic landmark tells the story of early rock n' roll and even lets you touch Elvis' microphone.

Sun Studio
706 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38116
(800) 441-6249
sunstudio.com

National Civil Rights Museum

This outstanding museum celebrating the struggles and triumphs of African-Americans is housed in the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was fatally shot on April 4, 1968. The tragic story of Dr. King's assassination and hundreds of others are brilliantly told through photos and artifacts, including a real Greensboro, North Carolina lunch counter.

National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 521-9699
civilrightsmuseum.org

Mud Island River Park

A delightful outdoor park rich in history and scenery, Mud Island River Park is a great spot to spend the afternoon. Here you can rent bicycles, kayaks, and paddle boats as you admire the Mississippi River and its interesting history. Pop into the Mississippi River Museum to peruse old photos and other river paraphernalia. You can even enjoy summer concerts at the Mud Island Amphitheater.

Mud Island River Park
125 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 576-7241
mudisland.com

Article Written By Charlie Higgins

Charlie Higgins is a writer, translator, editor and social-media consultant based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Originally from Connecticut, Higgins holds bachelor's degrees in media studies and music from Oberlin College. He currently works for the financial inclusion and microenterprise news website Microdinero.

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