Home of the Blues, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll. There's pure magic in the mix in Memphis with world-famous music, attractions, back-alley barbecue joints and the neon nightlife of Beale Street. Music wafts in from the mighty Mississippi River and breezes down Beale Street where blues pioneers first plied their trade.
See the memorabilia and dig deeper at the Blues Music Hall of Fame. Head to Sun Studio where you can literally stand on the mark made by Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins .Visit the most famous address in rock 'n' roll: Graceland, Elvis' beloved mansion. Soul was forged in Memphis as the Stax Museum of American Soul Music laid down the tracks of greats who took the funk out of Memphis and carried it all over the world. Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs, Isaac Hayes, Eddie Floyd and Albert King have all recorded here. Once you get the Memphis tune in your head, let it lead you to all that Memphis has to offer: The historic Peabody Hotel, the Memphis Zoo, Beale Street Landing and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid where you will get the best view of downtown Memphis and the Mississippi River. Or head to midtown and hang with the locals at Overton Square, an entertainment district with restaurants, bars, live music, a cinema with a difference and a comedy club.
There's plenty of history at the powerful National Civil Rights Museum located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, but also the famed music museums and clubs off-the-beaten-path are cultural hidden treasures that also tell the inside stories of the civil rights struggles and triumphs.
Photograph by Craig Thompson