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Beale Street

The home of the blues and the birthplace of rock n roll.  Since 1983 Beale Street  has become one of the hottest entertainment districts in the U.S.  Live music, especially blues and jazz, from local amateur and internationally acclaimed musicians flows from street corners, park amphitheaters, and clubs.  Visitors can also enjoy a variety of southern dishes (barbecue, catfish, vegetables and cornbread, grits, sweet iced-tea, fried chicken, Mississippi mud cake, and more) in the many restaurants lining the streets.  Within walking distance of all the downtown attractions, Beale Street is the centerpiece to any tour of Memphis.

Memphis in May

The Memphis in May International Festival hosts the city's largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. PIDT will coincide with the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest weekend, which will surely be an opportunity to see and taste some of the best barbecue in the nation, as well as spot some of Food Network's culinary stars.

The National Civil Rights Museum

Fodor's Review says, "South of Downtown, the motel in which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 has been transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum, an outstanding facility that documents the civil rights movement through exhibits and clever audiovisual displays."  The Lorraine Motel and the building across the street, where sniper James Earl Ray stood, have both been transformed into exhibits.


Graceland

Yahoo!Travel quotes Graceland as "the second most-visited home" in the US.  You see Elvis' home just as it was when he lived there.  In addition to the 70s style home, you have access to his gravesite and his auto museum with the jetplane "Lisa Marie."  Find out just what "TCB" means and just how crazy the Jungle Room is. If you just can't wait, then check out the Graceland cam now.


On the Mississippi

In downtown Memphis and along the "Big River," a number of site will pique your interests.  Mud Island celebrates the Mississippi River.  Trace the twists and turns of the river on a scale model and learn about the history of the cotton trade and the origins of blues and rock and roll.  Ride the suspended rail car like Tom Cruise in "The Firm" to get across to the island.

The Pyramid rises along the Mississippi River to 32 stories, taller than the Status of Liberty and the Taj Mahal.  The Pyramid commemorates Memphis' Egyptian heritage and the city's namesake.  Practically defunct, the Pyramid's future is uncertain.  Ask a Memphian for the latest gossip on plans for the Pyramid.

Relive a more romantic time and celebrate Americana.  Set sail on the Memphis Queen Riverboats to see the "Big River" the same way Mark Twain's heroes did.  Afternoon tours recount histories from the Tennessee and Arkansas shores.