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Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee: Must-see Holiday Spots

By Hitomi Farrell

When you hear the word Memphis, you probably think of Elvis Presley first. If you’re a musician, this is definitely the place you would want to visit. But Memphis is not just about music, as this town also attracts so many different types of people in so many different ways.

Music History

Elvis Presley’s Graceland is filled with the artefacts of his life. This is a must-visit place in Memphis. Being a huge Elvis fan, I quickly signed up for the tour inside this beautiful mansion. Looking through the memorabilia of his music and movie career, and lastly his grave site, I felt like I was in his presence. It was a strange and unbelievable feeling.

My next stop was Sun Studio. I had longed to visit this place for a while. This is where Elvis recorded his first song for his loving mother. I left there satisfied, reinforcing my passion and dreams. Then I visited the Gibson Guitar Factory, where you can take a tour to actually watch the workers make electric guitars. It’s very rare for a mass production factory to have actual human hands involved in so many stages. Each worker is completely focused and dedicated in their work to make the best guitar. I felt like I finally truly understood the meaning of the “best.”

To learn more about music history in Memphis, don’t forget to check out the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and STAX Museum of American Soul Music as well!

Live Music and Neon on Beale Street

It’s like a festival everyday on Beale Street. Restaurants and bars line the street, and live music and Southern barbecue invite so many people to join in the fun every day. At night, the street gets completely blocked off from car traffic and the street becomes like a night-time parade of people having fun. With a beer in my hand, I wandered around the street checking each of the live musical performances that line the street. Watching street performers in the neon lights, I was able to fully experience “Memphis.”

Food, Food, Food

The South is known for its barbecue. Memphis has more than 100 barbecue restaurants. As a rib lover, I picked Rendezvous Ribs for my meal. I sat at the table, enjoying the “Memphis-like” interior, and ordered the pork ribs. The waiter first brought us the appetizer – sausages, cheese, pickles and jalapeños. When my ribs came, my taste buds melted as I enjoyed the meat with their original sauce and seasonings.

Riverboat along the Mississippi River

I felt like taking a little break in order to relax from all the fun festivities, so I took a riverboat ride on the Mississippi River. Our boat embarked from the area right next to the Memphis Queen II, which was built in 1955 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. A comedian-like tour guide joined us and started his class as he called himself “our history teacher.” I was able to learn about the history of Memphis with some good laughs. I stood against the wind with a drink in my hand, enjoying the ride.

For more information, please visit us:

Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau

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