Memphis is a city on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, famous for the influential strains of blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll that originated there. Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded albums at the legendary Sun Studio, and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a popular attraction. Other music landmarks include the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame and Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
While country music fans visit Nashville, Memphis is known as the home of the blues and birthplace of rock-n-roll, with its iconic Beale Street entertainment, star-studded Sun Studio artists, and Elvis’s larger-than life Graceland estate. Foodies will want to plan on sampling as much of the famous Memphis BBQ as they can in between visiting attractions and while downtown be sure to catch the Peabody Ducks make their march down the red carpet at the Peabody Hotel, as they have done for nearly 100 years. Equally important as its musical fame, Memphis is known for its rich history, especially its connection with slavery and the Civil Rights movement. Highlights of the city’s involvement in African American history include the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum, which is housed in the infamous Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated.