Best Memphis, TN Attractions

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    10. Memphis Botanic Garden

    With almost 100 acres of gardens set in the middle of East Memphis, there's something for any lover of the outdoors at MBG, including the serenity of a Japanese garden, a huge herb garden and a sensory garden. But...

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    9. Sun Studio

    Sun Studio is a tiny spot - but really, really big events in the history of music happened here. The most famous of all, of course, was Elvis Presley recording 'That's Alright, Mama' in 1954; within a year, he was...

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    7. Dixon Gallery and Gardens

    Since 1976, this museum has housed a spectacular Impressionist collection including Degas, Monet and Pisarro, and the collection of art is rivaled only by the gorgeous gardens surrounding what was once one of...

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    4. Graceland

    Graceland is the second most visited historic home in the United States, hosting more than 600,000 visitors who come to pay homage to the King. How long one spends at Graceland really depends on one's level of...

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    3. Memphis Zoo

    The Memphis Zoo is consistently rated one of the top zoos in the country, both for its breadth of exhibits in an easy-to-navigate layout, and for the sheer fact that one can get pretty close to the animals in almost...

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    2. National Civil Rights Museum

    The National Civil Rights Museum underwent a year-long, multi-million dollar rebirth, re-opening the full museum in 2014 with more interactivity, deeper exhibits, and an even better telling of the stories of the...

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About Memphis, TN Attractions

The city of Memphis has a rich and colorful history of which its citizens are deeply proud, and world-class attractions that offer something for families, music lovers, outdoorsy types and art afficiandoes.

History is everywhere in Memphis, from the Lorraine Hotel, site of the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. - now the National Civil Rights Museum -  to Sun Studio, where Elvis recorded his first record. The most visited private home outside of the White House is Elvis' former home, Graceland. The list of sites important to our country's musical history is never-ending, but there are a few that can't be missed including Stax, also known as Soulsville, USA, and Beale Street, where the blues found its roots as a true American sound. Music pours out of the clubs along Beale, and even from musicians who set up on the street hoping to be discovered.

For families, the Memphis Zoo is always a hit with its polar, panda and grizzly bears, excellent habitats and easy-to-navigate setting. The Botanic Garden's children's garden called My Big Backyard is a wonderful experience for children and their parents. A must-see for kids is the duck parade at the the Peabody Hotel; since the 1930s, the ducks have marched up and down a red carpet twice daily to frolic in the fountain of the Grand Lobby. During the evening parade - promptly at 5:00 p.m., one child is chosen to be an honorary duckmaster, and leads the ducks into the elevator for a journey to their rooftop home.

About Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated style of the eastern edge of the city, there’s a Memphis for every mood, and she loves every part of it. Walker Davies is an experienced broadcast, print, and...  Read more »

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